Tomahawk Chops: Daily Atlanta Braves Clippings For Tuesday, July 5th

Brooks Conrad: defensive wiz.

Your one-page daily morning overview of Atlanta Braves news:

Braves quotes after Monday win over Rockies | Atlanta Braves
"Brooks made a couple of nice plays, got one or two hits. With Chipper getting a day [to rest] today, you start feeling more and more comfortable running Brooksy out there, get some at-bats that way."

Jones receives shot; no word on possible fine  |
Chipper Jones’ right knee was sore Monday from his latest cortisone injection, but his wallet wasn’t any lighter. Not yet anyway. The Braves third baseman had strong criticism for umpire Mark Ripperger after being called out on strikes to end Sunday’s 5-4 loss to Baltimore. He called the umpiring "substandard" and said he didn’t care if he got fined. Since Monday was a holiday, any fine likely would come later.

Chipper apologizes for umpiring comments | News
"I wasn't going to give him the honor of throwing me out of the game," Jones said. "I got my say in. I got it on TV. The video doesn't lie. If there is anything I regret saying in the heat of the moment after the game is that the umpiring is substandard. Those guys do as good a job as they can."

Prado encouraged after running session | News
Sidelined since he was diagnosed with a staph infection on June 9, Prado remains hopeful that he could return for this weekend's series against the Phillies. At the same time, the Braves' left fielder believes he might need 30 at-bats before he is ready to begin facing Major League competition again.

Prado progressing; Venters rejuvenated | Atlanta Braves
"Just trying to get my strength back, because I feel like I’m ready [to play]," said Prado, who’s been on the DL four weeks. "I’ve been getting tired so fast. Today was actually better. Way better. I feel good physically. "They might send me [Tuesday] to play somewhere. I might play in Philly [next weekend]. I want to play in play in Philly, man."

Venters available after nice respite | News
Manager Fredi Gonzalez said while the club was in Seattle that he wanted to give the first-time All-Star at least a couple of days off during Atlanta's series with Baltimore. He accomplished that, as the left-hander received all three games off in addition to Thursday's off-day.

Career Profile: Jonny Venters - Minor League Ball
Venters was drafted by the Braves in the 30th round in 2003, from high school in Altamonte Springs, Florida. He was obscure enough that his name was misspelled "Benters" on some draft lists. He didn't sign right away, but went off to Indian River Community College, then signed as a draft-and-follow in the spring of '04. He was hit hard in rookie ball, giving up 53 hits in 43 innings with a 5.74 ERA. However, he made enough progress that he posted a 3.93 ERA in 103 innings for Low-A Rome in '05, although a weak 66/52 K/BB ratio was unimpressive.

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