Tomahawk Chops: Daily Atlanta Braves News Clippings For Wednesday, August 10th

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

Braves quotes after 11-inning win over Marlins | Atlanta Braves
Fredi Gonzalez, on using Varvaro there instead of O’Flaherty: "We were going into the game today trying not to use Kimbrel. We were going to close with Venters, and kind of push everything back a little. I think you could tell that when O’Flaherty doesn’t come in the seventh. Because Kimbrel went three out of four [games before today], now it’s four out of five. Now it’s Venters in the same boat tomorrow."

Big hits are cause for hugs with Freeman and Braves | Atlanta Braves
"I just hug everybody," said Freeman, 21, who is nearly 6 feet 5, weighs over 240 pounds, and has a disarmingly goofy demeanor and rather odd haircut. "I don’t know why. It’s just what I do. I give hugs instead of high-fives. Hugs are more fun."

Heyward understands decision to play Constanza | Atlanta Braves
"Now that I have a little bit more free time, I’m able to clear my head some more and get rest," he said. "It’s positive. Everybody sees I’m the same guy in the clubhouse. It’s not about me. I’m here for the long run, and hopefully I can get back to where I’m producing on a daily basis."

Cautious Braves may delay McCann's return | News
The Braves continue to be encouraged by the progress Brian McCann has made while attempting to return from a strained left oblique muscle. But manager Fredi Gonzalez said his six-time All-Star catcher will have to wait until at least Friday before beginning his Minor League rehab assignment.

Hanson returns to Atlanta to have shoulder checked  |
"They’ll do the whole workup on him and see what’s there, see if there’s a problem," Gonzalez said. "No matter how the evaluation goes, we’re going to go ahead and bump him back." Hanson, who was scheduled to start Friday against the Cubs, is now penciled in to start Tuesday against San Francisco, pending the outcome of the exam. Mike Minor will move up a day to start Friday and be on regular rest because of Thursday’s off-day.

Lynchburg's Moran flirts with no-hitter | News | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball
"I had three out of my four pitches working for me," he said. "My change-up, I kind of went away from it later in the game. I was using the cut fastball all game long, and the two-seamer and curveball. I was throwing strikes with all three, and I was able to keep them off balance. Whenever I got behind in the count, I threw sinkers on the outside corner and had them drive it into the ground."

The Braves signed him out of the independent leagues (link). He's 6'9"!

Vanderbilt pitcher Navery Moore talks about signing with the Braves | Vanderbilt
Navery Moore, Vanderbilt closer and Battle Ground Academy alumnus, signed with the Atlanta Braves organization on Tuesday and ended hopes he would be back in a Commodores uniform next season. Moore was a valuable arm out of the bullpen (and potentially a starter next season) with eligibility left who figured to be on the fence about turning pro after being drafted in the 14th round – well below most projections. Always a class act, Moore discussed his reasons for signing while making the drive from Atlanta to Orlando to join the GCL Braves rookie team.

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