Tomahawk Chops: Daily Atlanta Braves News Clippings For Tuesday, August 9th

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

Braves quotes after Monday win over Marlins | Atlanta Braves
Fredi Gonzalez, on Uggla’s streak "You pull for all your players the same. But what he went through in April and May, and how he kept a level head and came in every day and answered all the questions, it’s nice for him to be able to do what he signed up for. You’ve got to give him all the credit in the world. There’d be a lot of guys moping around in April and May. He was the same guy. You guys saw that."

Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez, first baseman Freddie Freeman ejected for arguing balls and strikes | braves.com: News
"As I walking, I didn't throw my helmet down, I just tossed it to the dugout and he warned me after that," Freeman said. "I'm not even [a left-handed thrower] and I kind of just tossed my bat with my left hand and he threw me out. I couldn't believe it. I've seen a lot worse. But it was one of those nights and he tossed me out."

Braves' Uggla hustles his way to 29-game hitting streak | braves.com: News
"Every hit counts," Uggla said. "You've got to take the infield ones with the doubles in the gap. Hitting ain't easy."

Streak ends, but Freeman's focus on winning | braves.com: News
Freddie Freeman enjoyed his 20-game hitting streak. But Atlanta's rookie first baseman showed his maturity Sunday when he proved he understood it was more important for him to get on base than to extend the streak.

Constanza gets start in right over Heyward | braves.com: News
Constanza entered Monday batting .500 (13-for-26) in his previous seven games, with five hits in nine at-bats against left-handed pitchers. "Jason has been having better at-bats," manage Fredi Gonzalez said. "I hope it gets to a point where everybody gets hot."

McCann eyes Friday return, but only if ready | braves.com: News
While taking batting practice and throwing in the outfield before Monday night's game at Sun Life Stadium, Braves catcher Brian McCann did not feel the discomfort that was present in his left side when he played long toss at Citi Field on Sunday. Encouraged by the improvement, McCann remains hopeful that he could be activated from the disabled list as early as Friday. But the six-time All-Star and the Braves realize how important it will be to make sure the left oblique muscle he strained July 26 has completely healed.

Hanson could skip start | Atlanta Braves
If Tommy Hanson’s shoulder is bothering him, the Braves want to know. Gonzalez said he and pitching coaching Roger McDowell would talk with Hanson and determine whether the right-hander needs to skip a start or have his scheduled turn Friday moved back.

Simmons plates career-high seven | MiLB.com News | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball
"I'm just trying to be quicker with my hands and trying to swing hard," the Carolina League All-Star said. "I'm using my speed for extra bases." "I'm pretty happy, I didn't even realize it was seven, I thought it was four, I forgot about the first three," he said.

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