Tomahawk Chops: Daily Atlanta Braves News Clippings For Tuesday, September 13th

A lot of Braves players assumed the frustrated disbelief pose last night.
Braves Wild Card Magic Number
Odds Of Braves Making Playoffs
11 (-1 change)
94.8% (+0.4% change)

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

Braves postgame quotes following Monday’s loss to Marlins | Atlanta Braves
Fredi Gonzalez: "They made some nice pitches and we didn’t get the ball up in the air. We had the right guys up. We had an opportunity to pick up a game – we saw St. Louis had lost – and we didn’t. That’s just the way it goes sometimes."

Live from the Braves: The race tightens, but they're not tight | Mark Bradley
Said McCann, more seriously now: "If you’d told us in spring training we’d be 4 1/2 up with two weeks to go, we’d have taken it. Every team in baseball would have taken it. We’re fine. Nobody’s panicking."

Gonzalez back with Braves after missing series | News
Shortstop Alex Gonzalez returned to the Braves' lineup Monday against the Marlins after sitting out the three-game series in St. Louis over the weekend with lower back tightness. "I think those three days have helped him," manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "He progressed every day. He got better and better every day. He should be good to go today and maybe the rest of the way."

Braves feel no need for closed-door meeting  |
"We were playing bad," Gonzalez said. "We’re playing pretty good baseball. I know the outcome is not what we wanted. We wanted to be 6-2, not 2-6, but these guys are giving you everything they have. ... To sit there and have a closed door meeting, no, I’m not there yet."

Hanson progresses; Jurrjens to miss rest of '11? | News
While Tommy Hanson is aiming to pitch in an instructional league game within the next week, fellow Braves right-hander Jair Jurrjens has been forced to deal with the fact that a right knee injury could prevent him from pitching in the playoffs for the second straight year. "I'm trying to stay positive and take it day by day, but it's something that you have to check on reality too," Jurrjens said. "In a way, are you going to be able to help this team out? Every athlete is going to say 'yes.' I could say, 'Yes, I will come and pitch.' But is the guy going to help? I don't know yet. That's the thing I'm doubtful [about]."

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