Tomahawk Chops: Daily Atlanta Braves News Clippings For Monday, September 26th

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 25: Martin Prado #14 of the Atlanta Braves throws his bat after striking out in the eighth inning at Nationals Park on September 25, 2011 in Washington, DC. The Washington Nationals won, 3-1. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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Your one-page daily morning overview of Atlanta Braves news:

Braves quotes after Sunday loss to Nationals | Atlanta Braves
Fredi Gonzalez, does it make it tougher to score later when you fail in earlier opportunities? "I don’t know about that. I’ve never been a major league hitter in that situation. But it sure makes it harder on our pitchers, where you feel like you can’t make a mistake or you’re up against it the whole game. And also, I think it adds confidence to the other pitcher, if he gets out of that jam he feels pretty good about himself. If we scored one or two or break the game open it may be a little different story where we don’t have to face Rodriguez, Clippard and Storen later on."

Medlen perfect in first game since surgery | News
The Braves activated right-hander Kris Medlen on Saturday and watched him complete a perfect seven-pitch eighth inning in Sunday's 3-0 loss to the Nationals. It was his first appearance since undergoing Tommy John elbow reconstruction surgery last August.

Gonzalez remains out; Wilson fills in at short | News
When Alex Gonzalez aggravated a right calf strain in Miami on Tuesday night, the Braves were hoping he might miss just a couple of games. But when the veteran shortstop revealed he was still feeling some discomfort in his calf Sunday, the club opted to keep him out of the lineup for a fourth straight game. "It's an iffy thing, especially with that calf, manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "We'll play it smart."

Club not ruling out Jurrjens pitching in NLDS | News
If the Braves qualify for the playoffs, it appears Jair Jurrjens would be unavailable for the National League Division Series. But with questions surrounding their rotation and Jurrjens' right knee feeling better, the club is not ruling anything out. "There is a possibility," manager Fredi Gonzalez said when asked about Jurrjens on Sunday morning. "I like to keep it open."

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