Tomahawk Chops: Daily Atlanta Braves News Clippings For Saturday, September 3rd

Not the Braves night, though levitating a bat is pretty cool.

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

Braves quotes after Friday loss to Dodgers | Atlanta Braves
Fredi Gonzalez, on Arodys Vizcaino’s five-run inning: "I think that’s the first night where he got hit around a little bit. Facing the middle of their lineup with people on base, hopefully he learns from that experience and it gets him over the hump."

Delgado to start Sunday, Teheran on Thursday | News
Delgado will start on Sunday at Turner Field against the Dodgers in place of Jair Jurrjens, and Teheran will take the hill in Thursday's doubleheader with the Mets at Citi Field.

Hanson takes a step in the right direction | News
General manager Frank Wren remains hopeful that Jair Jurrjens and Tommy Hanson will be available if the club qualifies for the playoffs. With less than one month remaining in the regular season, time is certainly not on the side of either pitcher, but Hanson did take a small step in the right direction while playing catch at Turner Field for about 10 minutes on Friday afternoon.

Medlen is throwing again, eyeing 2012 return | Atlanta Braves
"I want to play but I’ve accepted it," Medlen said. "I was optimistic that after the six weeks I’d be able to jump right in and I have, but it was just too much time off and be able to come back. I don’t want to mess up their season coming back and trying to do something for me, testing my arm and see how it feels. That would be selfish for me to try to do that while they’ve busted their tails the entire year and are in a really good position to make the playoffs."

Lugo's release extends history of 'cursed locker' | News
When the Braves activated newly acquired infielder Jack Wilson from the disabled list on Friday and released Julio Lugo, they added to the history of what has become known as the "cursed locker." Lugo occupied this corner locker after Jordan Schafer vacated when he was traded to the Astros on July 31. Schafer had been assigned the locker when Cristhian Martinez was sent to the Minors during the last week of June. Martinez had taken occupancy of the locker just a week earlier, after Joe Mather was released.

Braves farm director Kemp stepping down | Atlanta Braves
Braves director of player development Kurt Kemp has stepped down to pursue other baseball opportunities, Braves general manager Frank Wren said Friday. Kemp has overseen the Braves minor league operations for the past five years. He has been with the Braves since 1998, including his first four years as an area scout and the next five as a cross-checker. "Kurt Kemp has decided to step down as Director of Player Development to pursue other opportunities in baseball," Wren said in a statement. "We wish Kurt and his family well."

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