Tomahawk Chops: Daily Atlanta Braves News Clippings For Tuesday, February 28th

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


Justice, McGriff join Braves camp as instructors | braves.com: News
There was a nostalgic feel in the air on Monday when the Braves welcomed David Justice and Fred McGriff to Spring Training to serve as special instructors over the course of the next week. "It's always good to come back to any function with the Braves," Justice said. "This is where my heart is. Even though I played with other teams, this is home for me."

Justice, Crime Dog are back with Braves this week | Atlanta Braves
"I just told Freddy that we’ve got Terry Pendleton, me and Freddy — we’ve got 3, 4 and 5 hitters," said Justice, smiling. "I’ll take on any coaching staff within a 20-mile radius. And we’ve got [Braves minor league instructor Doug] Dascenzo leading off. "I said let’s go play somebody – for one inning."

Hanson feeling 'really strong' after latest workout | braves.com: News
"Everything felt really good," Hanson said. "I felt really strong and no headaches. So I'm good. ... The sooner I get out there, the better. So hopefully, it's [Tuesday]."

Jurrjens happy knee is pain free in camp | braves.com: News
"I can concentrate on pitching without having to worry about my knee," Jurrjens said. Noted knee specialist Dr. Richard Steadman fitted Jurrjens with a brace that provides stability to his knee and hip. The 26-year-old pitcher has found even greater relief since starting to wear orthotics in his shoes. This step was taken after it was determined some of the extra strain on his knee was a product of a shorter-than-normal joint in his right big toe.

Atlanta Braves second baseman Dan Uggla proved his mettle in up-and-down 2011 | braves.com: News
"If what happened to him happened to 98 percent of the players, we'd have a massive amount of players quitting the game," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "He did not allow it to get him down. He was the same guy every day."

Prospect Simmons wants Majors debut in 2012 | braves.com: News
"Of course, who doesn't [want to play in the Majors]," Simmons said. "During the year at some time, I'm hoping to be there and try to help the team win. It's possible. I know I've still got some stuff to learn. I'm trying to learn as quick as I can."

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