Tomahawk Chops: Daily Atlanta Braves News Clippings For Wednesday, March 7th

Here's to a healthy season for Kris Medlen, in whatever role he is needed.

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

Healthy Medlen gets started on new season | Atlanta Braves
"He is an upper-tier swing guy," Gonzalez said. "He could be a middle of the rotation type starter. He could help you out in the bullpen in those middle innings. He could do a lot of different stuff. Usually those swing guys are 34 years old and done a little bit. Not him." While Medlen would prefer to start, he will go where needed most. "I’ve accepted the fact that I could be both," Medlen said. "I have to train for both of them just in case."

Atlanta Braves relievers Craig Kimbrel, Jonny Venters and Eric O'Flaherty focused only on winning | News
Like the Nasty Boys -- Randy Myers, Norm Charlton and Rob Dibble -- are still heralded by Reds fans, the Braves will never forget the incredible work John Smoltz, Mike Remlinger and Chris Hammond provided as the 2002 Atlanta bullpen posted an impressive 2.60 ERA. "I think these guys are better," Braves third baseman Chipper Jones said in reference to his team's current core relievers. "These guys have the ability to make you swing and miss. They know exactly what they want to do every time they walk out there. I'm glad they're on my team."

Fredi happy with Medlen's first outing | News
"Medlen was outstanding, he really was," Gonzalez said. "He threw some good changeups to some left-handed hitters, and some fastballs. That was nice to see."

Chipper slated to miss fourth straight game | News
Chipper Jones will miss his fourth straight game on Wednesday as he rests his legs. The Braves' veteran third baseman felt some soreness around his thighs while playing in Saturday's Grapefruit League opener against the Tigers. "I'll try to get over it and then ease my way back into it," Jones said Tuesday morning.

Offseason In Review: Atlanta Braves: MLB Rumors -
MLBTR gives a good rundown of the Braves off-season.

MUST READ Right-arrow_medium Atlanta Braves pitcher Buddy Carlyle helps Japan quake victims | SaportaReport
After 17 years in pro baseball, the Carlyles are used to rapid shifts in the foundation of their family’s life. That’s why their family supporters are so precious to them, and that’s why when the earthquake shook Japan on March 11, 2011, the Carlyles pitched in to care for the single mom who had cared for them, and for her community that suddenly, desperately needed help.

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