Tomahawk Chops: Daily Atlanta Braves News Clippings For Wednesday, May 30th


Above video from last night's game shows Martin Prado doing his new "groin-pull" handshake with David Ross. Your one-page daily morning overview of Atlanta Braves news:

Braves quotes after streak-busting win over Cards | Atlanta Braves
Fredi Gonzalez, on Dan Uggla: "If you look at the past six, seven games, he’s walked. He’s been patient. They haven’t pitched to him much and today, they got in a situation where they pitch to him. That was a big blow right there. Bourny leading off the game with a home run. We played good baseball today. We didn’t break. We bent a little bit but we didn’t break. I thought Delgado was very good, other than the growing pains of (not getting) shutdown innings. We had two opportunities and didn’t get that done, but that’s a growing pain thing. He did a nice job."

St. Louis Cardinals at Atlanta Braves - May 29, 2012 | MLB.com ATL Recap
"It's a sigh of relief every time we win a game," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "It doesn't matter if we win 15 in a row or lose eight in a row. It's tough to win Major League games."

Bourn, Uggla homers help Braves end 8-game skid | Atlanta Braves
"Everybody knows how bad we’ve been scuffling, ain’t no secret," said Uggla, who hit a three-run homer with two out in the third inning for a 4-0 lead. "Just to get this first one, kind of ease the tension, ease the pressure a little bit, remember what this feels like, I think was obviously a big night."

Fredi calls meeting, has pep talk with players | braves.com: News
"Sometimes you've got to remind them that they are a good club," Gonzalez said. "If you lined up some of the starters that we have beat, it's a sign of a good club. If you lineup up some of the offensive teams our pitchers have beat, it's a good club."

Gonzalez tries hitting pitcher eighth | Atlanta Braves
"You’ve got to try to push the envelope as much as you can sometimes," Gonzalez said. "Here we are, lost eight in a row. You’ve got the right personnel to do it with (Jose) Constanza. You’ve got (Tyler) Pastornicky who has hit eighth for the most part all his time here, so that’s not going to be a big change for him. Why not?"

Freeman expects to rejoin lineup Wednesday | braves.com: News
"I will have goggles [Wednesday] and we're going to see if they can work [Wednesday]," Freeman said. Manager Fredi Gonzalez wasn't quite as optimistic about the arrival of Freeman's glasses and is prepared to wait until Friday at Washington to get his first baseman back in the lineup. "I think it's either on Thursday or Friday," Gonzalez said. "The doctor says everything is a process."

Freeman’s goggles scheduled to arrive Wednesday – updated | Atlanta Braves
Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said a visit to Braves eye specialist Alan Kozarsky Tuesday confirmed that Freeman should continue with this course of action, resting his eyes from contacts and treating them with drops, until his sport goggles arrive. Freeman expects another pair from Under Armour on Friday which he’ll test out in addition to the Oakleys to see which feel more comfortable.

Braves to turn right-hander Kris Medlen into a starter at Triple-A Gwinnett | braves.com: News
"It's hard to stretch [Medlen] out in the Major Leagues," Gonzalez said. "So we have sent him down so he can get stretched out. He's got to go down there and perform and have quality starts and be able to help us when that time is needed."

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