The Braves looked promising early, as Julio Teheran was throwing to ace form while battling flu-like symptoms. However, the offense coming to a screeching halt along with Braves bullpen blunders led to the Dodgers being victorious by a 5-3 tally. Jason Grilli looked uncomfortable in his appearance as he had two runs credited to his line, and Freddie Freeman's slump continues as he struck out four times.
Williams Perez had started twice within a span of four days, so the Braves brass believed that it would be beneficial to add an extra arm for long relief, and they have done just that. RHP Casey Kelly has been taken from Gwinnett's roster, and seems to be a viable option for a bullpen role. In starting with the AAA club last week, he threw seven innings of shutout baseball. Kelly is the pitcher that was acquired in exchange for catcher Christian Bethancourt from San Diego this offseason.
As a result of adding Casey Kelly for bullpen depth, the Braves are short a starter for the next few days. Therefore, they will either have to use Ryan Weber, or minor leaguers Aaron Blair or Mike Foltynewicz for Sunday's matinee against New York. Both of these pitchers present their own cases to start, as Blair, who would be making his MLB debut, hurled 7.1 innings of no-hit baseball for Gwinnett on Tuesday night. Foltynewicz's experience at the major league level and some quality outings so far with Gwinnett this season will give him room to believe he will be starting against the NL East foe Mets.
Braves third baseman Adonis Garcia was a late scratch from Wednesday's lineup due to a sore knee. Garcia suffered the injury in Tuesday's game when he was hit by a pitch by Dodger starter Alex Wood. The knee was sore on Wednesday and the Braves elected to play it safe although Garcia did get in as a pinch hitter late. He is considered as day-to-day and could return to the lineup as soon as Thursday.
This news falls on a national spectrum for MLB and demonstrates the actions which can be taken in order for families to seek compensation. Greg Murrey, a season ticket holder for the Braves fell from section 401 last season and died. Currently, a lawsuit has been filed and the family is seeking compensation for Greg's life.
Former Giants ace Tim Lincecum has been out of the game to this point this season after struggling in previous years. However, he has actively been trying to make a comeback and is ready to play if a team is willing to sign him. The previously mentioned Giants are interested in resigning the former durable starter to give him another opportunity to compete for a spot.