The future may indeed be bright for the Atlanta Braves but the present is currently the darkest of darks. USATODAY's Bob Nightengale points out that the team is on pace for a record 134 losses and talks with Vice Chairman John Schuerholz about the tough start and the state of the franchise.
“I’d be disingenuous if I didn’t say it’s tough to go through what we’re going through now, to be brutally honest with you,” Schuerholz told USA TODAY Sports. “It’s disappointing for all of us and for those who are Braves fans and have never had to see us endure this.
“The expectation was just so different than this. We didn’t expect to blow the doors off, but we did expect to be competitive. We did expect to have an influx of young players that were exciting and showed a glimpse of the future.
“We are celebrating the last year at Turner Field, and we wanted to give a thank you to our fans for their support. Now, there’s a wonderment, ‘What’s wrong with our beloved Braves? We cry for them. We hurt for them. What’s going on?’
“This just hasn’t worked out the way we thought it would be, and now we’re all asking questions.”
The AJC's David O'Brien reports that the Braves will activate infielder Gordon Beckham from the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday. Beckham has been out of action due to a strained hamstring but showed no ill-effects in a recent rehab stint with Gwinnett.
To make room for Beckham on the roster, Atlanta will designate outfielder Matt Tuiasosopo for assignment.
Garrett Spain takes an in depth look at Braves third base prospect Rio Ruiz who is off to a good start at Gwinnett.
I think that Ruiz is back to being the player I thought he was before last season. I personally never gave up, but I could see the concerns and felt they were warranted. He did, however, have to adjust to a completely different team, environment, and league very quickly. Rio Ruiz has impressed me more than any player this season, and has shown me more than enough reason to believe he is a solid starter at third base and will be a key cog in the revival of the Braves.
The Atlanta Braves acquired 32-year old catcher Anthony Recker from the Cleveland Indians for cash considerations on Monday. Recker was assigned to Triple-A Gwinnett where he will serve as organizational depth. Recker was hitting .246 with two home runs and 10 RBIs in 19 games for Triple-A Columbus.
The search for a new spring training home for the Atlanta Braves is ongoing but it appears that you can cross Collier County off the list. The two sides were slated to meet face-to-face on Wednesday but that meeting was cancelled because the county would be unable to meet the tight deadline of having the stadium ready by 2018.
The team is also eyeing Palm Beach and Sarasota as potential locations.
Andrelton Simmons suffered a "full thickness tear of the ulnar collateral ligament" in his left thumb. He will undergo surgery and is expected to miss at least 6-8 weeks although that might be an optimistic projection.
Steven Strasburg and the Washington Nationals have reached an agreement on a 7-year, $175 million extension. Strasburg was expected to be the biggest name pitcher on the market next offseason. The deal reportedly contains a pair of opt outs that reportedly come after the 2020 and 2021 seasons.