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Braves News: Atlanta’s homer barrage continues, Gausman to the IL, Minter returns and more

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Atlanta Braves News

Braves Blast 5 Bombs to Beat Bucs 7-5

The Atlanta Braves homered five times, including a pair from Brian McCann, to help them come away with a 7-5 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Braves place Kevin Gausman on IL, recall AJ Minter from Gwinnett

The Braves placed right-hander Kevin Gausman on the injured list due plantar fasciitis in his right foot on Tuesday and recalled reliever A.J. Minter from Triple-A Gwinnett.

Braves will start Sean Newcomb Saturday, Josh Donaldson hit with 1-game suspension

The team also announced that Sean Newcomb would take Gausman’s place in the rotation on Saturday provided he isn’t needed out of the bullpen between now and then. Additionally, Josh Donaldson was hit with a one-game suspension for his part in Monday’s bench clearing incident against the Pirates. Donaldson appealed the suspension and was in the lineup for Tuesday’s game.

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Ortiz takes first steps following second surgery

Former Red Sox slugger David Ortiz reportedly underwent a second surgery back in Boston and took his first steps since suffering a gunshot wound while in the Dominican Republic on Sunday.

Pirates To Recall Mitch Keller

The Pittsburgh Pirates will recall top pitching prospect Mitch Keller from Triple-A to start Wednesday’s game in Atlanta.

Corey Seager Suffers Hamstring Injury

The Los Angeles Dodgers may be without shortstop Corey Seager for a while after he suffered a left hamstring injury. The Dodgers suspect it is a Grade 2 strain for Seager who will undergo an MRI for confirmation.

MLB gives new look to All-Star Futures Game

Major League Baseball is changing the format of the Futures Game during All-Star weekend. The game will now feature prospects from the American League facing the National League instead of the US versus World format from before. In addition, the game will be shortened from nine innings to seven.