Atlanta Braves News
Max Fried allowed just one run over six innings while Ronald Acuña Jr. launched his 34th home run of the season to help the Atlanta Braves to a 5-3 win over the New York Mets. Atlanta has a six-game lead over the Nationals in the NL East and pushed their lead over New York to nine games with Tuesday’s win.
With a 30-30 season a virtual certainty and with 40-40 in sight, could Ronald Acuña Jr. parlay another strong second half performance into MVP consideration?
The Braves received some good news on Tuesday when it was announced that Austin Riley’s knee injury won’t require surgery. Riley met with famed orthopedist Dr. James Andrews on Monday. Riley and the Braves will play it safe and not rush him back. He is shooting for taking batting practice sometime next week and then play in some minor league rehab games before rejoining the Braves.
Dansby Swanson continues to to deal with a right heel ailment and there currently is no word on when he might be able to return. Swanson suffered the injury on July 23 and aggravated it while running during the first weekend of August according to MLB.com’s Mark Bowman. He fielded ground balls from his knees with infield coach Ron Washington prior to Tuesday’s game but has otherwise stayed off his feet as much as possible.
After dealing with a short bench for several days, Atlanta added another option on Tuesday promoting outfielder Rafael Ortega to the majors. Ortega compiled a .285/.373/.524 line with a 126 wRC+ for Gwinnett this season.
The Phillies announced on Tuesday that hitting coach John Mallee had been dismissed and will be replaced by former manager Charlie Manuel. Philadelphia is in fourth place and nine games back in the East but are just two back of the final wild card spot.
The Braves may not have to worry about Mets All-Star Jeff McNeil for the remainder of their series. McNeil left Tuesday’s game in the ninth inning after suffering what appeared to be a hamstring injury. He will undergo an MRI exam to determine the extent of the injury on Wednesday.
The Phillies still haven’t made a decision in regards to Jake Arrieta’s status in the team’s rotation. Arrieta was slated to meet with the team’s management this week to discuss if he should continue to pitch, and deal with a bone spur in his elbow, or shut it down for the rest of the season and seek treatment. Arrieta has a 5.76 ERA and has allowed 84 hits over his last 13 starts.
Max Scherzer threw a simulated game Tuesday and moved another stop closer to returning to the team’s rotation. The Nationals will see how Scherzer feels on Wednesday before discussing the next course of action. Scherzer has been limited to just two starts since the All-Star break due to reoccurring back issues.