Atlanta Braves News
Ozzie Albies banged out four more hits including two homers to help lead the Atlanta Braves to an 11-7 win and a series victory over the Minnesota Twins. Freddie Freeman and Ronald Acuña Jr. both hit their 29th home run of the season while Max Fried turned in a great performance on the mound.
It raised eyebrows on Wednesday when Austin Riley wasn’t in the lineup against Twins left-handler Martin Perez. We found out why following the game when Brian Snitker informed reporters that Riley and suffered a knee injury while working out prior to Tuesday’s game. He will be placed on the injured list with what is being categorized as a knee ligament injury which doesn’t sound good. We will find out more on Thursday.
A recent hot streak has put a potential 40-40 season in play for Ronald Acuña Jr. Acuña homered again on Wednesday giving him 29 on the season to go along with 26 stolen bases. He needs 11 homers and 14 stolen bases over the final 46 games to reach the milestone.
Max Fried turned in one of his best starts of the season on Wednesday. His performance along with Mike Foltynewicz’s strong start on Tuesday give the Braves a reason to be optimistic in regards to their rotation down the stretch.
Longtime Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia’s career may be in question after he underwent another surgery on his troublesome left knee. Pedroia underwent a “joint preservation procedure” on Tuesday. There is no timetable for his return but it sounds like he at least wants to make an attempt at another comeback.
Jonathan Lucroy wasn’t on the free agent market long as he as agreed to deal with the Chicago Cubs. He will join the team Thursday in Cincinnati. Lucroy was released by the Angels earlier this week.
The Diamondbacks designated veteran reliever Greg Holland for assignment on Wednesday and reinstated Blake Swihart from the 60-day injured list.