One night after suffering a sloppy loss, the Atlanta Braves exploded for five home runs on their way to a 15-3 rout of the Philadelphia Phillies. With the win, Atlanta again pulls even in the NL East standings with Philadelphia and are four back of New York. Drew Smyly tossed four more scoreless innings and got out of a bases loaded jam in the fourth, but left the game between innings due to some soreness in his knee. Brian Snitker said after the game that Smyly will get checked out on Sunday.
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- Prior to Saturday’s game, Atlanta announced that they had reinstated outfielder Ender Inciarte from the injured list and designated him for assignment. The Braves will be responsible for the remainder of this 2021 salary and the $1 million buyout on his 2022 option.
- Injuries have certainly played a big part in the Braves’ 2021 struggles, but in a lot of areas, they have just played bad baseball.
- MLB.com’s Mike Petriello makes 25 predictions for 25 players for the trade deadline and predicts that the Braves will send Charlie Morton back to the Tampa Bay Rays.
- MLB Network’s Jon Heyman reports that Nationals ace Max Scherzer is being discussed in potential trades. Given the lack of available starting pitchers at the deadline, Scherzer would easily be the biggest name available. To add another layer to this story, Scherzer was scratched from his scheduled start Saturday with what was termed mild right triceps discomfort.
- Joey Gallo is one of the bigger name hitters that is thought to be available at the deadline but the Rangers are reportedly making a last ditch effort to try and work out a contract extension.
- The Mets acquired outfielder Mark Payton from the Reds in exchange for cash considerations. Payton had been designated for assignment earlier this week.
- The Miami Marlins got a key player back and lost another Saturday. The team announced that All-Star lefty Trevor Rogers was headed to the injured list due to lower back muscle spasms. Miami also activated third baseman Brian Anderson from the 60-day injured list and designated catcher Chad Wallach for assignment.
- The Mets transferred lefty David Peterson to the 60-day injured list Saturday after he suffered a Jones fracture in his right foot while walking Friday and will need surgery. Peterson was already on the injured list with an oblique strain.