The Atlanta Braves’ homestand ended in a washout Thursday as the series finale was postponed due to unplayable conditions at Truist Park. The Braves and Rockies played through a persistent rain storm Wednesday night and the field soaked up a lot of water. That presents a pretty big scheduling problem for Major League Baseball as Atlanta and Colorado don’t have another mutual off day between them. That means that Thursday’s game is likely to be played on October 4 which would be the day after the 2021 regular season is scheduled to end. The game will likely only be played if it has a direct bearing on the NL East or Wild Card standings.
The Braves will now head out west for an 11-game, 10-day trip that will take them to San Francisco, Arizona and San Diego. Brian Snitker said Thursday that the team will push Ian Anderson to Friday’s series opener against the Giants. Charlie Morton and Max Fried will follow on Saturday and Sunday.
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- Prior to Thursday’s cancellation, the Braves placed right-hander Luke Jackson on the paternity list and reinstated reliever Chris Martin from the injured list. Martin has been out since September 2 with what was called forearm inflammation. He made one rehab appearance with Gwinnett before being activated.
- Mark Simon is joined by Braves outfielders Adam Duvall and Michael Harris to talk outfield defense on the Sports Info Solutions Baseball Podcast
- MLB.com’s Mark Bowman joined Greg McMichael and Ricky Mast on Behind the Braves where they discussed the 2021 season, the new look outfield and more.
- Angels two-way star Shohei Ohtani is dealing with a sore arm and may not pitch any more during the 2021 season. Also, it is looking less likely that we will see Mike Trout play anymore this season. Manager Joe Maddon said Wednesday that he would be surprised to see Trout return to the field this season.
- Royals catcher Salvador Perez launched his 45th home run of the season tying him with Johnny Bench for the single-season record for homers by a catcher.
- The San Diego Padres placed left-hander Blake Snell on the 10-day injured list with a left adductor strain and signed Vince Velasquez to a minor league contract. Velasquez was released by the Phillies earlier this week and is expected to join the Padres’ rotation over the weekend.
- It leaked a little earlier this week but Major League Baseball announced Thursday that the Seattle Mariners will host the 2023 All-Star Game at T-Mobile Park. Seattle last hosted the event in 2001.
- MLB.com’s Mike Petriello spotlights six hitters who got off to slow starts but have turned it on during the second half of the season.