Ozzie Albies worked out on the field prior to Thursday’s opener against the Colorado Rockies but remained out of the lineup. Albies left Tuesday’s game in Los Angeles after fouling a pitch off his knee. Brian Snitker said before the game that it was possible that Albies could return to the lineup Thursday, but the team elected to give him another day to rest the injury. Albies appeared to be moving well and barring any setbacks, it wouldn’t be surprising to see him back in the lineup as soon as Friday. Albies is hitting .259/.317/.482 with 23 home runs and a 110 wRC+. Ehire Adrianza started at second for the Braves Thursday.
- In this week’s Starting Nine, Cory McCartney looks at who is the Braves’ top MVP candidate.
- Austin Riley credits minor league hitting coordinator Mike Brumley for his breakout 2021 season.
- Prior to Thursday’s game, the Braves placed reliever Chris Martin on the 10-day injured list due to inflammation in his right elbow. Sean Newcomb was recalled from Gwinnett to fill Martin’s spot on the active roster.
- MLB Pipeline spotlights one hot hitting prospect for each team. For the Braves, it is outfielder Cristian Pache who is batting .321/.391/.513 since August 1.
- Jose Abreu and C.J. Cron were named Players of the Month for the American and National League Thursday.
- Blue Jays lefty Robbie Ray and Cardinals veteran Adam Wainwright were named Pitchers of the Month for August Thursday. Ray posted a 1.76 ERA in 41 innings in August while Wainwright was even better with a 1.43 ERA in 44 innings.
- Mets GM Zack Scott was placed on administrative leave Thursday after his recent DUI arrest. Team president Sandy Alderson will assume Scott’s GM duties.
- The Mets claimed reliever Brad Hand off of waivers from the Blue Jays Thursday. However, Hand won’t be eligible to pitch in the postseason should New York make it since he was acquired after the September 1 deadline.
- The Chicago Cubs are the latest team to issue a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for all of their non-playing employees per a report from ESPN’s Jesse Rogers.
- The Nationals released infielder Starlin Castro after he completed his 30-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy.