One year removed from neck surgery, a clean-shaven Nick Markakis returned to Braves camp looking forward to the opportunity to prove even more productive than he was while dealing with some limitations last year.
When Freddie Freeman arrived for Spring Training on Tuesday, he addressed the plan to protect his right wrist by limiting his activity during the early weeks of camp. The antsy Braves first baseman then took some batting practice on Wednesday and attempted to persuade the team’s medical staff to allow him to take more swings […]
Hank Aaron’s larger-than-life presence was felt when he and fellow Hall of Famer Bobby Cox were among those who gathered in the outfield grass at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex on Thursday morning to hear Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez address his team before the club’s first full-squad workout.
Twenty years after fast-tracking a 19-year-old phenom named Andruw Jones from the Class A Minor League level to the Major Leagues and an immediate introduction to the World Series, John Schuerholz will have the honor of joining Jones as the newest inductees into the Braves Hall of Fame.
Jeff Francoeur, who possesses the same upbeat approach that he had in the earliest years of his once highly-promising career, has returned to the Braves for the opportunity to rejuvenate his career in a familiar environment.
When Nick Swisher reported to Spring Training on Wednesday afternoon, he was eager to prove his surgically repaired knees will no longer be a detriment. But at the same time, he understands there is a chance that he might not necessarily stay with the Braves through the end of Spring Training.
As a result of their aggressive pursuit of talent on the international market, the Braves enhanced their organizational pitching depth with the addition of Carlos Manuel Portuondo, a 28-year-old Cuban reliever.
After becoming Atlanta’s starting second baseman courtesy of the impressive Spring Training he produced last year, Jace Peterson experienced a turbulent season that was marred by struggles against left-handed pitchers and a torn right thumb ligament that plagued him for more than four months.
Once the Braves find some locker space for Jeff Francoeur within a Spring Training clubhouse that has already surpassed capacity, they will get a chance to see whether his return to the organization proves to be more than just a feel-good story with a short shelf life.
Freddie Freeman does not necessarily like the reality that lingering concerns over his right wrist will limit his actions during the early portion of Spring Training. But the Braves’ first baseman understands that in order to realize his goal to play in every regular-season game this year, he must take a cautious approach.
Freddie Freeman exited last year’s injury-plagued season hopeful that a few months of rest would provide sufficient therapy for his right wrist. But he has not progressed to the point that the Braves are comfortable with him entering Spring Training without any restrictions.
Jeff Francoeur’s journey has evolved much differently than he expected back when he found instant Major League success and established himself as one of the Braves’ top players. But the veteran outfielder will now have a chance to extend his career back where it all began.