A lot has happened since I've been gone. Not to mention that the draft is tomorrow. I'll cover all the moves here and hopefully have something about the draft soon.
- Will Startup continues to impress and has been called up to Richmond. Could Atlanta be the next stop this year? Chances are good with the continued struggles of the Braves bullpen. After posting a 0.72 ERA in Mississippi, Startup has not given up a run in 2.2 innings in Richmond.
- Arthur Santos joins former Pelican teammate Zach Schreiber in Mississippi. Both Santos and Schreiber had great success in Myrtle Beach and have taken the next step to AA.
- In a piece of unfortunate news, Kelly Johnson had Tommy John surgery and will miss the remainder of the season. He was tearing the cover off of the ball but could not throw the ball at all.
- Lance Cormier was sent down to Richmond from Atlanta. His last outing was pretty good but with lots of hits and walks to go with very few strikeouts, Cormier is not going to have success at the major league level.
- James Jurries returned from a long stint on the DL. He went 2-5 yesterday with 3 strikeouts. Scott Thorman moved to right field to make room for Jurries at first base. It will be interesting to see how the Braves choose to use both Thorman and Jurries since they both are natural first basemen.
- Josh Burrus suffered another setback to a disappointing season and has gone on the DL. Onil Joseph was called up from Myrtle Beach to take his place.
- Martin Prado was called up to Richmond and was starting out very well. Yesterday, however, he pulled a muscle in his leg and will be out for a little while.
- The first base watch in Atlanta is officially on. LaRoche and Jordan are currently manning the position. LaRoche has had spots of run production but his strikeouts, double-plays, and lazy defensive errors are adding up. The talk of Betemit giving it a shot is heating up a little bit. I don't know why it took so long to figure that out because it makes much more sense than letting Jordan play there. Also, Thorman continues to tear up triple-A pitching and could make an appearance in Atlanta soon.