Atlanta Braves Information: Residence run barrage continues, bullpen depth and extra

The Atlanta Braves made three more home races in Saturday’s 6-1 win over Pittsburgh Pirates, giving them ten homers in their last two games. Despite their sometimes persistent offensive battles, the Braves lead the majors by a large margin with 75 home runs. Ronald Acuña Jr. hit first place of the game over the wall on Saturday for his 22nd career starter bomb and his majors 15th of the season. Ozzie Albies was in charge of the other two homers who gave him three in two days.

Bryse Wilson was called back by Gwinnett to allow Saturday’s start and he went to great lengths to allow five hits and a 6 2/3 innings run. The Atlanta rotation quietly rounded in May, posting an ERA of 2.97, which is the majors’ fourth best mark.

More good news

Shane Greene made his first appearance for Gwinnett on Saturday night, allowing a double lead before scoring the next three hits. Brian Snitker said Saturday that there isn’t a set schedule for how much time Greene will need at Gwinnett before he’s ready to join the active roster.

The Braves acquired reliever Yoan Lopez from the Arizona Diamondbacks on Saturday in exchange for minor league outfielder Deivi Estrada. Lopez had been selected for use by the Diamondbacks after posting an ERA of 6.57 and FIP of 5.66 in 12 1/3 innings.

MLB news

The Pirates won 26-2 in their last two games against the Braves, but there was some good news on Saturday. Injured third baseman Ke’Bryan Hayes started a rehab at Triple-A Indianapolis on Saturday. Hayes is currently on the 60-day injured list due to wrist strain and cannot be put back on active roster until June 3.

Cardinal starter Miles Mikolas left the start on Saturday after four innings because of tightness on his right forearm. Saturday marked his first start in 19 months after missing the entire 2020 season following surgery to repair the flexor tendon in his right forearm. It was then postponed for two months that season due to a shoulder problem.

Rangers pitcher Kohei Arihara has an aneurysm in his right shoulder and is scheduled to have surgery to keep him out of action for at least three months.

The Toronto Blue Jays put Cavan Biggio on their 10-day list of injured due to a neck sprain. Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo called it a nagging injury and the team are hoping it will only be a 10-day stint on Biggio’s injury list.

The Milwaukee Brewers released infielder Dee Strange-Gordon. Strange-Gordon signed a minor league deal with Milwaukee in April, but the latest addition, Willy Adames, reduced the chances of finding a spot on the major league list.

Scott Kazmir made his first big league appearance since Saturday 2016, when he started and allowed two hits and a four innings run against the Dodgers. Kazmir spent a brief stint with the Braves after being acquired under the trade that sent Matt Kemp back to the Dodgers in December 2017. Kazmir went to spring training with Atlanta in 2018 but was released in late March. He played in the Independent Ball in 2020 and signed a minor league deal with the Giants in February.

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