Tonight’s Game: Nationals vs Braves–RH Livan Hernandez vs RH Tim Hudson at 7:35 on Sportsouth.
I’ll be at the game tonight with my husband and our son. It’s misting rain right now so it may be a poncho night. That’s ok, the rain doesn’t bother me as much as facing Hernandez does. I always get a sick feeling in my stomach whenever the Braves face Livan because it takes me back to the Marlins/Eric Gregg playoff game. Plus, for whatever reason, the Braves seem to struggle against the Nationals.
Lineup: I’m guessing the lineup will read like this–Schafer, Prado, McCann, Freeman, Uggla, Heyward, Gonzalez, McClouth, Hudson.
Chipper Update: Chipper is targeting July 25th for his return. That would be the first game of the Pirates series at home. That’s only 16 days removed from his surgery and still feels awfully optimistic to me. He’s been riding a stationary bike and plans to begin light jogging and hitting off a tee today. In the meantime, Prado will play third base.
More injury news: Kris Medlin’s rehab has been shut down. He had been having some problems so he visited Dr. James Andrews. The Dr. said his elbow is sound but he needs rest–6 weeks. It’s unlikely that he’ll be able to return this season because, after the rest, he’ll need to build back arm strength and by that time the minor league season will be over.
Kenshin Kawakami has been struggling at AA farm team. He may have a shoulder issue. I don’t think the Braves will be able to trade him and I certainly don’t think he’ll pitch for us again.
Peter Moylan played catch yesterday for the first time since his back surgery. If things go well, he’s guessing 4-5 weeks. He says his back feels great.
Ex-Brave News: Andruw Jones had a good day yesterday with the Yankees. As the DH, he hit 2 homers and drove in 4. He’s batting .211 with 6 HR and 16 RBIs while getting some spot starts in left for the Yankees. I really didn’t think his career would nosedive the way it did. By the way, Andruw may have had a good day but the Yankees didn’t–they lost to the Blue Jays 16-7! Jo-Jo Reyes got the win for the Jays even though he only went 5 1/3 and gave up 7 runs including the 2 Jones homers. Reyes is now 5-7 with ERA of 4.94. Yunel Escobar had 2 hits and is now hitting .292 with 32 RBIs. Unfortunately for Toronto, Jose Bautista hurt his ankle sliding into third.
If you ever get the chance, check out the Kansas City Royals. It’s like alternate universe Braves. Former Braves coach Ned Yost is the manager. Their roster includes Jeff Francoeur, Melky Cabrera, Wilson Betemit, Brayan Pena, Kyle Davies, and Bruce Chen, all former Braves. Francoeur’s been having a good year so he may get cherry picked by a playoff hopeful team looking for some right handed help before the July 31st trade deadline. How painful would it be to have Jeff beat us in the playoffs in a Phillies uniform–pretty painful.
All-Star break is over–Prado’s back–Go Braves!