June 11, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; Atlanta Braves second baseman Dan Uggla (26) before his at bat during the ninth inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. The Padres won 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Braves Sunday Afternoon Chop 6/16

Atlanta Braves: Ranking the 5 Most Underappreciated Players in 2013

From Bleacher Report

The Atlanta Braves (40-28) have struggled in recent games but still hold a lead over the Washington Nationals in the National League East.  Despite injuries and struggles from some of the Braves’ key players (Jason Heyward, B.J. Upton, Brian McCann), the Braves find themselves in a favorable position.  Part of that success should be attributed to other starters and role players picking up the slack.  Manager Fredi Gonzalez has had the luxury of turning to his bench in key situations without a drop-off in production. Here’s a look at some of those players as well as other underappreciated players at this point in the 2013 season..  (Read More)

Braves Rally in the 9th Against the Giants

From AJC.com

After the defending World Series champion Giants put on a two-strike hitting clinic Friday night, the Braves got a few ideas…..      (Read More)

MRI confirms no structural damage for Beachy

Also from AJC.com

An MRI Saturday morning revealed what both Braves physicians and Brandon Beachy suspected – he has some inflammation in his surgically-repaired elbow but no structural damage and just needs some rest….   (Read More)

Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap: 6/15

From Talking Chop

Gwinnett lost in a one-run contest on Saturday. David Hale made his sixth start of the season and fared much better than he did in his previous start. The 25-year-old pitched four innings, allowing no runs on three hits and three walks, striking out four. Gwinnett’s bullpen slightly imploded, giving up all six runs in the final two innings of the contest….   (Read More)

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