Jul 20, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Paul Maholm reacts after giving up a grand slam to Chicago White Sox right fielder Alex Rios (not pictured) during the third inning at US Cellular Field. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

Morning Chop: Braves 7/21

Maholm blows lead, gets slammed in Braves’ loss


CHICAGO — The pain in Paul Maholm’s left wrist didn’t flare until the fourth inning. It wasn’t related to damage done one inning earlier to the veteran pitcher’s steadily rising ERA and the Braves’ chances of winning Saturday.

After the Braves staked him to an early 4-0 lead, Maholm gave it all up in a five-run third inning that included an Alex Rios grand slam, and the White Sox pulled away to a 10-6 win at U.S Cellular Field.


Braves quotes after Saturday’s loss to White Sox

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Was Maholm’s wrist hurting for long before he came out?

No, it flared up on him in the fourth inning. He did it in Miami in his last start when he was hitting, on a checked swing or a swing. And in the fourth it flared up on him. We didn’t want to take any chances and got him out of there as soon as we saw that it was something. There was nothing there before that. We didn’t want to make something out of nothing, so we got him out of there.

Is it a DL type of injury?

No, I don’t think so. I know they X-rayed him here, and nothing. Everything came back negative. I think he’s waiting to see the White Sox doctor and see what they say. If we feel like it’s something more than that, then we’ll send him to our guys at home. But right now we’re just waiting.


Before the fourth inning, you just left too many pitchers over the plate?

Yeah, it was a case of probably feeling too good. The energy was there and obviously I got through the first two. The first inning was more pitches than I wanted, and the second inning was easy. The third inning, it wasn’t like they were crushing the ball – obviously Alex Rios did. But I pulled a couple of sinkers and a changeup, and it resulted in five runs.

Nothing sucks worse than your guys giving you’re a 4-0 lead and you giving it back. It’s not the first time I’ve gone through a bad stretch in my career, and it’s not probably going to be the last one. It’s no fun. It’s not as if I don’t think I can correct it pretty easily. I’m going to do my best to make sure I’m able to throw my bullpen in-between and correct it. And make the adjustment to get back to where I was for the first two months of the season.


Was Peavy pretty tough?

I mean, he made his adjustments. We started off good, seeing the ball good. After a couple of innings, we couldn’t touch him, for the most part. Or get clutch hits to keep building up runs and catch up.


Heyward rests another day, aims to start Sunday

Right fielder taking cautious approach in return from strained hamstring


CHICAGO — Braves right fielder Jason Heyward probably could’ve started Saturday afternoon’s game against the White Sox, but doesn’t want to push his strained right hamstring too far.

Heyward initially hurt the hamstring nine days ago trying to advance from first to third on an infield hit by Justin Upton against the Reds in the first of a four-game series before the All-Star break. He’s missed four games, sandwiched around the break — when he rested and rehabbed it.


Beachy impressive in winning Triple-A rehab start


CHICAGO — Rehabbing starter Brandon Beachy picked up the win in a 5-4 victory for Triple-A Gwinnett on Friday night against Indianapolis….

…The right-hander threw three innings on July 9 against Norfolk, giving up two runs on three hits in his first start back and then tossed four innings on July 14 at Durham (one run on four hits). On Friday night, he only needed 70 pitches to get through his five innings and threw 15 more fastballs in the bullpen afterward to reach his set pitch count.


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