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Acuna to make MLB debut for Braves today

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CINCINNATI -- Ronald Acuna had to wait a little longer than anticipated, but the much-hyped prospect will now have the chance to display his tremendous talents at the Major League level.

A Major League source said Acuna was informed late Tuesday night he will join the Braves in Cincinnati for Wednesday night's game against the Reds. The 20-year-old outfielder now stands less than 24 hours away from experiencing one of the most anticipated Major League debuts baseball has seen over the past decade.

CINCINNATI -- Ronald Acuna had to wait a little longer than anticipated, but the much-hyped prospect will now have the chance to display his tremendous talents at the Major League level.

A Major League source said Acuna was informed late Tuesday night he will join the Braves in Cincinnati for Wednesday night's game against the Reds. The 20-year-old outfielder now stands less than 24 hours away from experiencing one of the most anticipated Major League debuts baseball has seen over the past decade.

Acuna will serve as Atlanta's starting left fielder and attempt to bolster a lineup that has tallied a National League-high 122 runs without him. The five-tool outfielder ranks second only to Angels rookie sensation Shohei Ohtani on MLB Pipeline's Top 100 prospects list.

It remains to be seen where Braves manager Brian Snitker will place Acuna in the lineup, but there's a possibility he could soon find himself batting behind Freddie Freeman and potential cleanup hitter Jose Bautista, who could join Atlanta's roster later this week.

With Acuna's arrival, Preston Tucker's powerful left-handed bat will be an asset off the bench. Tucker has played a key role in the Braves' early-season success, but he entered the season knowing his starting role could be temporary.

After Acuna dazzled during Spring Training, the anticipation was he might make his big league debut on April 14, which was the earliest date the Braves could have promoted him and secured an extra year of contractual control. But his arrival was delayed, as he went 5-for-36 with 14 strikeouts to start the season with Triple-A Gwinnett.

But Acuna has warmed up of late, with 11 hits, including a homer and double, in his last 33 at-bats. He has battled slow starts in the past, and his latest one might have been influenced by the nine-day dead period that separated his final Spring Training game and Gwinnett's season opener.

Braves fans have been eagerly awaiting Acuna's arrival since he progressed his way from Class A Advanced Florida to Gwinnett last year. He was named MLB Pipeline's Hitter of the Year after he hit .325 with 21 homers, 44 stolen bases and a .896 OPS in 2017.

Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com.

Atlanta Braves, Ronald Acuna Jr.

Freeman's 2 HRs key rallies; Braves fall in 12

First baseman breaks up no-no with homer in seventh; Atlanta scores four in ninth
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CINCINNATI -- A natural clock exists within every baseball season. It does not work within the definitive measures of months and days. Instead, it is influenced by the daily events and trends that influence when the time is right to make particular in-game or roster decisions.

Absorbing two consecutive losses to a Reds team that entered this series having won just three of its first 21 games does not necessarily create reason to panic. In fact, there was a lot for the Braves to like about what occurred during the 9-7, 12-inning loss against the Reds on Tuesday night at Great American Ball Park.

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CINCINNATI -- A natural clock exists within every baseball season. It does not work within the definitive measures of months and days. Instead, it is influenced by the daily events and trends that influence when the time is right to make particular in-game or roster decisions.

Absorbing two consecutive losses to a Reds team that entered this series having won just three of its first 21 games does not necessarily create reason to panic. In fact, there was a lot for the Braves to like about what occurred during the 9-7, 12-inning loss against the Reds on Tuesday night at Great American Ball Park.

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But as May quickly approaches, there is reason to believe we are nearing the right time for the Braves to bolster their lineup with the additions of Ronald Acuna Jr. and Jose Bautista.

Braves calling up top prospect Acuna

"The thought of it is obviously exciting because Bautista has proven himself with what he has done," Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman said. "We saw what Acuna can do during Spring Training and what he's done in the Minor Leagues is awesome. But the guys here are what I care about right now."

Video: ATL@CIN: Freeman rips two deep home runs against Reds

Freeman uttered these words shortly after producing a two-homer performance that significantly aided the Braves' attempt to notch a comeback victory and avoid a second straight loss to the Reds. He broke up Tyler Mahle's no-hit bid with a home run in the three-run seventh and then fueled the four-run ninth with a leadoff homer against Raisel Iglesias.

Acuna received word late Tuesday the Braves will provide him his much-anticipated Major League debut on Wednesday. Bautista could arrive to become the starting third baseman within the next few days. These arrivals will affect left fielder Preston Tucker and third baseman Ryan Flaherty, who have both started to level off after spending most of April proving to be two of baseball's most surprising players.

After Freeman drilled his 421-foot shot in the seventh, Kurt Suzuki produced a two-run homer that chased Mahle, who held the Braves hitless through his first 89 pitches and then allowed three hits and three runs within his final eight pitches. Tucker followed Suzuki's homer with a groundout and Flaherty ended the seventh by grounding into a double play.

Video: ATL@CIN: Suzuki rips a two-run shot to left

Since entering this series with a National League-best .362 batting average, Flaherty has gone hitless in nine at-bats. Two games is not enough to judge a player. But the .215 career batting average Flaherty carried into this season is certainly trumped by the potential of Bautista, who despite being 37 years old still possesses the power potential he's displayed while hitting at least 20 homers each of the past eight seasons.

While Bautista went 1-for-3 for Triple-A Gwinnett on Tuesday night, Acuna batted behind him and went 2-for-4 with a double. The highly-touted prospect has 11 hits in his past 33 at-bats. In the process, Acuna generated the hot streak the Braves wanted to see before providing him his much-anticipated promotion.

Acuna will take over in left field for Tucker, who aided Tuesday's four-run ninth with a double but went 1-for-6 and was unable to secure Jesse Winker's long drive that became a leadoff two-bagger during the Reds' two-run eighth inning.

Video: ATL@CIN: Winker doubles off the glove of Tucker

"Every single guy has helped us win 12 games so far," Freeman said. "If the other guys come and fit into the 25-man team, then we can talk about it then. But right now, we have a team that is playing quality baseball and hopefully we can continue to do that."

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Welcome back: The Braves promoted Max Fried from Gwinnett on Tuesday to provide long relief and ended up calling upon him once the game extended into the 12th inning. But the young lefty's season debut proved to be short as he issued a leadoff walk to Joey Votto and then surrendered Scooter Gennett's walk-off homer.

Video: ATL@CIN: Gennett crushes a two-run walk-off homer

"That one was more of a kind of get-me-over [pitch]," Braves manager Brian Snitker said. "That's a pretty good hitter. We had him for that situation right there."

Ninth-inning rally: After Freeman secured his 12th career multi-homer game, Dansby Swanson drew a walk to load the bases for Johan Camargo, who provided a determined plate appearance of his own as he worked the count full before drawing a bases-loaded walk from Iglesias.

Video: ATL@CIN: Camargo works a bases-loaded walk in the 9th

Ugly second inning: The Reds used a pair of singles and a walk to load the bases in the second inning with one out. Freeman then fielded Mahle's chopper and made a high errant throw that prevented Suzuki from maintaining contact with the plate for a forceout. Billy Hamilton followed with a comebacker that Brandon McCarthy fumbled after attempting to make a barehanded grab. McCarthy also allowed Votto and Gennett to hit back-to-back homers in the fifth.

Video: ATL@CIN: Hamilton plates a run on RBI infield single

"It was a garbage inning," McCarthy said. "I was so spotty command-wise today and with my execution. Sometimes, it feels like that stuff is deserved because you're not doing enough to bully hitters and take over the game."

YOU GOTTA SEE THIS
Nick Markakis recorded the first out of the Reds' second inning by racing 52 feet in 3.6 seconds to make a head-first diving grab of Adam Duvall's sinking liner, which had a 42 percent catch probability. This was the Braves' right fielder's first four-star catch (26-50 percent catch probability) in two chances this year. He was 4-for-20 with such attempts last year.

Video: ATL@CIN: Markakis lays out for incredible diving grab

HE SAID IT
"It's just one of those games. They don't always go the way you want or the way you script them. You can't let it get you down. You've just got to turn the page." -- Snitker

Video: ATL@CIN: Snitker on Minter, comeback despite loss

UP NEXT
Matt Wisler will attempt to extend his stay within Atlanta's rotation when the Braves and Reds resume their four-game series Wednesday at 6:40 p.m. ET. Wisler was lined up to make just one start in place of the injured Anibal Sanchez, but earned another appearance as a starter when he limited the Mets to two hits and one run over seven innings on Thursday. Wisler will face Reds lefty Brandon Finnegan, who has struggled in two starts this season.

Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com.

Atlanta Braves

Fried has rough debut after being recalled

Lefty allowed walk-off homer in loss to Reds on Tuesday after arriving from Gwinnett
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CINCINNATI -- Max Fried's Tuesday began with him anxiously racing to catch a flight in Rochester, N.Y. It ended with him looking distraught as he stared at nothing in particular while sitting at his locker following the Braves' 9-7, 12-inning loss to the Reds at Great American Ball Park.

Promoted from Triple-A Gwinnett to serve as Atlanta's long reliever for a few days, Fried was immediately pressed into action once the Braves exhausted all of their available relievers. The 24-year-old southpaw issued a leadoff walk to Joey Votto and then hung a curveball that Scooter Gennett drilled into the right-field seats for a walk-off homer.

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CINCINNATI -- Max Fried's Tuesday began with him anxiously racing to catch a flight in Rochester, N.Y. It ended with him looking distraught as he stared at nothing in particular while sitting at his locker following the Braves' 9-7, 12-inning loss to the Reds at Great American Ball Park.

Promoted from Triple-A Gwinnett to serve as Atlanta's long reliever for a few days, Fried was immediately pressed into action once the Braves exhausted all of their available relievers. The 24-year-old southpaw issued a leadoff walk to Joey Votto and then hung a curveball that Scooter Gennett drilled into the right-field seats for a walk-off homer.

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Video: ATL@CIN: Gennett crushes a two-run walk-off homer

"I had to make a better pitch," Fried said. "I left a two-strike curveball up. I was trying to get it in the dirt. He made a good swing on it. But I've got to make a better pitch in that situation."

Because Fried threw just nine pitches, the Braves may opt to keep him around to serve as a long reliever for a few more days. The plan was for him to return to Gwinnett to serve as a starter once he was used out of Atlanta's bullpen.

One way or another, the Braves will need to have a long-relief option available when Matt Wisler starts against the Reds on Wednesday night.

Fried's arrival was necessitated after right-handed reliever Miguel Socolovich needed 37 pitches to record three outs in the eighth inning of Monday's 10-4 loss to the Reds. Socolovich was designated for assignment on Tuesday.

Fried learned of his promotion late Monday night. He flew out of Rochester, at 7 a.m. ET, experienced a brief layover in Chicago and arrived in Cincinnati long before the start of Tuesday's game. He posted a 3.71 ERA as he totaled 26 innings while serving as both a starter and reliever after debuting for Atlanta last season.

Odds and ends
• Manager Brian Snitker suggested he might spend a couple days staying away from left-handed reliever Sam Freeman, who has issued eight walks over his past 2 1/3 innings, even though Freeman says he feels fine physically. He has made a Major League-high 14 appearances, but it should be pointed out that those have been spread out over a 26-day span and he hasn't had a back-to-back appearance since April 14.

Tyler Flowers felt fine after he began his Minor League rehab stint with Gwinnett on Monday. Flowers, who has been sidelined since Opening Day with a strained left oblique, could be activated from the disabled list within the next week.

Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com.

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Walks sink Braves in opener with Reds

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CINCINNATI -- Mike Foltynewicz set the tone for the night with an erratic effort, abbreviated by his inability to command his fastball. Sam Freeman's command issues fueled the Reds' decisive five-run sixth inning, adding to the alarming walk rate he and many other Braves relievers have.

Both walked away from Monday night's 10-4 loss to the Reds anticipating a restless night back at the team hotel.

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CINCINNATI -- Mike Foltynewicz set the tone for the night with an erratic effort, abbreviated by his inability to command his fastball. Sam Freeman's command issues fueled the Reds' decisive five-run sixth inning, adding to the alarming walk rate he and many other Braves relievers have.

Both walked away from Monday night's 10-4 loss to the Reds anticipating a restless night back at the team hotel.

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"It's a killer," Freeman said of the walks. "It makes it hard to sleep at night. That's something we have control over. We pretty much handed it to them tonight, speaking for myself. That's a tough one to swallow."

Freeman issued a pair of walks, including one of the leadoff variety, and surrendered a single before handing the ball to Peter Moylan, who promptly allowed Jesse Winker's go-ahead, bases-loaded single. Former Braves prospect Jose Peraza added a two-out single off Moylan, who then watched as Jesse Biddle allowed the Reds to complete their five-run inning with Joey Votto's bases-loaded walk and Scooter Gennett's two-run single.

"The walks are still a concern overall," Braves manager Brian Snitker said. "We've been getting away with it, but it's just tough. We're going to have to do a better job of getting in the strike zone better."

Video: ATL@CIN: Snitker discusses pitching after 10-4 loss

With four more added to their total during this series opener, Braves relievers have now issued 61 walks over 80 1/3 innings this year. No other Major League club's bullpen entered Monday having allowed more than 44 walks.

Dating back to April 14, when the Cubs erased a five-run lead with just three hits during a nine-run eighth inning, Braves relievers have issued 30 walks over 26 2/3 innings. The frigid conditions might have been uncomfortable that day at Wrigley Field, but so too have been the results that have followed. The Braves entered this season feeling that A.J. Minter, Jose Ramirez and Freeman could be solid setup men for closer Arodys Vizcaino. Minter hasn't been as sharp as he was last year, but he's still been quite effective. Ramirez was placed on the disabled list last week after he issued five walks within a span of four outs. Freeman has now issued eight walks over his past 2 1/3 innings.

Snitker said he felt he's taxed Freeman, who has made a Major League-high 14 appearances, none of which have come on consecutive days since April 14. But the accountable left-handed reliever -- who has battled control problems in the past -- said fatigue has nothing to do with the results.

"These struggles this past week is just a lack of execution," Freeman said. "Back to work tomorrow. Get it corrected."

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
One too many mistakes: Foltynewicz was embarrassed by the fact that he did not complete six innings for the fifth time in six starts. He issued two of his four walks during a 30-pitch first inning, which he escaped unscathed by stranding the bases loaded. But in the fifth, the one-out walk he issued Billy Hamilton, who has a .286 on-base percentage, proved costly after Scott Schebler drilled a letter-high, 0-2 fastball over the center-field wall for a game-tying, two-run homer.

"At the end of the day, I just didn't do my job as a starter," said Foltynewicz, who threw 103 pitches over 4 1/3 innings. "This year, it seems like I've been scratching and clawing just to get to the fifth inning. It's a little embarrassing. I let the team down and let the bullpen down tonight. They had a lot to pick up."

Markakis delivers: Braves right fielder Nick Markakis capped his three-hit game with a two-run single in the eighth and started it with the fourth-inning, one-out homer he hit off Reds starter Sal Romano. The solo shot was the 26th homer he's hit since joining the Braves in 2015, but just the third of the opposite-field variety. The veteran outfielder has hit .301 with three home runs through 83 at-bats.

"He's been swinging the bat really well," Snitker said. "He's just steady. He's had some really solid at-bats."

Video: ATL@CIN: Markakis goes opposite field for solo homer

SOUND SMART
Braves relievers have started nine of their past 25 innings with a hit by pitch or walk.

The Reds had gone 244 consecutive plate appearances without a home run before Foltynewicz allowed the solo shot to Schebler, who was activated from the disabled list earlier in the day.

HE SAID IT
"Guys will go to work and look at tape and all that kind of stuff. I don't know if it's going to be a trend for us going forward for the entire summer. It's just one of those things you've got to work to fix and right your ship a little bit as we go forward." -- Snitker, on his bullpen's walk total

UP NEXT
Ozzie Albies will attempt to match a Braves franchise record during Tuesday night's game against the Reds at Great American Ball Park. Albies has recorded 16 extra-base hits; Chipper Jones, Dale Murphy and Justin Upton share the club record with 17 extra-base hits through the end of April. Brandon McCarthy will start for the Braves. First pitch is set for 6:40 p.m. ET.

Mark Bowman has covered the Braves for MLB.com since 2001.

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Peterson among top prospect performers

A's No. 2 impresses in Double-A debut
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Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Tuesday.

Jesus Luzardo allowed two runs on two hits in the first inning of his Double-A debut but was nearly untouchable the rest of the way, completing five strong innings of three-hit ball as Midland edged Corpus Christi, 3-2.

Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Tuesday.

Jesus Luzardo allowed two runs on two hits in the first inning of his Double-A debut but was nearly untouchable the rest of the way, completing five strong innings of three-hit ball as Midland edged Corpus Christi, 3-2.

Luzardo, Oakland's No. 2 prospect (No. 60 overall), struck out the side in the second inning before finishing with five strikeouts and one walk. He also induced a handful of ground-ball outs in the performance, throwing 45 of his 78 pitches for strikes.

Luzardo's promotion to the Texas League in the first month of the season was the latest in what has been a series of quick promotions for the 20-year-old left-hander.

Luzardo fans fifth batter of day

A third-round pick by the Nationals in 2016 despite having undergone Tommy John surgery a few months prior, Luzardo received a well-above-slot bonus to forgo his Miami commitment. He made his highly anticipated pro debut nearly a year later and dazzled in a trio of Rookie-level Gulf Coast League starts before joining the A's at the July Trade Deadline in the deal that netted Washington Sean Doolittle and Ryan Madson. Luzardo continued to impress following the trade, too, pitching to a 1.82 ERA with 33 strikeouts and a .194 BAA in 29 2/3 innings (nine starts) between the Rookie-level Arizona and the Class A Short Season New York-Penn Leagues.

Luzardo's performance convinced the A's that the precocious sophomore was ready for a greater challenge, as he made just three starts in the hitter-friendly Class A Advanced California League -- posting a 1.23 ERA, a .120 opponents' average and a 25-to-4 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 14 2/3 innings -- before a bump up to Double-A.

With his latest debut behind him, Luzardo now boasts a 1.71 ERA and a 0.87 WHIP across his first 63 innings as a professional. He's racked up 78 strikeouts against 11 walks in that span, while limiting opposing hitters to a .193 average and zero home runs.

The rest of the best performances from top prospects Tuesday

No. 8 overall prospect Fernando Tatis Jr. (Padres' No. 1) hit solo home runs in the sixth and ninth innings to account for both runs in Double-A San Antonio's 5-2 loss against Frisco. It marked the second career multi-homer game for the 19-year-old shortstop, who now has gone deep three times in 18 games for the Missions. He's batting an even .200 on the season.

Tatis Jr. slams solo homer

No. 13 overall prospect Bo Bichette (Blue Jays' No. 2) went home-to-third twice for Double-A New Hampshire in his first career two-triple game. He also scored a pair of runs in the contest before finishing 2-for-5. The 20-year-old shortstop is batting .296/.375/.428 on the season, with hits in 13 of 16 games for the Fisher Cats. Jonathan Davis (No. 28) led off the game with a home run, his first of the season, and drove in three in the 9-4 victory over Binghamton.

Bichette smacks second triple

Angels No. 9 prospect Matt Thaiss tallied three extra-base hits but ultimately fell a home run short of the cycle, going 4-for-5 with two doubles and a triple in Double-A Mobile's win over Mississippi. Thaiss matched his career high with the four hits and improved his batting average by 40 points, from .250 to .290, in the process. The 2016 first-rounder has 12 runs, 14 RBIs and seven extra-base hits in 17 games this season.

Thaiss hits game's second double

Tigers No. 10 prospect Christin Stewart blasted his third home run in his first multi-hit game of the year to help lead Triple-A Toledo past Pawtucket. He also doubled and hit a pair of singles to finish 4-for-5 with two RBIs and two runs. The 24-year-old outfielder is slashing .250/.370/.450 through 17 games after hitting .256/.335/.501 with 28 homers last season over 136 Double-A contests.

Stewart slugs home run

No. 79 overall prospect Stephen Gonsalves (Twins' No. 3) tossed five innings of one-run ball en route to his third win in four starts for Double-A Chattanooga. The 23-year-old recorded a season-high nine of his 15 outs via the strikeout while scattering four hits with two walks and throwing 60 of his 91 pitches for strikes. Gonsalves has pitched to a 1.77 ERA, with 25 strikeouts and 10 walks, while limiting batters to seven hits in 20 1/3 innings.

No. 59 overall prospect Alex Faedo's fourth career start was his longest. The Tigers' No. 3 prospect completed 6 2/3 innings, allowing one earned run on four hits with six strikeouts for Class A Advanced Lakeland in a no-decision against Dunedin. Faedo, the No. 18 overall pick in last year's Draft, has worked at least five innings in all four starts, posting a 2.74 ERA with 21 strikeouts and one walk over 23 innings in that span.

Video: Top Prospects: Alex Faedo, RHP, Tigers

Blue Jays No. 19 prospect Kevin Smith went 2-for-5 with a home run, a double and five RBIs, leading Class A Lansing past Dayton, 7-0. The homer, a three-run shot in the third inning, was Smith's second of the season and snapped a seven-game extra-base hit drought. The 2017 fourth-rounder is batting .286 overall with 17 RBIs, 10 runs and five steals through 15 games.

Braves No. 16 prospect Dustin Peterson's first home run of the season was a grand slam that proved the difference in Triple-A Gwinnett's 5-2 win against Rochester. He finished the contest with three hits and four RBIs, both season highs for the 23-year-old outfielder.

Cubs No. 28 prospect Cory Abbott was sharp for Class A South Bend in Game 1 of a doubleheader, tossing seven strong innings during which he allowed two hits -- including a solo home run -- and struck out six. The 22-year-old righty, Chicago's second-round pick in 2017, has given up three hits in his past two starts and owns a 2.12 ERA in 17 innings (three starts) on the season.

Marlins No. 11 prospect Brian Miller enjoyed a six-hit day as Class A Advanced Jupiter split a doubleheader with Palm Beach. The 22-year-old center fielder collected four hits in the opener for the second time in four games, going 4-for-4 with two runs and two stolen bases, and then added two more knocks, as well as two RBIs, in the nightcap. Overall, Miller improved his average from .313 to .360 with the 6-for-8 performance.

Angels No. 29 prospect Joe Gatto, a 22-year-old right-hander, allowed one hit over six innings in his second straight scoreless start for Class A Advanced Inland Empire. Throwing 47 of his 78 pitches for strikes, Gatto posted five strikeouts against two walks and induced 10 ground-ball outs. He's now kept his opponent out of the run column in three of four starts in the California League. Overall, Gatto has pitched to a 2.37 ERA with 25 strikeouts and eight walks in 19 innings.

Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero.

Deeper Braves lineup? Snitker dreaming of it

Manager excited for forthcoming additions of Flowers, Bautista, Acuna
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CINCINNATI -- Asked about the enhanced depth he may soon have at his disposal, Braves manager Brian Snitker admitted he spent some time Monday afternoon mapping out how his lineup and bench might look once Jose Bautista, Tyler Flowers and Ronald Acuna Jr. are added to Atlanta's roster.

"I've been toying with it, because it's things you have to prepare for, the inevitability of getting new players," Snitker said. "You've got to make moves. A lot of times, things take care of themselves. But if you don't have a plan, then you'll get bit. So you have to prepare, just in case."

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CINCINNATI -- Asked about the enhanced depth he may soon have at his disposal, Braves manager Brian Snitker admitted he spent some time Monday afternoon mapping out how his lineup and bench might look once Jose Bautista, Tyler Flowers and Ronald Acuna Jr. are added to Atlanta's roster.

"I've been toying with it, because it's things you have to prepare for, the inevitability of getting new players," Snitker said. "You've got to make moves. A lot of times, things take care of themselves. But if you don't have a plan, then you'll get bit. So you have to prepare, just in case."

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As Bautista, Flowers and Acuna prepared for Triple-A Gwinnett's Monday doubleheader in Rochester, none of them had a definitive arrival date. But there's at least a chance all three could join Atlanta's lineup by the end of this week, or at least by the time this current road trip concludes on May 3.

• Early reports on Joey Bats are positive

"It's encouraging -- and it's kind of exciting -- that we could potentially add three really good players," Snitker said. "Any time you add depth or good players to your team, it's exciting. The guys we have here are exciting. We have guys who are getting opportunities and doing a lot with them."

Bautista is less than a week removed from signing his Minor League deal. But the six-time All-Star and two-time American League Hank Aaron Award winner has impressed enough with his physical condition and skills to give reason to think he might replace Ryan Flaherty as Atlanta's third baseman by the time the Braves play Friday's series opener in Philadelphia.

Video: Braves sign Bautista to a Minor League deal

"From what I've heard, he's close," Snitker said. "He needs to see some better pitching now in his eyes. That's why he's going to Triple-A."

Acuna recorded three hits for Gwinnett on Sunday and entered Monday having hit .333 (8-for-24) with a homer and six strikeouts over his past five games. The sample size is small, but the top prospect is trending in the right direction and showing signs he might be nearing a torrid stretch that will show the Braves what they need to see before promoting him.

Video: PHI@ATL: Acuna hits first HR of season at Triple-A

Following the first game of Monday's doubleheader, Flowers is also slated to serve as Gwinnett's starting catcher on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. The veteran catcher has been sidelined since straining his left oblique muscle during the second inning on Opening Day. These games this week will give him a sense of whether he could be ready to be activated as early as this weekend's series in Philadelphia.

Once Flowers returns, he'll likely replace Carlos Perez, who has spent the past couple of weeks serving as the Braves' backup catcher.

The additions of Bautista and Acuna will most likely affect backup infielder Charlie Culberson and backup outfielder Peter Bourjos, both of whom are out of options. There is a chance the Braves could lose Culberson or Bourjos if they are indeed eventually placed on the waiver wire. The same goes for Lane Adams, who was designated for assignment last week.

Once the Braves add Bautista, Flowers and Acuna, their bench will likely consist of Flaherty, who entered Monday leading the National League with a .362 batting average; Tucker, who ranks among the NL's RBI leaders; and Johan Camargo. Because Flowers and Suzuki will share the catching duties, either could be considered the backup.

"It's a good thing to have that depth," Snitker said. "It just takes so many players to get through a season. The depth is really important. It's something we haven't had for a while."

Soroka stars
Mike Soroka is likely at least six weeks away from being added to Atlanta's rotation. But the highly touted right-hander proved that he's close to being Major League-ready as he pitched a three-hit, seven-inning shutout during the 1-0 win Gwinnett notched in the first game of Monday's doubleheader.

Soroka has posted a 1.99 ERA and limited opponents to a .207 batting average through his first four starts for Gwinnett. The 20 year old ranks 31st on MLB Pipeline's Top 100 Prospects list. The general consensus entering the season was that as long as Soroka continued to impress, he might join Atlanta's rotation at some point in June.

Acuna provided a glimpse of how exciting he can be after he delivered an opposite-field single in the first inning. The 20-year-old outfielder stole second and third base before scoring on Flowers' groundout.

Mark Bowman has covered the Braves for MLB.com since 2001.

Atlanta Braves, Jose Bautista, Tyler Flowers

Riley makes Pipeline Team of the Week

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MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of the Week honors the best performances in the Minor Leagues from the previous week. Any player on an organization Top 30 Prospects list on our Prospect Watch is eligible.

It's just our second edition of Pipeline Prospect Team of the Week and we already have a pair of repeat performers.

MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of the Week honors the best performances in the Minor Leagues from the previous week. Any player on an organization Top 30 Prospects list on our Prospect Watch is eligible.

It's just our second edition of Pipeline Prospect Team of the Week and we already have a pair of repeat performers.

2018 Prospect Teams of the Week

Nationals outfielder Juan Soto and Orioles lefty Zac Lowther have earned back-to-back honors, with both showing that the South Atlantic League is not so challenging for them thus far. Soto is joined by two other members of our Top 100 and Lowther is accompanied by a fellow member of the 2017 Draft class.  

Here is the latest addition of Prospect Team of the Week, for the week of April 16-22.

C: Austin Allen, San Antonio Missions (Double-A)
(Padres' No. 28 prospect)
6 G, .500/.577/.909, 7 R, 3 2B, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 3 BB, 2 K

Allen was a two-time PTOW honoree last year in a season that saw him hit 22 homers and slug .497. Those wanting to see if that was a California League mirage should be pleased with his start, as his 11-for-22 week (with five extra-base hits) now has him hitting .373 with a .780 slugging percentage and six homers in the Texas League. He tops the circuit in slugging and OPS (1.202).

Watch: Allen crushes a double

1B: Sam Travis, Pawtucket Red Sox (Triple-A)
(Red Sox's No. 5 prospect)
6 G, .417/.500/.625, 2 R, 2 2B, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 3 BB, 5 K

Travis had four straight multi-hit games Monday through Thursday, starting with a two-hit performance that included his first home run of the International League season. Even with an 0-for-5 to end the week, he was still able to raise his season slash line to .346/.414/.462.

Watch: Travis ties score with two-run single

2B: David Fletcher, Salt Lake Bees (Triple-A)
(Angels' No. 24 prospect)
6 G, .467/.484/.767, 9 R, 4 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SB

Fletcher nearly made the big league team out of Spring Training and is now hitting like he wants to force his way there. He has a seven-game hitting streak going and has raised his average from .172 on April 11 to .366. Four three-hit games this past week certainly helped and he picked up his first homer of the year while not striking out all week.

Watch: Fletcher doubles as part of four-hit game

3B: Austin Riley, Mississippi Braves (Double-A)
(Braves' No. 8 prospect/MLB No. 97)
6 G, .522/.560/1.043, 5 R, 5 2B, 2 3B, 1 HR, 6 RBI, 2 BB, 4 K

Riley has historically been a slow starter, but he's trying to reverse that trend in the Southern League in the early going. He led all prospects who can qualify for PTOW with 24 total bases last week and is now tied for second in the league with 14 RBIs and is fourth in OPS (1.190). His .386 average puts him eighth in the circuit.

Watch: Riley crushes third homer of 2018

SS: Brendan Rodgers, Hartford Yard Goats (Double-A)
(Rockies' No. 1 prospect/MLB No. 14)
6 G, .520/.538/.800, 3 R, 4 2B, 1 HR, 6 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SB, 4 K

When the week began, Rodgers was hitting just .143. Now he's up to .300 after a week that saw him hit in all six games he played in. He kicked things off with a three-hit performance and finished by going 5-for-5 on Sunday, including crushing his third home run of the season. Thanks to the week, Rodgers is now eighth in the Eastern League with his .533 slugging percentage.

Watch: Rodgers homers as part of five-hit day

OF: Calvin Mitchell, West Virginia Power (Class A)
(Pirates' No. 16 prospect)
7 G, .467/.500/.733, 5 R, 3 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 9 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SB, 6 K

Heading to full-season ball as a high school draftee can be tough, but Mitchell, the Pirates' second-round pick last June, seems to be adjusting just fine. He now has an eight-game hitting streak going and had four multi-hit games this past week. He homered and drove in three runs on Wednesday before going 4-for-4 with four RBIs on Saturday. He's currently fourth in the South Atlantic League in batting average (.364) and OPS (1.070) and fifth in slugging (.652).

OF: Myles Straw, Corpus Christi Hooks (Double-A)
(Astros' No. 21 prospect)
6 G, .520/.581/.680, 5 R, 2 3B, 4 RBI, 4 BB, 3 SB, 4 K

Straw has a six-game hitting streak going, starting last week with a four-hit game and adding a 5-for-5 showing on Saturday. That's pushed his average up over .400 (he's second in the Texas League at .407). He also swiped three bases, giving him a league-leading 11 steals on the season (tied for third in the Minors).

Watch: Straw's four-hit night

OF: Juan Soto, Hagerstown Suns (Class A)
(Nationals' No. 2 prospect/MLB No. 29)
6 G, .391/.481/.739, 5 R, 3 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 4 BB, 6 K

Soto showed an innate knack for hitting last year, but also missed most of the season with injuries. He's showing it was no fluke with how he's begun his 2018 campaign back in the South Atlantic League, with four two-hit games this last week. His advanced approach is clearly working, as he leads the SAL with his .486 on-base percentage. Soto's raw power is showing up in games: He tops the circuit in OPS (1.300) and slugging (.814) while his five homers put him in a tie for third. His strong start to the year earned him a promotion to Class A Advanced Potomac of the Carolina League.

Watch: Soto crushes three-run homer

LHP: Zac Lowther, Delmarva Shorebirds (Class A)
(Orioles' No. 17 prospect)
1-1, 0.90 ERA, 2 GS, 10 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 18 K, 0.60 WHIP

Lowther is back again, even if he did give up some hits and a run. After beginning his year with six no-hit innings, the southpaw followed it up with two five-inning starts. Combined, he now has a ridiculous 31/2 K/BB ratio over his first 16 innings of work in the South Atlantic League to go along with a .094 batting average against and 0.44 WHIP.

RHP: Tony Santillan, Daytona Tortugas (Class A Advanced)
(Reds' No. 5 prospect)
2-0, 0.71 ERA, 2 GS, 12 2/3 IP, 9 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 11 K, 0.79 WHIP

Santillan has always had dynamic stuff and he's coming off of a strong full season in the Midwest League. The one thing that has been a bit of a question mark has been his command, but if the start to his Florida State League season is any indication, he's headed in the right direction. After a week that saw him win both decisions, he's now gone at least six innings in three of his four starts this year with a 2.0 BB/9 rate.

RP: Seranthony Dominguez, Reading Fightin Phils (Double-A)
(Phillies' No. 12 prospect)
0-0, 0.00 ERA, 2 G, 4 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 7 K, 0.00 WHIP

Dominguez moved to the bullpen for the first time this season and the new role seems to suit him. His past as a starter still lets him go multiple innings, as he had a three-inning, no-hit, six-strikeout game on Wednesday and now has 17 K's (vs. just two walks) in 11 total innings.

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Early reports on Joey Bats are positive

Third baseman to join Triple-A Gwinnett, could be with Braves within the week
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ATLANTA -- Jose Bautista has made a strong impression since signing a Minor League deal with the Braves last week. The right-handed slugger will join Triple-A Gwinnett on Monday and could possibly join Atlanta's lineup at some point within the week.

"The reports are really good -- defensively, offensively, how he's playing the game, the shape he's in," Braves manager Brian Snitker said. "I think that's what blows everybody away, the shape that he is in. He's in good baseball shape. It's just a matter of timing and getting him to Triple-A to see a little better pitching."

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ATLANTA -- Jose Bautista has made a strong impression since signing a Minor League deal with the Braves last week. The right-handed slugger will join Triple-A Gwinnett on Monday and could possibly join Atlanta's lineup at some point within the week.

"The reports are really good -- defensively, offensively, how he's playing the game, the shape he's in," Braves manager Brian Snitker said. "I think that's what blows everybody away, the shape that he is in. He's in good baseball shape. It's just a matter of timing and getting him to Triple-A to see a little better pitching."

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Bautista spent the past two days playing for Class A Advanced Florida. He'll be promoted in time to play both ends of Triple-A Gwinnett's doubleheader against Rochester on Monday at Frontier Field. From there, the Braves will assess his progress and get a better feel of when he might be ready to spend some time as Atlanta's third baseman.

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Though he was forced to make his own preparations as he went through the entire offseason unsigned, Bautista reported to the Braves' Spring Training facility last week and provided clear indications he had not just been sitting around waiting for an opportunity.

Bautista has not regularly played third base over the past decade, but Braves infield instructor Adam Everett has been encouraged by what he has seen thus far. The two-time American League Hank Aaron Award winner went 1-for-3 for Florida on Saturday and then went 1-for-4 with a double in Sunday's game.

Bautista's arrival could further diminish opportunities for Johan Camargo to be in the starting lineup. Camargo was lined up to be Atlanta's starting third baseman before he strained his right oblique muscle two weeks before the start of the regular season. Since returning from the disabled list on Thursday, Camargo has been primarily used off the bench. He made the most of his only start on Saturday, when he delivered a game-tying ninth-inning triple and then scored moments later on Ender Inciarte's game-ending bunt single.

Video: NYM@ATL: Camargo rips a game-tying RBI triple in 9th

Ryan Flaherty has significantly exceeded expectations as he has produced a strong .362 batting average through the season's first three weeks. But he may soon be sharing the third-base position with Bautista.

Camargo hit .299 and produced a .783 OPS over 82 games with Atlanta last year. But the Braves have seemingly made it clear they believe he would be best utilized as a versatile offensive and defensive bench piece.

"I'm not playing a lot, but when I play, I just want to contribute to the team," Camargo said. "When they give me the opportunity, I'm going to enjoy it."

Living and learning
A.J. Minter has certainly continued to be a valuable bullpen piece as he has allowed just one run through his first 10 1/3 innings of the season. But his strikeout and walk rates are not as impressive as those he produced after getting his first call to the Majors last year.

Minter recorded 26 strikeouts and issued just two walks over 15 innings this past season. Through this year's first 10 1/3 innings, he has notched nine strikeouts and issued seven walks. Three of those strikeouts were recorded during the perfect eighth inning he completed against the Nationals on April 11.

Video: ATL@WSH: Minter whiffs Harper to end 8th

"It's honestly just me trying to do too much," Minter said. "I'm trying to strike everybody out. That will come. I'm just going back to what I did best and that is just to throw it over the plate."

Earth Day
As Major League Baseball celebrated Earth Day on Sunday, the Braves were proud of the initiatives they have taken to help protect the environment.

SunTrust Park is one of six big league ballparks that has been given a LEED certification. These certifications are given to buildings that meet strict guidelines for environmental responsibility by using less water and energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The Braves are also one of 18 clubs that will use LED lighting by the end of this season. In addition to providing better lighting for fans, these light fixtures are more energy efficient and have a lifespan of 30 years.

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Braves, Mets postponed; makeup May 28

Two teams to play day-night doubleheader on Memorial Day
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ATLANTA -- April showers brought yet another idle Sunday to the Braves.

Heavy rain forced the Braves to postpone Sunday afternoon's game against the Mets at SunTrust Park. The game will be made up as part of a day-night doubleheader that will be played on May 28, which is Memorial Day. The first game will start at 1:10 p.m. ET, and first pitch for the nightcap is slated for 7:10 p.m. ET.

ATLANTA -- April showers brought yet another idle Sunday to the Braves.

Heavy rain forced the Braves to postpone Sunday afternoon's game against the Mets at SunTrust Park. The game will be made up as part of a day-night doubleheader that will be played on May 28, which is Memorial Day. The first game will start at 1:10 p.m. ET, and first pitch for the nightcap is slated for 7:10 p.m. ET.

The Jason Isbell concert already scheduled for May 28 will start after the conclusion of the second game.

The Braves have not played a game on three of the first four Sundays of this month. They had a scheduled off-day on April 1 and have been rained out each of the past two Sundays.

Braves manager Brian Snitker will not alter the order of his rotation. Each starter will take his next turn with an additional day of rest. Sunday's scheduled starter Mike Foltynewicz will now take the mound for Monday's series opener.

Guests who had a ticket for Sunday's game can use that ticket for admission to the nightcap of the May 28 doubleheader. Mobile tickets will remain available in the Ballpark app until the rescheduled date. Guests with a pre-paid parking pass can use the same parking lot and barcode for the rescheduled game.

Those guests who are unable to attend the rescheduled game can exchange their paid ticket for a ticket to any remaining 2018 regular-season Braves home game. Ticket exchanges must take place before the rescheduled game is played on May 28.

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Atlanta Braves

Inciarte's walk-off bunt caps Braves' late rally

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ATLANTA -- A night after they were shut down by Mets closer Jeurys Familia, the Braves got their revenge on him Saturday night at SunTrust Park, walking off with a 4-3 win on Ender Inciarte's perfectly placed bunt single. It marked Atlanta's second walk-off win of the season.

"It's a really big win for our club," Braves manager Brian Snitker said. "I mean, to beat this team like that, it's got to give them confidence."

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ATLANTA -- A night after they were shut down by Mets closer Jeurys Familia, the Braves got their revenge on him Saturday night at SunTrust Park, walking off with a 4-3 win on Ender Inciarte's perfectly placed bunt single. It marked Atlanta's second walk-off win of the season.

"It's a really big win for our club," Braves manager Brian Snitker said. "I mean, to beat this team like that, it's got to give them confidence."

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Video: NYM@ATL: Snitker on Braves' 9th inning rally in win

Down 3-2 in the ninth, Dansby Swanson drew a leadoff walk and scored on Johan Camargo's game-tying RBI triple -- his first hit of the season -- on a sharp grounder that went to the right-center wall.

Video: NYM@ATL: Camargo rips a game-tying RBI triple in 9th

With runners at the corners and one out, Camargo slid headfirst into home to end the game when Inciarte dropped a bunt down the first-base side. Inciarte's bat has come alive after his miserable road trip, hitting .370 (10-for-27) on the homestand.

"[Familia] is a sinker guy," Inciarte said. "And I remember last year on a sacrifice bunt against him, he broke my bat on the sacrifice bunt. So I've seen a lot of pitches from him, I know what the sinker does when he's throwing it and I mean, I was looking for something I could just hit off the end of the bat to first base."

Video: NYM@ATL: Inciarte on his walk-off drag bunt in 9th

Braves starter Julio Teheran was locked in a pitchers' duel with Mets ace Jacob deGrom, notching seven scoreless innings -- his longest outing of the season -- with six strikeouts and one walk. Teheran, who struggled at home last year (5.86 ERA), has a 1.42 ERA in his last three starts.

"I'm just happy with the way I threw the ball today," Teheran said. "I feel like I did my job. I knew we were facing one of the toughest lineups in the game right now and just wanted to do my work."

Video: NYM@ATL: Teheran K's six in seven shutout frames

The Braves didn't collect their first hit off deGrom, who went seven scoreless innings with 10 strikeouts, until Carlos Perez's two-out single in the fifth. They got their first runner in scoring position when Inciarte stole second after reaching on a leadoff infield single in the sixth. Inciarte then took off for third base with Ozzie Albies batting and was originally ruled safe, but the Mets challenged the call and it was overturned.

Video: NYM@ATL: Nido nabs Inciarte after call overturned

SOUND SMART
Freddie Freeman doubled twice on Saturday, making it the 23rd multi-double game of his career. His 41 career doubles against the Mets put him five shy of Chipper Jones' club record against New York.

Video: NYM@ATL: Freeman drives a two-run double to center

YOU GOTTA SEE THIS
Making his Major League debut, left-hander Jesse Biddle pitched a scoreless ninth inning to get credited with the win. The former 2010 first-round Draft pick of the Phillies needed 15 pitches to retire the side on three groundouts and one walk.

"Right now, I am just happy that we won," Biddle said. "At the end of the day, I'm just a pitcher trying to help my team out, and they played unbelievable, so it was just a fun game to be a part of."

Video: NYM@ATL: Biddles tallies first Major League out

HE SAID IT
"That was very surprising, but what a great baseball move right there. I didn't even grab my stuff because I told Snit, 'I believe in Ender. I'm not even gonna go up there.' And the next thing you know, he's bunting, and I just start panicking and then all of the sudden just awesomeness happened. I don't think anybody else would have thought of that except for Ender." -- Freeman

MITEL REPLAY OF THE DAY
The top of the eighth was a nightmare for young second baseman Albies, who didn't cover first base in time on Jose Reyes' bunt. Then, with runners on first and second and no outs, Michael Conforto grounded to third base on what looked to be a tailor-made 5-4-3 double play. But Albies could not hold on to the throw from Camargo. Though Reyes was originally called out, a replay review overturned the call. The runs later came in to score on Asdrubal Cabrera's two-run single to right. The sloppy inning continued when Inciarte, a two-time Gold Glove Award-winning center fielder, booted a Jay Bruce RBI single.

"It was a bad inning," Snitker said. "Not like us. We've been so fundamentally sound, it was just kind of one of those innings that you're going to have. We're gonna play for six months, and there's gonna be innings like that."

Video: NYM@ATL: Reyes safe at second after call overturned

Albies redeemed himself in the bottom of the inning, drawing a one-out walk to set the stage for Freeman's two-run double to left to trim the deficit to 3-2.

UP NEXT
Right-hander Mike Foltynewicz will make his fifth start of the season Sunday after picking up a no-decision in his eight-strikeout outing against the Phillies on Tuesday. The Mets will counter with righty Zack Wheeler. First pitch is scheduled for 1:35 p.m. ET.

Aimee Sachs is a contributor to MLB.com based in Atlanta.

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Flowers to begin rehab assignment this week

Catcher strained left oblique in first at-bat on Opening Day
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ATLANTA -- Braves catcher Tyler Flowers will start his rehab assignment with Triple-A Gwinnett on Monday, Atlanta manager Brian Snitker said before Saturday's game against the Mets at SunTrust Park.

Flowers strained his left oblique during his first at-bat on Opening Day and has been on the disabled list since March 30.

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ATLANTA -- Braves catcher Tyler Flowers will start his rehab assignment with Triple-A Gwinnett on Monday, Atlanta manager Brian Snitker said before Saturday's game against the Mets at SunTrust Park.

Flowers strained his left oblique during his first at-bat on Opening Day and has been on the disabled list since March 30.

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The plan is for Flowers to catch Monday through Wednesday on the road and get another start in Gwinnett on Friday. He'll work his way up to playing full games.

"There's no timetable, really. We'll just see how he feels and reacts, because he hadn't had a game to work an at-bat or taking a pitch or anything like that," Snitker said. "So as he does all that, we'll see how he feels."

Video: NYM@ATL: Braves TV on Flowers' rehab assignment

In Flowers' absence, veteran Kurt Suzuki has gotten the bulk of the starts behind the plate and entered Saturday batting .311 with a .400 on-base percentage and a .978 OPS. He has provided some power with three home runs and nine RBIs.

"He's a tough out," Snitker said.

Braves DFA Ravin, recall Socolovich
Atlanta designated right-hander Josh Ravin for assignment on Saturday and selected the contract of another right-hander, Miguel Socolovich, who will join the Braves for his second stint this season. The 31-year-old Socolovich pitched two scoreless innings with two strikeouts against the Phillies on March 31.

"It wasn't performance, it's just the needs is all that one was right there," Snitker said of the move. "… You hate doing that, but you gotta survive today, too, somehow. So a lot of those guys, kind of stay away from a few of them. Guys are pretty much all good to go today, but we've got another week left before we get an off-day."

Sanchez improving, Gohara to start, Ramirez shut down
Right-hander Anibal Sanchez could return sooner than originally expected after being placed on the DL on Wednesday with a right hamstring strain he sustained while running in the outfield.

"He's doing a lot better than we thought he would, and he's gonna be quicker than what originally was anticipated," said Snitker, adding that Sanchez could possibly join the team on its upcoming road trip to work with trainers.

Atlanta signed Sanchez to a Minor League deal in mid-March, and the 34-year-old appeared in three games (two starts) since being called up, going 1-0 with a 1.29 ERA. He gave up two runs on 11 hits with 14 strikeouts and six walks over 14 innings.

Video: ATL@CHC: Sanchez K's Baez to end the 4th inning

Luiz Gohara will travel to Pawtucket to pitch for Gwinnett on Sunday. Snitker said he'll throw 65 to 70 pitches and get another start on Friday. The 21-year-old lefty went on the DL with a left ankle sprain on March 29 (retroactive to March 26) and began his rehab assignment in Double-A on Tuesday.

Snitker said reliever Jose Ramirez will not throw for the next two weeks. The Braves placed the right-hander on the DL on Wednesday with right shoulder tightness. The 28-year-old struggled over his seven appearances, posting a 17.05 ERA in his 6 1/3 innings.

Aimee Sachs is a contributor to MLB.com based in Atlanta.

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