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Braves acquire Bronson Arroyo, Touki Toussaint from the Diamondbacks


Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Braves and Diamondbacks have agreed on a trade which is sending Bronson Arroyo and pitching prospect Touki Toussaint to Atlanta and infielder Phil Gosselin to Arizona.

Arroyo, currently sidelined after undergoing Tommy John surgery last July, is owed $9.5 million for the 2015 season plus a $4.5 million buyout for ’16. Arroyo may be available to join the Braves’ rotation in August, but Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic notes that his recovery from surgery has been slow and has been trying to overcome elbow discomfort in recent weeks.

Toussaint, 19, was considered the fifth-best prospect in the Diamondbacks’ organization and was one of baseball’s top-100 going into the 2015 season. In 39 innings at Single-A Kane County, Toussaint posted a 3.69 ERA and a 29/15 K/BB ratio. He was the club’s first-round selection, 16th overall, in the 2014 draft.

The Diamondbacks appear to be concerned with clearing Arroyo’s $14 million remaining salary, but they signed a TV deal believed to be worth more than $1 billion back in February. That they gave up one of their best prospects to save $14 million seems rather curious.

Phil Gosselin needs thumb surgery, out 6-8 weeks

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Braves infielder Phil Gosselin is expected to miss 6-8 weeks after undergoing thumb surgery for a fracture suffered while fielding a ground ball Sunday.

Gosselin has played well in a part-time role this season, hitting .325 with a .782 OPS in 42 plate appearances, and the injury comes at a particularly bad time because with Chris Johnson hurt he was starting to see regular action at third base.

Now the Braves will likely turn back to Alberto Callaspo and they called up infielder Adonis Garcia from Triple-A to take Gosselin’s spot on the roster.

And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

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Dodgers 5, Marlins 3: The Dodgers blew a 2-1 lead in the ninth when Christian Yelich hit a two-run homer. Scott Van Slyke answered back with a three-run walkoff homer in the bottom of the inning. Quite the night for Van Slyke, who screwed up in the fifth by not running home fast enough from third after tagging up, costing his team a run when another baserunner was doubled off. In the seventh he completed a double play in the field by nailing a runner at home plate who himself was trying to tag. Then the walkoff. Great highs, great lows. Such is the stuff of well-lived lives.

Braves 2, Reds 1: For the second straight day the opposition rallies off of Aroldis Chapman in a tie game. One could choose to call it an aberration. Or one could lean into Bryan Price about breaking Old School Rules about using your closer in non-save situations thereby messing with closers’ naturally fragile egos and routines. Let’s go with aberration and leave closer usage shaming for someone else. As it was, Phil Gosselin and Nick Markakis singled off Chapman to open the ninth, Gosselin stole third base and then scored on a wild pitch to give the Braves the 2-1 lead that would hold up.

Note: I’m going to tonight’s Braves-Reds game as a media member. To, like, actually cover the game and maybe write a story about it. I have an idea of what I’m writing about, but if there’s anything particular you’d like to see explored, comment about it.

Orioles 5, Blue Jays 2: After a longer road trip than they had expected, the Orioles are back in Baltimore. And it suited them well as Manny Machado and Chris Davis homered in a three-run first inning, Adam Jones homered later and Ubaldo Jimenez was sharp once again. He struck out nine while allowing two runs, actually, and lowered his ERA to 2.41.

Pirates 4, Phillies 3: The Pirates continue their mastery of the Phillies and win their fourth of five overall. I think this year a lot of teams will discover a mastery of the Phillies, newfound or otherwise.

Yankees 11, Rays 5: CC Sabathia had something like nine runs of run support total in his previous starts this season. Last night the Yankees scored nine while he was in the game. That certainly helped the big guy finally notch his first win of the season but so too did his striking out nine in seven innings. It was a home run parade for the Bombers’ offense, with A-Rod, Chase Headley, Carlos Beltran, Brett Gardner and Mark Teixeira all going deep. A-Rod also stole a base. That’s 323 for him. Only 15 stolen bases behind Willie Mays! I wonder if the Yankees will make note of that in their little media fliers.

Brewers 10, White Sox 7: Milwaukee had a 6-0 lead after four innings, and led 7-2 heading into the seventh. They blew that, but late homers from Elian Herrera and Khris Davis put them back on top, turning what could’ve been a game symbolic of a bad team collapsing into a symbolic game of a team with a new manager and a new attitude persevering. Speaking of attitude, Carlos Gomez hit cleanup for the first time and homered and tripled. After the game he said he felt “sexy” hitting cleanup. “It’s a different feeling. I go to the plate like, `I’m the man.'” You are. You’re bad. You’re so bad you should be in detention.

Rangers 8, Royals 2: For the second straight day Adiran Beltre hit a homer, giving him 399 for his career. Prince Fielder and recent callup Thomas Field also went deep. The Royals were understandably not at their best, as they arrived at their hotel at 5:45 AM following Sunday night’s rain-delayed game in Detroit. Say whatever you want about these guys being rich and having great jobs and charter flights and all of that, but it’s ridiculous to play that late on Sunday and then have to travel 1,200 miles and play on Monday. Teams playing Sunday night getaway games should have off-days the following Monday, full stop.

Cubs 4, Mets 3: Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo each homered in the first inning — Bryant into the newly-opened bleachers — giving Jacob deGrom a rude awakening. Lucas Duda and Wilmer Flores hit back-to-back-homers of their own later in the game, but the hole was too deep for New York. Three scoreless innings for the Cubs’ pen. Which is a big deal for them given how much of a liability it’s been for them this year.

Nationals 11, Diamondbacks 1: The Nats had a 10-0 lead before folks who had to fight a little extra traffic to get to the game could find their seats. Josh Collmenter gave up nine of those ten runs before being yanked with one out in the second inning. When he is good he is very, very good, but when he is bad he is horrid.

Red Sox 5, Athletics 4: Tied at four entering in the 11th with Pablo Sandoval leading off the inning, a 5-4 Red Sox lead three pitches later. Not bad for his first game back in the Bay Area since Game 5 of the World Series. Oakland has lost six in a row. They’re 0-6 in extra innings.

Braves place Chris Johnson on DL with hand fracture; call up right-hander Mike Foltynewicz

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The Braves announced a pair of roster moves this evening, with third baseman Chris Johnson going on the 15-day disabled list due to a left hand fracture and right-hander Mike Foltynewicz being called up from Triple-A Gwinnett.

Johnson told Mark Bowman of MLB.com that he suffered the injury tonight on a slide into second base on a stolen base attempt in the fourth inning. No word yet on how long he’ll be sidelined, but the Braves could rely on a combination of Alberto Callaspo, Phil Gosselin, and Kelly Johnson at third base during his absence. Johnson, 30, is batting .279 (12-for-43) with four doubles and five RBI over 16 games this season.

The Braves have demoted Trevor Cahill to the bullpen after three bad starts, so Foltynewicz will take his place in the starting rotation tomorrow night against the Reds. Acquired from the Astros in the Evan Gattis deal over the winter, the 23-year-old had a 2.03 ERA with 30 strikeouts and 10 walks in 21 2/3 innings over his first four starts in Triple-A this season. He’s a hard-thrower with frontline potential if he can improve his control.

Craig Kimbrel made up some clever t-shirts for the new-look Braves


After trading the likes of Justin Upton, Jason Heyward, and Evan Gattis as well as adding a handful of veteran free agents, the Braves have a ton of new faces in camp this spring. All-Star closer Craig Kimbrel thought it would be a good idea to make up some special t-shirts so everyone could get to know each other better. Check out the t-shirt issued to infielder Phil Gosselin, courtesy of the Braves’ official Twitter account:


So simple, yet so brilliant. This could be a rough year for the Braves — and heck, Kimbrel might be elsewhere eventually — but at least they can try to have fun with the situation.