The Daytona Cubs are now the Daytona Tortugas


We don’t normally comment on minor league rebranding around here. But then again, we usually don’t see rebranding like this. The Daytona Cubs — formerly the Class-A affiliate of the Chicago Cubs, but now a Reds affiliate — needed to change their name. And the did. To the Daytona Tortugas. Which is Spanish for turtles:



Original! But I’m going to go out on a limb here and guess that I am not the only one whose first though upon seeing this name is the character played by Danny Trejo in “Breaking Bad.”

If you don’t know what I’m talking about with that, YouTube is probably your friend. But don’t say I didn’t warn you.


Braves option Michael Soroka to Triple-A Gwinnett after two starts in comeback bid

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ATLANTA – Atlanta right-hander Michael Soroka, who posted an 8.38 ERA in two starts in his comeback from two right Achilles tendon tears, was optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett on Monday.

The move came after Soroka allowed five runs and seven hits in 3 2/3 innings in Atlanta’s 8-5 win at Arizona on Sunday. All of Soroka’s runs allowed came with two outs. After the game, he said: “That’s not quite me.”

Soroka, an All-Star as a rookie in 2019, was Atlanta’s opening day starter in 2020 before suffering his first Achilles tendon tear early in the season. He needed a follow-up procedure before suffering a second tear in 2021.

The Braves didn’t immediately announce who will replace Soroka in the rotation. An option could be rookie AJ Smith Shawver, who threw 2 1/3 scoreless innings in relief in his debut on Sunday.

The Braves on Monday also claimed infielder Lucas Williams off waivers from the Los Angeles Dodgers and optioned Williams to Gwinnett. To make room on the 40-man roster, left-hander Max Fried was transferred to the 60-day injured list.