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G-Braves Game Notes for 5.17.12 at Buffalo

The Gwinnett Braves scored seven runs on a season-high 15 hits, getting three-hit, multi-RBI efforts from both Stefan Gartrell (3-for-5, 2 doubles, HR, 2 RBI) and Ernesto Mejia (3-for-5, double, 3 RBI) and a 2-for-4, two-RBI game from Joey Terdoslavich.  Yet they still lost.  Right-hander Jair Jurrjens entered the Gwinnett record book with a team-high (dating back to 2009) 11 runs allowed, 10 0f them earned on 12 hits over 4.2 innings.  Buffalo added three more runs against the bullpen and won the second game of the four-game set by a touchdown.

Stefan Gartrell connected on his team-leading eighth home run last night in Buffalo, but it was a mere side-note in Gwinnett’s 14-7 loss to the Bisons. (Leslie Watts / Gwinnett Braves)

Jurrjens had been stellar in the rotation for Gwinnett prior to last night, entering with a 2-0 record and 2.05 ERA.  JJ, however, now holds the dubious distinction of being the first G-Brave to allow more than eight earned runs in an outing (the last one to allow eight ER was Randall Delgado in a loss at Charlotte on August 21, 2011).  We’ll see how JJ bounces back in his next outing on Monday against a struggling Rochester club.

In the meantime, it’s Julio Teheran on the hill tonight against the Bisons.  Teheran, in case you haven’t already seen, has looked much more like the defending IL Pitcher of the Year and top Braves prospect as of late.  In three May starts, he’s 1-0 with a 1.13 ERA (2 ER in 16.0 IP) and is limiting IL opponents to a .214 average.  Last time he faced the Bisons, he limited the IL’s top-hitting team (.275 team average) to just an unearned run on five hits across 6.0 innings.  He’ll hope to post similar numbers tonight.

Read more about Jurrjens, Teheran, Gartrell, Mejia and other’s in tonight’s G-Braves Game Notes:  5.17.12 GBraves Game Notes

Don’t forget to check out the broadcast with Tony Schiavone on WDUN 550 AM / 102.9 FM and on


G-Braves Game Notes for 5.15.12 at Buffalo

The 11-game, 10-day marathon homestand is over, and your IL South-leading Gwinnett Braves take to the road for an eight-game trip through Buffalo and Rochester.  They begin things tonight at Coca-Cola Field in Buffalo, NY as they take on Wally Backman’s Bisons’ squad.  The two teams met up at Coolray Field recently, with Buffalo taking three of four.  Only a Stefan Gartrell walk-off home run on Thursday afternoon could salvage the series for the G-Braves.

If you like great pitching (and who doesn’t), you’ll get a good dose of it as these two teams meet up again.  Right-hander Todd Redmond, fresh off his career high-tying 10-strikeout performance against the same Bisons lineup his last time out, takes the baseball for the G-Braves tonight.  “Red” yielded just a run on six hits over 6.2 innings in his 116-pitch effort on May 10, this time he’ll be looking to pick up the win.  Meanwhile, Buffalo counters with right-hander Jeremy Hefner, owner of the International League’s second-best ERA of 1.77.  Hefner’s 3-1 with a modest 23 strikeouts in 40.2 innings, but worked a season-high 7.2 innings with two runs on four hits in a no-decision when he last met with the Gwinnett lineup on May 10.  One of those two runs came home on a Christian Marrero solo blast.

We won’t get to see the Julio Teheran vs. Matt Harvey mega-prospect match-up that we just missed out on in the last series, but both pitchers will throw in the four-game set.  Teheran is slated for a game three start on Thursday, while Harvey will go up against right-hander Eric Junge on Friday.  Right-hander Jair Jurrjens, 2-0 with a 2.05 ERA over his first three starts with Gwinnett, will start on Wednesday night.  Plenty of great pitching to keep an eye out for.

Durango’s nine-game hitting streak has led directly to an increase in stolen bases. The speedster swiped nine bags on the recently-completed 11-game homestand. (Melinda Pease / Gwinnett Braves)

As far as the Gwinnett lineup is concerned, we’ve seen hot stretches from Drew Sutton, Jordan Parraz, Jose Constanza and Gartrell since the start of the season.  The latest entrant is Luis Durango, who after a combined 3-for-6 effort in the doubleheader, is riding a nine-game hitting streak.  Durango is hitting .419 (13-for-31) with two doubles, seven runs scored and five RBI on the streak.  The increase in his time on base has led directly to more steals, as he swiped nine bags in 10 games on the homestand.  Durango leads all IL players with 20 steals in 24 attempts this year.

More on Redmond, Durango and the rest of the G-Braves in tonight’s Game Notes:  5.15.12 GBraves Game Notes

Game one gets going at 7:05 PM tonight, listen to the broadcast with Tony Schiavone on WDUN 550 AM / 102.9 FM and


G-Braves Looking To Extend Win-Streak Monday

5.14.12 GBraves Game Notes

Photo courtesy of Kyle Hess

What a way to end a homestand than with a doubleheader the night before the team leaves for an eight-game road trip? It is the final day of this enormous 11-game homestand from Coolray Field and your first place Gwinnett Braves (23-13) couldn’t be feeling much better about themselves these days.

Currently, the G-Braves are 5-4 on the homestand after splitting a two-game set with the Charlotte Knights, losing three of four to Buffalo and winning all three against Toledo so far. In 2012, the G-Braves are a perfect 6-0 against the Toledo Mud Hens as they get set to do battle in a Monday double-dip. First pitch is scheduled for 5:05 p.m. and the second game will begin approximately 30 minutes after the first game has concluded.

The newest G-Brave Felix Pie will be making his Braves debut Monday night as he is slotted in the No. 5 spot in the batting order and set to start in right field. Pie was a former top prospect for the Chicago Cubs from 2003-2007, before jumping ship to the Baltimore Orioles organization. There, he played three seasons at the Major League level with the AL East Orioles. He batted a career-high .274 in 2010, his second season with the ballclub.

Photo courtesy of Karl Moore

The first place IL South G-Braves stole the first game of a twinbill, 3-2, from the first place IL West Mud Hens on Friday night. Luis Durango cracked the game-winning hit with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning as both teams were stuck in a tie. With the RBI, the speedster has four in his last three games and is also leading the International League in stolen bases with 18 in 20 attempts. Jair Jurrjens (2-0) went the distance for the complete game win, while allowing just two runs.

In Game 2 Friday night, Gwinnett took advantage of Toledo pitching mistakes from the outset and never looked back. After scoring a few runs in the first inning, a bases loaded walk to Christian Marrero in the fourth inning opened up the floodgates. Anthony Varvaro made the spot-start and Erik Cordier grabbed the win as the G-Braves pitching was stellar for both games of the doubleheader. Joey Terdoslavich and Marrero each had multiple-RBI games in the second contest as they led the Gwinnett offensive charge.

Stefan Gartrell was named the International League Batter of the Week on Monday and he continued his torrid pace over the last three games. The slugger has five home runs in his last nine games, including 12 hits, six runs scored, 12 RBI, an .850 slugging percentage and a walk-off home run to beat Buffalo on Thursday afternoon. Gartrell rose his batting average from .165 to .216 in a matter of days and is only looking to keep climbing from there.

Toledo Mudhens (20-16, 2nd IL West) vs Gwinnett (23-13, 1st IL South) 

The No. 2 hitter in Toledo’s line-up for Monday’s game and the leadoff man for the three previous games, Justin Henry, has been on fire lately for the Mud Hens. The third baseman has reached base nine times in three games and will be looking to do more damage in two more games from Coolray tonight.

It will be interesting to see what the Toledo Mud Hens have in store for the G-Braves on Monday. The No. 1 overall prospect in the Detroit Tigers system, Jacob Turner, will be taking the mound against the G-Braves in his Triple-A debut at Coolray Field. Turner was just promoted from Single-A Lakeland as he completely skipped Double-A. In all liklihood this will be a spot-start for the righty and will be demoted to Double-A following the game. However, with a dominant performance he could prove his organization right and stick around for awhile. Either way, it should be exciting to witness Monday night.

Monday, May 14:  Game 1 – First Pitch 5:05 p.m. @ Coolray Field

Game 2 – First pitch approximately 30 minutes after the first game has ended 

Both games are scheduled to last seven innings. The International League South Division-leading G-Braves (23-13) will likely start right-hander Eric Junge (3-3, 3.09) in game one and left-hander Yohan Flande (1-2, 2.93) in game two. Toledo is slated to start the Detroit Tigers No. 1 prospect in the form of right-hander Jacob Turner (0-0, 0.00) alongside left-hander Casey Crosby (3-2, 4.55). Both games will be broadcast on WDUN 550 AM and 102.9 FM with Tony Schiavone calling the play-by-play.

Sunday’s Mother’s Day Diamond Dig has been rescheduled for Sunday, May 27, following Gwinnett’s 2:05 PM game against Rochester.

Monday is another Kids Eat Free night at Coolray Field, where all kids 12 and under will receive a voucher for a free hot dog, a bag of chips and a small soda.

Tickets for all Gwinnett Braves home games are on sale now at the Coolray Field Box Office. Call (678) 277-0340 or visit for more information.

Photo courtesy of Kyle Hess

Toledo Mudhens Batting Order:

1) Quintin Berry, CF

2) Justin Henry, 3B

3) Ryan Strieby, DH

4) Brad Eldred, 1B

5) Eric Patterson, LF

6) Andy Ciriaco, SS

7) Matt Young, RF

8) Omir Santos, C

9) Brent Dlugach, 2B

G-Braves Batting Order

1) Jose Constanza, LF

2) Luis Durango, CF

3) Drew Sutton, 2B

4) Ernesto Mejia, DH

5) Felix Pie, RF

6) Joey Terdoslavich, 3B

7) Christian Marrero, 1B

8) Jose Yepez, C

9) Greg Paiml, SS

By: Tony Piraro

Jair Jurrjens Set To Start Game 1 of Doubleheader

5.11.12 GBraves Game Notes

Photo courtesy of Kyle Hess

Friday the Gwinnett Braves begin their five-game series with the Toledo Mudhens from Coolray Field. It was originally scheduled to be a four-game set, but a rain postponed game in Ohio last week caused the International League to create a doubleheader this week from Coolray Field since the two teams will not see each other the rest of this season…barring a playoff match-up.

The first place IL South G-Braves will host the first place IL West Mudhens in the first game of a double-dip on Friday for a 5:00 p.m. first pitch. Then, Toledo will actually become the home team for the second game on Friday night, which will begin approximately 30 minutes after the first game has concluded.

Thursday the G-Braves were on the verge of being swept by the Buffalo Bisons (20-14) before some major heroics by Stefan Gartrell and company. Gwinnett was on the verge of taking the ballgame, 3-1, in the ninth inning following a would-be game-winning two-out, two-run double by Luis Durango in the bottom of the eighth inning. However, Thursday’s closer Cory Gearrin could not stave off Buffalo as they scored twice to knot the game up once again and force extra innings. However, the G-Braves wouldn’t extend the game for long as Gartrell blasted them to victory in the 10th with a walk-off shot.

The G-Braves have now won two of their last six games, but are still resting comfortably in first place of the International League South Division at 20-13. Gwinnett does not own the best record in the league anymore after their latest skid, however they are just two games behind the IL-leading Pawtucket Red Sox (22-13).

Toledo comes into town winners of six of their last 10 games including an identical first place record as Gwinnett at 20-13. The last time these two teams met in Toledo last week, the G-Braves won all three games while the fourth was obviously postponed until tonight.

Stefan Gartrell was named the International League Batter of the Week as he continues his torrid pace. The slugger is batting over .400 in his last seven games, including five home runs, 12 RBI and an .850 slugging percentage. Gartrell rose his batting average from .165 to .216 in a matter of days.

Photo courtesy of Kyle Hess

Currently Jose Constanza is on an 11-game hit streak that he will be looking to extend in both games on Friday night. Luis Durango is also on a tear of his own this season. The speedster stole three bases in Wednesday’s game pushing his season total to 18 stolen bases in 20 attempts for the IL lead.

Toledo Mudhens (20-13, 1st IL West) vs Gwinnett (20-13, 1st IL South) 

Jair Jurrjens (1-0, 1.80) will be facing the organization that originally drafted him in the form of the Detroit Tigers. The righty will be opposing Toledo southpaw Adam Wilk (2-1, 1.06) in what should be a phenomenal match-up in the first of two games from Coolray Field on Friday night.

Friday, May 11:

Game 1 – First Pitch 5:05 a.m. @ Coolray Field in Lawrenceville, GA

Game 2 – Approximately 30 minutes after first game concludes @ Coolray Field

Be sure to catch to the voice of the G-Braves Tony Schiavone as he broadcasts the game live on 550 AM, or 102.9 FM if you can’t make it out to the ballpark. Tickets for all Gwinnett Braves home games are on sale now at the Coolray Field Box Office. Call (678) 277-0340 or visit for more information.

Toledo Mudhens Batting Order:

1) Justin Henry, CF

2) Matt Young, RF

3) Ryan Strieby, DH

4) Brad Eldred, 1B

5) Eric Patterson, LF

6) Omir Santos, C

7) Audy Ciriaco, 3B

8) Brent Dlugach, 2B

9) Argenis Diaz, SS

G-Braves Batting Order

1) Luis Durango, CF

2) Jose Constanza, LF

3) Stefan Gartrell, RF

4) Ernesto Mejia, 1B

5) Drew Sutton, 2B

6) Joey Terdoslavich, 3B

7) Josh Wilson, SS

8) J.C. Boscan, C

9) Shawn McGill, DH

By: Tony Piraro

Audio: Stefan Gartrell’s Walk-off Home Run

Click here for Judd Hickinbotham’s Stefan Gartrell Walk-off Home Run vs Toledo

Photo courtesy of Kyle Hess

The reigning IL Batter of the Week Stefan Gartrell had an interesting week. Not only was he the first Gwinnett Brave to win a weekly IL award this season, but he also just blasted the G-Braves to victory on Thursday afternoon amidst “Education Day” at Coolray Field. Over 5,000 screaming students from schools all over the community came to the ballpark for a special 10:35 a.m. first pitch Thursday morning.

What could make a child happier than a field trip away from school? Exactly. A Stefan Gartrell game-winning home run that nearly reached “Dan Uggla” territory over the Gwinnett bullpen in left field is a close second.

Gartrell is batting over .400 in his last seven games, alongside RBI in 10 of his last 11 games including five home runs and an .850 slugging percentage. The slugger has registered seven runs scored, 14 hits, five bombs and 12 RBI in his last 10 games including his walk-off heroics against Buffalo.

The pitching may have been carrying this team early in the season, but rest assuredly that this offense is resting securely on the back of Gartrell currently. However, he is capable of the heavy lifting.

By: Tony Piraro

Sunday Fun Day is Bark in the Park at Coolray Field

Photo courtesy of Karl Moore

Sunday’s have always been entertaining at Coolray Field, but today it’s about to get a lot “friskier” as we welcome all our four legged friends to a G-Braves game. Come one, come all dogs in the surrounding communities to Coolray Field with their owners to have a bark, or play some catch on the field. Either way, Sunday Fun Day is definitely living up to the hype this weekend in Lawrenceville.

Bring your dog to the game for Bark in the Park! Make sure he doesn’t forget his glove to catch foul balls too! But remember it is lawn seating only.

Also, Sunday means playing catch on the field of Coolray Field so bring your ball and glove for a pregame catch in the outfield starting when the gates open for 20 minutes. All kids 12 & under will get to run the bases following the game. First pitch is scheduled for 2:05 p.m. and the gates will open promptly at 1:00 p.m.

Your first place G-Braves (18-10) are set to host the second place Charlotte Knights (15-14) of the IL South Division. The former Atlanta Brave right-hander Jair Jurrjens will be making the start for Gwinnett on Sunday afternoon against the Knights Terry Doyle.

No matter what, whether you’re an animal lover or a baseball nut, we have something for every fan in the stands at Coolray Field. Be here early to get your chance to play like a big leaguer on the G-Braves playing field.

By: Tony Piraro

Jair Jurrjens Starting for the G-Braves Sunday

Photo courtesy of Chris Roughgarden

Saturday night started an 11-game homestand in 10 days for the Gwinnett Braves, but unfortunately it did not start the way the G-Braves had envisioned with an 11-2 loss. Sunday afternoon will conclude a quick two-game set between Charlotte and Gwinnett before Buffalo comes to Coolray Field beginning Monday. Right-hander Jair Jurrjens (0-0, 1.29) will make his second start for the G-Braves on Sunday and will be opposing Charlotte righty Terry Doyle (1-2, 4.13) for a 2:05 p.m. first pitch from Lawrenceville, Georgia.

Stefan Gartrell is on fire right now for the G-Braves, as he has raised his batting average from .165 to .211 in a matter of days. The power-hitting righty has blasted a long ball in three of the teams’ last four games and will be seeking his fourth home run in five games today.

Starters: Charlotte Knights (15-14, 2nd) vs Gwinnett (18-10, 1st) Sunday, May 6 @ 2:05 p.m. @ Coolray Field

The Charlotte Knights are leading the season series, 4-3, with the G-Braves in the first seven games the two teams have played this season. This two-game series will mark the third series of seven between Gwinnett and Charlotte during the 2012 season. The next time these two will play one another will be part of a 4-game home-and-home series to start June. On June 1-2 the G-Braves will be playing hosting to the Knights once again for two games from Georgia. Then, June 3-4 the G-Braves will head to Charlotte for another 2-game set with the Knights on the back end of their home-and-home series’.

Be sure to catch to the voice of the G-Braves Tony Schiavone as he broadcasts the game live on 550 AM, or 102.9 FM. Tickets for all Gwinnett Braves home games are on sale now at the Coolray Field Box Office. Call (678) 277-0340 or visit for more information.

Charlotte Knights Batting Order:

1) Tyler Kuhn, 2B

2) Greg Golson, RF

3) Dan Johnson, DH

4) Hector Gimenez, C

5) Jordan Danks, CF

6) Jim Gallagher, LF

7) Ray Olmedo, 3B

8) Kyle Shelton, LF

9) Ozzie Martinez, SS

G-Braves Batting Order

1) Jose Constanza, RF

2) Luis Durango, CF

3) Stefan Gartrell, LF

4) Ernesto Mejia, DH

5) Joey Terdoslavich, 3B

6) Christian Marrero, 1B

7) Josh Wilson, 2B

8) J.C. Boscan, C

9) Greg Paiml, SS

By: Tony Piraro

G-Braves Notes for 4.30.12 at Toledo

It’s hard to believe the first month of the 2012 season is already ending tonight.  No matter what happens on April’s final night, the month is already a fantastic success for the Gwinnett Braves.  With yesterday’s 2-1 win in 10 innings, the G-Braves captured their 17th victory in 24 games and maintained a 4.0-game lead on Charlotte for first in the IL South.

The big story coming in, the first start for right-hander Jair Jurrjens since being optioned to Triple-A, turned out to be a big story after the game as well.  J.J. gave the G-Braves 7.0 innings of one-run baseball, allowing just four singles and three walks while striking out four.  He wasn’t overpowering, but he was efficient, needing 93 pitches (54 strikes) to get through a fairly potent Toledo offense.

After Jurrjens’ exit, the G-Pen was just about unhittable again.  Left-hander Dusty Hughes lowered his ERA to a microscopic 0.71 with a scoreless eighth, and right-hander Jaye Chapman had another impressive outing with 2.0 scoreless innings to secure his first win of the season.  As has been the case more than once this month, the Gwinnett offense was minimal but opportunistic as Greg Paiml led off the 10th with a double, took third on a bunt by Luis Durango and scored on a sacrifice fly by Jose Constanza.

Tonight, the G-Braves look to end April with  their third series sweep in the finale of the series at Toledo.  Right-hander Julio Teheran (2-1, 3.78) is 8-1 in 14 career Triple-A road starts, but struggled in his first venture away from Coolray Field this season (April 7 at Durham, 1.2 IP, 3 ER).  Hopefully he’ll look better than last time out, when he gave up four runs on seven hits (including a pair of HR) over 4.1 innings in a loss to Charlotte on April 25.  On a more positive note, Teheran dominated Toledo in his one start against them last year, throwing 8.0-innings of scoreless, three-hit baseball in a 2-0 win on June 9, 2011.

More about J.J., Teheran and the rest of the G-Braves in tonight’s Game Notes:  4.30.12 GBraves Game Notes

First pitch at Fifth Third Field is scheduled for 6:30 PM tonight, catch the broadcast with Tony Schiavone on WDUN 55o AM / 102.9 FM and


G-Braves Game Notes for 4.29.12 at Toledo

It’s another busy Sunday for the G-Braves today as they continue a four-game set at Fifth Third Field in Toledo, OH.  Gwinnett captured its third-straight win last night with an 8-3 decision over the Mud Hens, getting some serious production out of the middle of the order.  Ernesto Mejia and Joey Terdoslavich each went 2-for-4 with home runs and two RBI (both hitting their third blasts of the year), while Stefan Gartrell notched a two-run double to give the G-Braves a permanent lead in the fifth inning.   Right-hander Todd Redmond (W, 2-2) turned in his second quality start, limiting the ‘Hens to three runs over 6.0 innings while striking out seven.  As usual, the G-Pen was air-tight as right-handers Erik Cordier and Jason Rice combined on 3.0 scoreless, one-hit innings.

Dave Brundage’s IL South-leading crew will try to capture the series with Toledo today with right-hander Jair Jurrjens set to make his first start since being optioned to Triple-A.   Jurrjens is 2-1 with a 4.74 ERA (10 ER in 19.0 IP) in four career Triple-A starts, all coming on previous MLB Rehab assignments with the G-Braves.  Ironically, he’ll face the Triple-A affiliate of the organization that signed him in 2003 today, the Detroit-affiliated Mud Hens.  Jurrjens skipped over Toledo on his way to the big-leagues in 2007 and has never faced the Tigers nor one of their minor league affiliates since arriving in Atlanta.  Needless to say, it’s an interesting match-up for JJ’s first start.

Speaking of MLB Rehab assignments, right-hander Tim Hudson’s is now officially done.  He’s been activated from the Atlanta DL and starts for the Braves today against Pittsburgh.  That means a chain of roster moves affecting your Gwinnett Braves.  Right-hander Cory Gearrin has been optioned back to Gwinnett, where he’s 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA and two saves in seven outings this year…he did not pitch for Atlanta after being recalled on April 24.  To make room for Gearrin, left-hander Ben Swaggerty (0-0, 4.32 in six games) has been transferred to Rookie-A Danville.

With all of these moves, it’s been a busy Sunday morning  for Media/PR managers also.

Today’s Game Notes:  4.29.12 GBraves Game Notes

While you’re watching Huddy go back to work today, don’t forget to tune in to JJ’s first bounce-back start at 2:00 PM on WDUN 550 AM and 102.9 FM.  Tony Schiavone has the call from Toledo.  You can also get the broadcast online at


Cory Gearrin Called Up To Atlanta, Jair Jurrjens Sent Down To Gwinnett

(Photo courtesy of Kyle Hess)

Many people assumed that Cory Gearrin would eventually get the call to the big leagues and the Atlanta Braves. However, nobody assumed it would be for the demotion of Jair Jurrjens to Triple-A Gwinnett. Needless to say, this was the Atlanta Braves most recent transaction.

This season, Cory Gearrin has made huge strides in his development toward becoming a Major League pitcher. Currently, the right-hander is 1-0 and possesses a 0.00 ERA in 12.1 innings of work in Triple-A. Gearrin has recorded two saves and struck out 15 hitters, while walking just two this season. He has been used predominantly in the closer or set-up role for the G-Braves. More than likely, he will be used for middle relief for Atlanta until his role becomes more apparent.

Jair Jurrjens (0-2) on the other hand has not had as much success as Gearrin early-on this season. The righty presently owns a 9.37 ERA, alongside allowing 30 hits through 16.1 innings pitched this year. Jurrjens has allowed 17 earned runs and five home runs, while he has struck out eight batters and walked 10 so far.

Cory Gearrin was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the fourth round of the 2007 MLB Draft. He has worked himself up through the levels of the Braves organization, as he started in Danville with the Rookie-Braves in 2007. He then split time between Rome and Myrtle Beach in 2008 before spending most of the 2009 season with Double-A Mississippi. The right-handed reliever spent a majority of the past two years with the Gwinnett Braves in Triple-A.

Last season, Gearrin was called up to Atlanta where he appeared in 18 games for the Braves. In 18.1 innings of relief, the righty allowed 16 earned runs off 17 hits. He did strikeout an impressive 25 hitters, while walking 12 in his short-stay with the big club. This trip, the Braves No. 12 ranked RHP prospect is prepared to stick around. However, it is Gearrin’s job to adjust on the fly. He will be prepared to do whatever the Braves ask of him.

By: Tony Piraro