Hurricane Irene caused the final two games of a series in New York vs the division rival Mets Saturday and Sunday August 27th and 28th , cooling off the red hot Atlanta Braves, winners of 7 of 9. The club stands at 79-54 thru Monday August 29th and after 3 days off The Braves return to action in Atlanta Tuesday August 30th vs the Washington Nationals. This unscheduled late season break allows Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez to rest his three top relievers- Closer Craig Kimrel(more on him below), LH 8th inning stud Jonny Venters and lefty specialist Eric O’Flaherty. The club is an amazing 18-1 when all three pitch in the same game since June 1st.
HANSON UPDATE: The Braves are optimistic that RHSP Tommy Hanson(11-7,3.60, 22 starts) will pitch again this season after an MRI Friday August 26th. He has a small tear in his right rotator cuff that is commonly found in pitchers shoulders while The labrum and rest of his shoulder appears structurally sound. Hanson will still visit arm injury expert Dr. James Andrews in Florida Monday August 29th. The righty has not pitched since August 6th and has been shut down twice this season with arm issues, receiving two separate cortisone injections.
RECORD FOR RELIEVER: Braves rookie closer Kimbrel tied the 1st year save record with #40 August 23rd. The talented righty has converted 40 of his 45 opportunities and has 31 and two third innings scoreless streak. Incredible job by the rookie and when you consider the fact that he pitches for a team bound for the postseason Kimbrel’s freshman season has to be one of the greatest of all time.
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