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Braves going down like…Braves

Not only the the Braves lose tonight 10-5 to the Cubs, but Tom Glavine is going back to the DL:

CHICAGO — Tom Glavine made his first career visit to the disabled list earlier this season. The Braves’ veteran southpaw is headed back to the DL with an injured left elbow.

Glavine was removed after three ineffective innings against the Cubs on Tuesday night. The Braves later announced that he has a strained left elbow.

During Tuesday’s start, Glavine allowed four earned runs and six hits. The 42-year-old hurler needed 30 pitches to escape a two-run second inning and another 25 pitches to end a two-run third inning.

This was Glavine’s first appearance at Wrigley Field mound since using it to gain his 300th career victory on Aug. 5 of last year.

That’s gotta stab the hearts of Braves fans. Smoltz last week, Glavine this week. Everyone knew Atlanta would be hit or miss this season. The roster has a lot of risk built into it. Unfortunately, it may not pay off for Cox and crew.

Braves Beast (and least) of the Week

(Injured) Beast: Chipper Jones.  Chipper hit .478….yes…… .478 this week.  It’s almost mid-June and he’s hitting .420.  He had 6 RBIs but couldn’t stop the Braves from losing 3 in a row to the Phils.  Jones sat the last two games with a right quad strain.

Runners-Up: Mark Teixeira, John Anderson

Least: Kelly Johnson.  Well, Friday’s game was enough of a reason.  He dropped the game winning out in the 9th against the Phillies, leading to an eventual sweep.

Runners-Down: Jeff Francoeur, Brian McCann

-Greg Berlin

Smoltz out for year

According to 790 The Zone sports radio in Atlanta via Sabernomics, John Smoltz will undergo season-ending shoulder surgery after attempting a comeback in the bullpen this year. Huge blow for Atlanta here. More to come…

ESPN power rankings

Completely worthless to interpret anything from.  But the Phils are #2, behind the Cubs.  The Marlins are 7, the Braves 10, the Mets18 and the Nats 26.

-Greg Berlin

Kotsay to DL

The Braves today placed CF Mark Kotsay on the disabled list. Kotsay has long suffered from back problems, and, according to MLB.com’s Mark Bowman, the Braves felt it would be best to let Kotsay rest (his back has been sore for several days now). Called up in his place is Josh Anderson, who is hitting .282 for Triple-A Richmond.

Beastly Braves

Mark Teixiera had quite the game for himself today in Atlanta’s 8-1 win over Milwaukee, going 2-3 with 4 RBIs (including a 3-run HR) and 2 walks. And in his third start of the year, Jorge Campillo shut down the Brewers offense, going 5 innings surrendering just one run on 4 hits, striking out 6 and walking none on 73 pitches. He is 2-0 with a 0.99 ERA.

This was an important win for the Braves, preventing a Milwaukee sweep and improving the Braves’ abysmal road record to 7-18 (compared to 22-7 at home).

Diaz to DL, Soriano will be activated

The Braves will place OF Matt Diaz on the disabled list with a ligament strain in his left knee. Diaz was injured while crashing into the wall while catching a Prince Fielder fly ball in last night’s 3-2 loss to Milwaukee. Atlanta is already suffering from a lack of outfield depth, as Mark Kotsay has missed games with a sore back. According to Braves.com, Omar Infante and Gregor Blanco will start seeing more time in the outfield.

The DL move will allow Atlanta to activate Rafael Soriano, who has been out since the second week of the season. The Braves’ closer will rejoin a depleted bullpen that is a combined 6-7 with a 3.42 ERA this year.