Thursday, May 9, 2013
The outfielder will begin a rehab stint Thursday morning at Coolray Field in Lawrenceville.
Goodbye Brian McCann, hello Jason Heyward. The Gwinnett Braves announced Heyward, a starting outfielder for several years with the Atlanta Braves, will begin an injury rehab stint at Coolray Field beginning Thursday (May 9). Heyward, 23, underwent an appendectomy in April and was placed on Atlanta's disabled list. He is hitting .121 (7-for-58) in 2013. For his career, he is hitting .256 with 61 home runs. He is expected to be the designated hitter and bat second in Thursday's morning game (10:35 a.m.) vs. Pawtucket. Heyward also is expected to travel to Scranton (Pa.) with the G-Braves for a weekend series, and then be re-evaluated, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The G-Braves need a spark, for sure. The team (12-22) has …
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
“We’re happy to help out in any way we can,” said Falcons QB Matt Ryan. He joined Jason Varitek, Rodney Harrison and Dee Brown to help raise money for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings.
They may live in Metro Atlanta, but their hearts were with Boston Tuesday night. Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan played football at Boston College. Jason Varitek—a Georgia Tech alum—won two World Series titles with the Boston Red Sox. Rodney Harrison also won a championship playing safety for the New England Patriots. Retired Basketball player Dee Brown won the NBA’s Slam Dunk contest while wearing the Boston Celtics’ uniform. All four came together to show their support for those affected by April’s bombings at the Boston Marathon on “Boston Strong Night” at the Gwinnett Braves game. The athletes threw out the ceremonial first pitches before the start of the G-Braves game against the Pawtucket Red Sox, the minor league team of the …
Saturday, May 4, 2013
The Atlanta catcher continues his rehab stint at Coolray Field in Lawrenceville, Ga.
Brian McCann continued his rehab stint with the Gwinnett Braves on Friday, but could not help the home team end its losing streak. McCann had a home run and went 2-for-4 with an RBI in the G-Braves' 6-2 loss to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. It was the G-Braves' sixth straight loss, before a season high 6,989 fans. In his first game with Gwinnett on Thursday, McCann, a Duluth High grad, went 1-for-4 with an RBI. He is expected to rejoin Atlanta for next week's series at Cincinnati. His homer Friday came in the fourth inning. Joey Terdoslavich had three hits for the second straight game for Gwinnett. On Saturday, the G-Braves (12-17) will again host Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (game time, 7:05 p.m.). The first 2,000 fans in attendance will receive a …
Friday, May 3, 2013
The Atlanta Braves' catcher and Duluth-raised Brian McCann went to bat for the Gwinnett Braves Thursday at Coolray Field as part of his rehabilitation.
Atlanta Braves' catcher Brian McCann is working his way back to Turner Field. After playing three games with Class A Rome Braves, McCann started his stint with the Gwinnett Braves at Coolray Field Thursday (May 2). In October of last year, McCann, a Duluth High graduate, underwent surgery on his right shoulder. While taking practice swings on deck before his first at-bat, a fan shouted to McCann and asked how his shoulder feels. “It feels great,” he shouted back. The G-Braves took on the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders Thursday evening. McCann went 1-for-4 with an RBI single in the 4-1 loss. Game two against the RailRiders is Friday night. First pitch is at 7:05pm. Watch the video to see McCann introduced to the crowd and his first at …
Thursday, May 2, 2013
The Atlanta Braves catcher's rehab stint will be among the activities at Coolray Field starting May 2.
Brian McCann's "homecoming" to Gwinnett will only be part of the fun for the coming homestand for the G-Braves. McCann, the Atlanta Braves' veteran catcher and Duluth High grad, will continue to work back from offseason shoulder surgery during the G-Braves' eight-game homestand, which begins Thursday, May 2. He already has been getting in some work with the Class A Rome Braves. On Wednesday, McCann concluded that four-game stint with totals of .357 (5 for 13) and three home runs, according to the Rome News-Tribune. “I’m pretty excited about where I’m at,” McCann said before Wednesday's game. It is not known how long McCann will be with the G-Braves in 2013. However, Atlanta is believed to be expecting him to rejoin the big club in time for…
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
The Duluth High grad and Atlanta All-Star will begin his comeback on May 2 at Coolray Field in Lawrenceville, Ga.
Brian McCann is coming home to get ready for his 2013 baseball season. The veteran Atlanta Braves catcher, a Duluth High grad, will begin a rehab assignment with the Gwinnett Braves beginning Thursday, May 2, the G-Braves announced Wednesday (May 1). McCann, 29, underwent shoulder surgery last October, and already has played in some rehab games with the Class A Rome Braves in 2013. He has a .279 career batting average with 156 career homers with Atlanta. It's the third time that McCann has done a rehab stint with Gwinnett, the others being in 2009 (eye infection) and 2011 (left oblique). The Gwinnett Braves begin a four-game homestand vs. Scranton-Wilkes Barre on May 2 (game time, 6:05 p.m.). It is not known how long McCann's stint with …
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Sports stars formerly from Boston, including Matt Ryan, Jason Varitek, Rodney Harrison and Dee Brown will be at Coolray Field on May 7th. Part of ticket sales from the night will go to OneFundBoston.org.
The Gwinnett Braves will show their support for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing with a special night to raise funds for the families affected. On May 7th, the G-Braves will play the Boston Red Sox's minor league team the Pawtucket Red Sox. First pitch is at 6:05pm at Coolray Field in Lawrenceville. The first pitches will be thrown out by athletes who played in Boston at one time or another. They are: Five dollars from every ticket purchased at gwinnettbraves.com/boston using the promo code "STRONG" will be donated to OneFundBoston.org and benefit the victims of the Boston Marathon tragedy. The entire evening will be a tribute to Boston. Each G-Braves player will walk out on the field to a Boston band, including Boston, …
Sunday, April 21, 2013
You can bring your dog to the Gwinnett Braves' game. Atlanta's Freeman will finish a rehab stint.
Freddie Freeman, the regular Atlanta Braves first baseman, is making the most of his injury rehab stint with the Gwinnett Braves. Freeman went 5-for-5 Saturday (April 20) with two RBI as Gwinnett (8-9 in 2013) topped Charlotte, 6-0, in Fort Mill, S.C. Freeman will play the final game of his rehab stint Sunday when the same teams head for Coolray Field for a 2:05 p.m. game. Also Sunday, it will be "Bark In The Park" Day at Coolray. Fans can bring their dogs to the park to spend the afternoon with the G-Braves. And typically for Sunday home games at Coolray, there will be pregame catch in the outfield and postgame baserunning for children 12-under. For more information, visit the G-Braves website.
Saturday, April 6, 2013
The G-Braves defeat Charlotte on Friday in 2013 opener. A twin bill is scheduled for Saturday.
Delaying their 2013 opener by one day did not hurt the Gwinnett Braves' performance. The team cruised past Charlotte, 5-4, on Friday (April 5) at Coolray Field. The scheduled season opener Thursday evening was postponed due to rain and chilly temps. Shortstop Tyler Pastornicky, who has some experience with the Atlanta Braves, went 4-for-4 with an RBI. Pitcher Sean Gilmartin went five innings, allowing one run on six hits. Saturday, the same teams will play a double-header beginning at 5:05 p.m. at Coolray. The first 2,000 fans will receive a Brandon Beachy Bobblehead figure. Material from a Gwinnett Braves news release was used in this report. -- How many Gwinnett Braves games do you plan to attend this season? Share your thoughts on the …
Thursday, April 4, 2013
Wet weather is pushing back the start of baseball season at Coolray Field by one day.
The Gwinnett Braves announced Thursday afternoon that their season opener at Coolray Field in Lawrenceville has been postponed. First pitch against the Charlotte Knights was scheduled for 7:05pm Thursday. The G-Braves' season will instead kick-off Friday with a single game against the Knights at 7:05pm. On Saturday, Gwinnett and Charlotte will play a double-header starting at 5:05pm. The games will be seven innings with a short break in between. The Gwinnett Braves will honor all tickets for tonight's postponed game at any game during the 2013 season.