MLB: Braves and Julio Teheran, Dodgers Mattingly on Yankees Jeter

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Braves Call Up Julio Teheran

Atlanta Braves top pitching prospect Julio Teheran will make a surprise debut for the Braves Saturday night against the Philadelphia Phillies, Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez announced Friday. Teheran was rated the fifth-best overall prospect by Baseball America and was 3-0 with a 1.80 ERA for Triple-A Gwinnett, having just won International League pitcher of the week.

Don’t get too excited Braves fans as this will only be a spot start. The Braves are very conscious of the “arbitration clock” and will only lose a day or two of service time with his intended “Super 2″ status. For you Fantasy players, if you are a weekly transaction league check the wires carefully because he may still be on the Braves roster at your transaction deadline (which for most of you I would imagine is Sunday night.) If so, you can pick him up and stash him away for later this year and beyond. 

MLB Disabled List a Popular Place

I don’t know if it’s perception or reality but the amount of players hitting the MLB 15-day DL on a daily basis seems mind boggling to me. And what’s with all the oblique injuries, have we ever seen an injury to a part of the body be so in vogue? Yesterday’s additions to the MLB 15-day DL were Roy Owsalt, Jonathan Broxton and Rick Ankiel. It seems as though players on the DL are routinely having setbacks, and  then there are the players who are out of the line-up where the team doesn’t know if they should be put on the DL or not!

You can check out the complete list of MLB Players on the 15-day DL here.

Mattingly Comments on Jeter Situation

If there is anyone in baseball who can relate to what the Yankee Capitan, Derek Jeter, is going through right now it’s former Yankee Capitan and current Los Angeles Dodgers manager, Don Mattingly. It wasn’t long ago that Mattingly was an aging star with a bad back and declining skills with daily questions surrounding him about when it was time to hang up his cleats. Mattingly’s Dodgers were in New York Friday night to take on the Mets and the reporters were all over him about the topic. Here’s what Donny Baseball had to say about the Jeter situation.

“Everybody loves you because you’re coming up through the system. Then, you hit a period in your career when everybody questions if you’re too old and can’t do this and can’t do that anymore.”

‘He’s the greatest to ever play here. It’s full circle, it’s natural the way it happens. It happens for everyone and unfortunately Jeter is not going to be immune to what happens to everyone.”