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2/27/2015 | Brave words: Friday, Feb. 27

Before learning Melvin Upton Jr. will miss the remainder of Spring Training because of a left foot injury, the Braves created some encouraging health-related news when they cleared shortstop Andrelton Simmons to resume all throwing activities. Simmons' return provided manager Fredi Gonzalez a chance to add an entry to one of the more interesting thoughts expressed recently in Braves camp.

2/27/2015 | Fredi excited about Braves' improved farm system

As Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez has watched Jose Peraza, Mike Foltynewicz, Rio Ruiz and some of his other top prospects during the early days of Spring Training, he has gained a better understanding of why the Braves' Minor League system went from being much maligned to highly respected during the hectic offseason.

2/27/2015 | Kohn keeping Hamilton in his thoughts

As Braves reliever Michael Kohn has spent the past couple of days digesting reports that have suggested Josh Hamilton might have had a drug relapse that could lead to a suspension, he has kept his focus on his former Angels teammate's long-term well being.

2/27/2015 | Upton to miss rest of spring with inflammation in left foot

After undergoing an MRI on Friday afternoon, Braves center fielder Melvin Upton Jr. learned that a left foot injury will sideline him throughout Spring Training and likely force him to spend the first few weeks of the regular season on the disabled list.

2/27/2015 | Kimbrel uses changeup to keep mechanics in check

While catcher A.J. Pierzynski and opposing batters might have been impressed with the changeups Craig Kimbrel threw during Thursday's live batting-practice session, Braves pitching coach Roger McDowell chose to playfully jab his closer about this pitch that will likely not be used during the regular season.

2/26/2015 | Kimbrel stands out in live batting-practice session

As the Braves completed their first full-squad workout on Thursday, Freddie Freeman was one of the position players who drew the unenviable task of facing Julio Teheran and Craig Kimbrel in a live batting-practice session.

2/26/2015 | Brave words: Thursday, Feb. 26

The Braves held their first full-squad workout and players discussed various topics, including Andrelton Simmons talking about the many changes during the offseason.

2/26/2015 | Veras confident in ability to win bullpen job

While Jason Grilli and Jim Johnson received guaranteed contracts after experiencing rough 2014 seasons, Jose Veras had to settle for a Minor League contract. But like Grilli and Johnson, Veras is a former closer who has come to Spring Training more than willing to accept the role to serve as a setup man for Braves closer Craig Kimbrel.

2/26/2015 | Keystone competition one to monitor in camp

Jose Peraza will likely establish himself as Atlanta's starting second baseman and leadoff hitter at some point this season. But until the highly-regarded prospect is deemed Major League-ready, the Braves will have to determine how to best fill that second-base role.

2/26/2015 | Andrelton playing it safe with sore oblique

When Andrelton Simmons entered Fredi Gonzalez's office on Thursday morning to inform him that he has been recently dealing with a sore left oblique, the Braves' manager viewed this as a sign that his high-energy shortstop is starting to understand the importance of keeping minor ailments minor.

2/25/2015 | Brave words: Wednesday, Feb. 25

The day's top stories have been published on Here are some of the other interesting thoughts that have been expressed recently during camp.

2/25/2015 | Gonzalez expects 'controlled chaos' as camp fills up

After spending the past few days watching a slew of pitchers' fielding drills and bullpen sessions, Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez is ready to take another step toward the regular season when he oversees his team's first full-squad workout on Thursday.

2/25/2015 | Upton, Gomes reunited in fresh starts with Braves

As they share adjoining lockers during Spring Training, Braves outfielders Melvin Upton Jr. and Jonny Gomes will have a chance to reminisce about the days when they played in this same stadium together as members of the 2003 Orlando Rays.

2/25/2015 | Gomes: Mindset of mediocrity is unacceptable

Count Jonny Gomes among the Braves' players who are not buying into the thought that he and his new teammates are destined for mediocrity as they approach this upcoming season.

2/25/2015 | Cleared for action, Markakis targeting Opening Day

Nick Markakis hopes to be in the Braves' Opening Day lineup. But as he eases his way back from neck surgery, the veteran outfielder will not accelerate his preseason preparations to the point where he might jeopardize realizing this goal.

2/24/2015 | Brave words: Tuesday, Feb. 24

It was relatively quiet around Champion Stadium on Tuesday, though it's sure to be busier when the rest of the Braves' full squad reports on Wednesday.

2/24/2015 | Johnson wants Braves' offense to think small

Braves third baseman Chris Johnson looks back at last year's Royals team and sees inspiration, but perhaps not in the way you might expect.

2/24/2015 | Several candidates to fill out Braves' rotation

Pitchers have yet to begin facing hitters, but Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez already sees an intriguing fifth-starter competition taking shape.

2/24/2015 | Confident Banuelos fighting for spot with Braves

Braves prospect Manny Banuelos, who was acquired from the Yankees during the offseason, is competing for a spot in the big league rotation.

2/23/2015 | Brave words: Monday, Feb. 23

After Melvin Upton Jr. arrived at camp on Monday morning and explained his reasoning for dumping his nickname (B.J.), Braves president of baseball operations John Hart met with reporters to discuss some of his Spring Training expectations.

2/23/2015 | Hart says underdog Braves expect to contend

Braves president of baseball operations John Hart understands why most National League East prognostications have given more love to the Nationals, Marlins and Mets. But he also seems to wholeheartedly embrace the heavy underdog status his club has gained since parting ways with Jason Heyward, Justin Upton and Evan Gattis this past offseason.

2/23/2015 | Gonzalez likes what he sees from Johnson early in camp

Fredi Gonzalez got an early glimpse of what could be a key component of his bullpen on Monday afternoon, as Jim Johnson threw a side session and impressed the Braves manager with the depth of his sinker.

2/23/2015 | Hart: 'It's a clean slate' for Upton Jr. in Atlanta

Outfielder Melvin Upton Jr. hopes his third season with the Braves goes better than his fist two, and he has the support of president of baseball operations John Hart and manager Fredi Gonzalez.

2/23/2015 | Upton: Name change not about rebound with Braves

The man formerly known as B.J. Upton reported to Braves camp early Monday morning, and he said his decision to go by his birth name, Melvin Upton Jr., had nothing to do with wanting to distance himself from the miseries he has experienced during his first two seasons in Atlanta.

2/22/2015 | McDowell key to Stults choosing Braves

As the Braves were attempting to enhance the competition for the fifth spot in their rotation, pitching coach Roger McDowell made a successful recruiting pitch to Eric Stults. He had met the veteran left-handed pitcher during their days together with the Triple-A Las Vegas 51s.

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