Top Prospect Graham On DL; Tommy John Surgery For Venters

Braves Minor League Report: Thursday

Thursday, May 16, 2013 - by David Jenkins
J. R. Graham pitching for Mississippi Braves at AT&T Field last summer.
J. R. Graham pitching for Mississippi Braves at AT&T Field last summer.
- photo by Tim Evearitt

The Braves have placed No. 1 pitching prospect J.R. Graham on the Mississippi disabled list with a strain of the right shoulder. Graham removed himself from his last start after warming up for his third inning of work.

He reported the shoulder feeling much better the next day and has no history of arm trouble, so the DL stay looks at present to be more of a precaution.

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The Gwinnett Braves activated Jose Constanza from the disabled list (thumb) in time for Wednesday night's game and he responded with a stolen base.

Constanza missed spring training due to visa issues but has shown little effect, as he extended his current hitting streak to 12 games.

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With the Los Angeles Dodgers coming to Atlanta Friday, it's worth noting that Peter Moylan is not that far removed from joining the makeshift pitching staff. Signed as a free agent, the popular Aussie has been at Class AAA Albuquerque all season, where he has gone 2-1, 4.76 with a save in 13 games. He allowed only one run in a seven game span before struggling a little this week.

Moylan is a guy Braves fans will continue to be a guy Braves fans will root for.

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You'll hear this elsewhere, but we'll include it here: Thursday, Jonny Venters underwent  "Tommy John" surgery on his pitching elbow for the second time. His first procedue was in 2005 and because a major league pitcher in part from its success.

CLASS AAA

Gwinnett (16-26) 6, Pawtucket   4

WP: Poveda (3-2)  8 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K.  Rasmus (Save, 7)  0.1 IP.
Cunningham 3-4, 2B, HR (2nd), 3 RBI; Terdoslavich 1-2, 2B (15th), R, 3 BB (.335); Boggs 1-3, 2B, R, RBI; Pastornicky 3-5, RBI (.308).  

CLASS AA

Huntsville 5, Mississippi (25-15) 4

SP: Northcraft 4.2 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 5 K. LP: Egan (BS, 2-1)  1 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HR.
Martinez 1-2, HR (2nd), 2 RBI; M.Jones 1-4, 2 R, HR (1st), RBI; La Stella 2-5,SB; Russell 1-4, 2B; Salcedo 2-4, R, 2 SB.

ADVANCED CLASS A

Frederick 11, Lynchburg (21-17) 7   

SP: Hoyt 4 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 7 K, 2 WP.  LP: Brewer (0-1) 2 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 3 WP.
Lipka 3-5, 2 R; Hefflinger 3-5, 2 R, HR (9th), RBI; Reyes 1-5, 2 RBI (.298); Rohm 1-4, 2B, R (.318); Landoni 1-4, 2B, RBI (.355).

CLASS A

Rome (21-17) 11, Asheville 4 

WP: W. Perez (4-3) 5.2 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 4 BB, 4 K.  C. Perez    2.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K.
Elander 2-5, 2 2B, 5 RBI; Anselment 3-5, 2B, R, RBI; Hyams 3-5, 3 R, 2B, 2 RBI, SB (.326); Brown 1-3, 2B, 2 R, SB.

 

Peter Moylan pitching for the Atlanta Braves.
Peter Moylan pitching for the Atlanta Braves.
- Photo2 by Tim Evearitt

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