Morning Grind – Braves Are Making Noise, Another Reyes Setback

An article by posted on June 4, 2009

The Morning Grind is the place for Mets fans to sound off on anything and everything! An open thread for ranting and raving about the Mets, completely raw and uncensored!

What’s On Our Minds

1. What’s the deal with the Braves?

The Atlanta Braves have been very busy in the last 24 hours…

First they released 305 game winner, Tom Glavine after he made it all the way back from an injury and was ready to be activated. He had just finished throwing six scoreless innings in a minor league game and was expected to be activated this weekend. NOT!

I was actually a little giddy when I heard this and one of my friends on Twitter said it perfectly…

“I wonder if Tom Glavine is devastated now!”

The Glavine cut was very reminiscent of how they let John Smoltz go, so to make sure that there wouldn’t be any severe backlash from the fans, GM Frank Wren made a trade.

The Braves acquired All-Star outfielder Nate McLouth from the Pirates in exchange for three prospects; left-handed pitcher Jeff Locke, outfielder Gorkys Hernandez and right-handed pitcher Charlie Morton.

Not bad for the Braves, but I kind of thought they were in rebuilding mode and this trade obviously means they are in “win now” mode, which is something I never really considered before now. Sure, McLouth is a solid player, and a 90+ RBI bat, and he’s only 26 years old, but the Braves still have some issues on that team. The Braves weren’t done yet…

Late last night, Frank Wren announced that the Braves will be promoting number one prospect and one of the most exciting and highly anticipated pitching phenoms in baseball, Tommy Hanson.

The Braves’ top-rated pitching prospect is being brought from Class AAA Gwinnett to make his major-league debut in a start Saturday against Milwaukee. 

Hanson has been dominant against International League hitters, posting a 1.49 ERA and .169 opponents’ batting average, with 90 strikeouts and 17 walks in 66-1/3 innings.

This kid is going to be the next big thing in baseball, and if I remember correctly, he absolutely was unhittable in Arizona Fall League and took home the MVP.

Memo to Omar – Please respond with a counter-move… Please…

2. Are you really worried about Jose Reyes?

Last night, while playing in a minor league on rehab assignment, Jose Reyes came out of the game with discomfort on his knee.

He is now back in New York where he will have the knee and his calf re-examined. Reyes had initially been put on the disabled list with tendinitis in his calf.

Jerry Manuel doesn’t seem to worried about it…

“All the indications I have is that it wasn’t as damaging as it sounded,” Jerry Manuel told reporters. “So, maybe instead of Friday, then we’ll have him back by the weekend. If not, then definitely for the Phillies series when we get home… His legs are obviously very important.”

The thing of it is, when the Mets say they’re not worried… THAT’S WHEN I START WORRYING!

David Lennon writes, that Reyes, left in the third inning after experiencing “discomfort” in his right knee. The Mets had hoped that Reyes would be activated tomorrow – his first day eligible to come off the disabled list – but those plans have been scrapped indefinitely.

Indefinitely… That word is never good….

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