UPDATES & NEWS
The Braves have agreed to terms with outfielder Jason Heyward on a two-year contract, avoiding salary arbitration.
Heyward has elite skills, but he's soft and he's been beset by continual injuries leading to roller coaster like efforts from month to month for his career. Reports suggest he'll be paid over $13 million over the next two seasons, so the Braves are banking on Heyward becoming the player that we all know he can be - if he can stay on the field. ANALYST: Ray Flowers
Yunel Escobar said his groin is improving and will work out prior to Sunday's game.
The MRI on Escobar came back clean, so that's great news. He's still not 100-percent though and will continue to be held out. Escobar believes that he can avoid the DL and will work out prior to the game to prove it. Obviously though, if he doesn't show the improvement in the workout, the team could hold him out a little while longer. The club can go with Danny Espinosa at third and Dan Uggla at second. They also called up Emanuel Burris who can play all over the infield. Analysis: Howard Bender