The Atlanta Braves re-signed right-hander Luke Jackson less than a week after designating him for assignment to Triple-A Gwinnett.
Jackson, 26, had a 5.06 ERA in four appearances with the Braves before being sent down on Wednesday. He elected free agency two days later.
Jackson has excelled while at Gwinnett this season, compiling a 2-1 record with a 1.69 ERA in 10 games, including one start.
He’ll replace fellow reliever Luiz Gohara, who heads back to Gwinnett and is expected to join the rotation.
Gohara had a 6.89 ERA across 15 2/3 innings and seven games (one start) with Atlanta.
–Field Level Media
Charlie Culberson was a tossed into a salary dump trade last December. He was the smallest piece of a big-name exchange that the Braves and Dodgers orchestrated with finances in mind.
The Rome native has now given the Braves three wins via timely home runs. After almost playing his way off the roster in April, he’s starting – and excelling – for a first-place team.
Culberson went 2-for-25 the first month of the season. He’s hit .321 in 29 games since. He’s made 23 starts, playing left field, third base and shortstop.
“Charlie’s been doing a great job,” manager Brian Snitker said. “It’s big hit after big hit. Charlie’s a baseball player. He stays ready. It doesn’t matter the situation, he’s a guy you can go to. He could not play in a while but he stays prepared. He’s a total pro. We’re lucky to have him.”
While the Braves lauded Culberson’s versatility and defense, expectations were moderate. He’d bounced around the National League West throughout his career with the Rockies, Giants and Dodgers.
He’s never received consistent playing time. He’s making the most of it now.
“It’s timing,” Culberson said. “Getting a chance to play is great, and doing something with it is even better. Just the mindset, getting with (hitting coach Kevin) Seitzer, trying not to do to much. It’s worked out for me. I’m having fun but still trying to go out there and get better every day.”
Culberson has always managed to slip his way into the right place at the right time. He hit one of the most memorable walk-offs in Dodgers history, clinching them the 2016 NL West title in legendary broadcaster Vin Scully’s final home game.
Even last season, Culberson was 8-for-16 in the Dodgers’ playoff run. He played in 10 games and produced four extra-base hits for the team that’d eventually lose the World Series in seven games.
Culberson’s solo home run in the fifth inning Saturday proved the difference in a 1-0 win. It was his third ultimately game-winning homer of the year, with the other two walk-offs.
He’s already tied his career-high for homers. He’s the first Atlanta Brave to have two pinch-hit game-winning home runs in one season.
That, along with his easy-going personality, makes him a favorite in the clubhouse. Culberson’s perfectly fit his teammates.
“You always root for a guy like Charlie,” Snitker said. “His teammates love him, they respect him as a person, as a teammate. He’s a total pro. He has a lot of respect in that clubhouse. Consequently, guys pull for everybody out there. They’re all pitching in and pulling for each other. And Charlie’s a guy they really like.”
Matt Kemp, whom the Braves dumped in the aforementioned trade, is rejuvenated in Los Angeles. The Braves received the immediately designated-for-assignment Adrian Gonzalez, starter Brandon McCarthy and Scott Kazmir, and Culberson.
Kazmir didn’t make the team. McCarthy has been up and down, likely losing his spot in the rotation.
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NORTH PORT, Fla. — In less than two years, the Atlanta Braves will call the Bay area home during spring training.
The team’s new spring training site will go from cleared land to a state-of-the-art facility by 2020. While that sounds like a long time away, Braves fans are jumping on spring training tickets now.
Tish Murphy, a Georgia native and Braves fan, says she’s “excited they are down here in Florida now.”
She’s expecting lots of visitors.
“My brother, parents and other relatives, I have a lot of people coming down here for spring training,” said Murphy.
The Braves’ $100 million spring training complex is expected to attract 73,000 visitors and inject $6 dollars into the economy — and that’s not all. A $10 million water park and the city’s first hotel since 1973 have been approved.
Also, the North Port Chamber says it’s getting lots of calls from businesses interested in moving near the Braves.
Some nearby homeowners are not too happy the Braves are moving across the street, however.
“Unfortunately it means more traffic, more roads will need to be built to accommodate all the folks coming during that time,” said Louise Elleo, who lives nearby.
The Braves are working with the city and county to meet the infrastructure demands.
Mike Dunn, the team’s vice president of Florida operations, said, “We will be able to support the traffic ingress and egress of our fans it’s a concern for us as well.”
Murphy added, “We’re going to be proud to have them down here … they’re America’s team.”
The team will play next season in Orlando except for their last game. The final game will be played at their new home in North Port and mark the stadium’s official opening.
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The Atlanta Braves are sending LHP Luiz Gohara back to the minors in order to develop a routine and once again settle into a role. The Braves have not officially announced the move yet but when reporters entered the clubhouse this morning, they found Luke Jackson instead of Gohara.
Gohara’s locker has been cleaned out. Luke Jackson in his place.
— Gabe Burns (@GabeBurnsAJC) June 17, 2018
As expected, Braves have sent Gohara to an affiliate so he can develop a routine.
— Gabe Burns (@GabeBurnsAJC) June 17, 2018
Gohara came into the season as a favorite to establish himself in the team’s rotation. Hamstring and ankle injuries suffered in spring training derailed that thought but he hasn’t had much of a chance to get himself on track either. He had been recently used out of the bullpen in a mop up role that simply isn’t going to allow him to develop. It seems at this point the appropriate course of action is to return him to Triple-A where he can join the rotation there and reestablish himself as an option later on this season.
Gohara has appeared in seven games this season and has allowed 12 earned runs in just 15 2/3 innings.
Update – The Braves have officially announced the move.
The Braves extended their hold on the National League East to 2.5 games with Saturday’s 1-0 win over the Padres.
Sean Newcomb pitched six scoreless and Charlie Culberson’s fifth-inning homer proved the difference.
Here’s what the Braves said afterward:
Manager Brian Snitker
On Newcomb: “It was really good. How he doesn’t panic, stays pitch-to-pitch and goes to work. It’s really good. You do expect that out of him now.”
On lifting Newcomb in the sixth after a 25-minute rain delay: “We were looking at how long he’d been down, how long it’d been since he went. If we weren’t hitting, he’d probably have gone back out. But I didn’t know how long that inning was going to take. It didn’t feel right. He’d already had a good workload. He was into the 80s in his pitches. … I didn’t want him to lose that game.”
On Culberson: “Charlie’s been doing a great job. It’s big hit after big hit. Charlie’s a baseball player. He stays ready. It doesn’t matter the situation, he’s a guy you can go to. He could not play in a while but he stays prepared. He’s a total pro. We’re lucky to have him.”
Starter Sean Newcomb
On navigating trouble in the first: “It was a weak hit that turned into a double there, so I knew I had to buckle down and get the next three hitters. The approach was to attack them and hopefully strike them out. … Just kept attacking and I was lucky to get out of it.”
On rebounding from a tough start: “It goes both ways. After you have a good one, you’ve got to be able to clear it. Look toward the next one and not worry about it or worry about what you did. Just go out and treat it as a new thing, whether you have a bad one or a good one.”
On Culberson: “Awesome. He’s plays a good left field. Been swinging the bat really well. Pretty clutch today, as he has been in the past. If he keeps it up that’d be huge.”
Left fielder Charlie Culberson
On his homer: “It was great. I guess today, one was all we needed. Toward the end of the game, I was out of the game but I was feeling it. I was excited, nervous, anxious. That was a fun game and the crowd got into it. That was fun.”
On Newcomb: “He’s done a great job. He’s fun to watch. He’s got a great presence on the mound, easy arm. He’s making a thing out there for himself. That’s what we want to see, that’s what he wants to see. And it’s fun to play behind him too.”
On regular playing time: “It’s timing. Getting a chance to play is great, and doing something with it is even better. Just the mindset, getting with (hitting coach Kevin) Seitzer, trying not to do to much. It’s worked out for me. I’m having fun but still trying to go out there and get better every day.”