Because it’s Friday, and you ain’t got nuthin’ else to do, go ahead and check out these here links.
-In a cruel twist of fate for all involved, Derrek Lee will make his Braves debut Friday afternoon, in Chicago of all places. Carroll Rogers reports that D-Lee will be in uniform when the Braves open a three-game set with the Northsiders at Wrigley. After a seven-year relationship, Cubs fans get to watch Lee play for one more weekend before parting ways for good. This is gonna be awkward.
Here’s the money quote, from Derek Lowe:
“It’ll probably be weird for him,” Braves pitcher Derek Lowe said. “You think of all the scenarios that he could possibly have. Making your debut back in the city where you’ve played so long – I’d imagine he’ll have every emotion going through him.”
– Left-handed reliever John O’Flaherty will rejoin the Braves bullpen this weekend. He should be available to pitch in Friday’s game. To make room for O’Flaherty and Lee, lefty Mike Dunn and infielder Brandon Hicks were optioned to Gwinett.
– More on today’s game: Jair Jurrjens will face Ryan Dempster this afternoon. The Saturday match-up is Tommy Hanson-Tom Gorzelanny, and the Sunday finale will pit rookie Mike Minor against Randy Wells. Jurrjens has been great lately, it’d be lovely to see him bang out a few more wins down the stretch and build some confidence for the postseason.
– Gregor Blanco is making himself useful in Kansas City. Here’s a great play he made last night for Kansas City. (Excuse the cheesy ad if they auto-play it on you, but the catch is worth watching.)
– Oh shit, the Falcons played last night? I almost forgot. No really, I did almost forget, because I’m of the belief that preseason football is rather pointless, but I managed to tune in for a quarter or two. The highlight of what I saw was when half defensive end, half coal-miner Kroy Biermann hit Tom Brady from behind and forced a fumble. That is two straight (preseason) games now where Biermann has stripped the quarterback, and the coaching staff is starting to notice. In his post-game press conference, Coach Mike Smith talked about the possibility of Kroy earning a starting job in camp.
– Now for the negative. With apologies to Chaz Barkley, the offense looked “turrible” last night. After the disappointing but altogether meaningless loss, D. Orlando Ledbetter tracked down some quotes. My favorite quote is from Roddy White, who said: “It’s just the preseason.”