Justin Upton smacked a go-ahead grand slam and knocked in five runs in Friday's 8-5 win over the Dodgers.
For all his early success, this was the first time he had driven in more than two runs in a game this season. Upton collected his first RBI with a ground out in the bottom of the third inning and put the Braves ahead with his grand slam off Paco Rodriguez in the bottom of the sixth. It was the third grand slam of his career and his first since June 2, 2009. The 25-year-old outfielder currently leads the majors with 14 home runs and is just three shy of his total from all of last year.
Paul Maholm allowed four runs (two earned) in six innings Friday in a win over the Dodgers.
Maholm was in line for the loss before Justin Upton launched a grand slam in the bottom of the sixth inning. The southpaw gave up eight hits (including a home run) and a walk while notching three strikeouts. While Maholm hasn't been able to match his early dominance, he still makes for a useful mixed in mixed fantasy leagues.
Jason Heyward (appendectomy) went 2-for-4 with an RBI single, a walk and two runs scored Friday in his return from the disabled list.
Heyward had just one multi-hit game in 17 games prior to his appendectomy last month. We hope you bought low during his lengthy DL stint, as things should only get better from there.
Brandon Beachy (elbow) will make his first official minor league rehab start Sunday with Triple-A Gwinnett.
Beachy was cleared after he threw 29 pitches over two innings Tuesday during a start in extended spring training. He's expected to make around five starts in the minors, which puts him on pace to join the Braves around the anniversary of his Tommy John surgery on June 21. He's well worth stashing in most fantasy leagues.
Brandon Beachy (elbow) will make his second rehab start with Triple-A Gwinnett on Sunday.
After throwing 29 pitches over two innings in his first start, Beachy will be limited to three innings or 45 pitches in his second outing. He's expected to make around five starts in the minors to regain his arm strength before rejoining the Braves' rotation in the middle of June. If you haven't already done so, now would be a terrific time to stash the young right-hander in most fantasy leagues.
Braves placed RHP Jordan Walden on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to May 12, with right shoulder inflammation.
It's an injury that we hadn't heard about until now, but perhaps we should have known something was up with Walden allowing five runs over his last three appearances (1 1/3 innings). It's not clear at this point how long he'll be sidelined.
Braves activated OF Jason Heyward from the 15-day disabled list.
Out since late April following an appendectomy, Heyward's return was delayed a few days after he dealt with a little soreness while on a rehab assignment, but he's ready to roll now. The outfielder was batting just .121/.261/.259 with two home runs prior to the injury, but fantasy owners should feel free to immediately insert him back into their lineup.