PHILADELPHIA -- As the Braves move toward the non-waiver Trade Deadline at the end of July, their desire to add a reliever is minimized by their hope of adding both Peter Moylan and Kris Medlen to their bullpen at some point in August.
Moylan, who has been sidelined since undergoing back surgery in May, is expected to begin his throwing program during next Thursday's workout at Turner Field. The valuable right-handed reliever's back injury sidelined him after he made just seven appearances this year.
Medlen, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery, had a minor setback earlier this week, but the Braves' medical staff has told manager Fredi Gonzalez there was no reason for him to be concerned. Many pitchers battling back from Tommy John hit numerous bumps in the road before regaining full strength.
Braves remain hopeful Jurrjens starts ASG
PHILADELPHIA -- Giants manager Bruce Bochy seems to still be contemplating whether to use Phillies ace Roy Halladay or Braves starter Jair Jurrjens to serve as the National League's starting pitcher in Tuesday night's All-Star Game.
While Atlanta manager Fredi Gonzalez has said he understands Halladay might deserve the nod because of his seniority, he said he still hopes Jurrjens gets the call.
"You would like for him to start," Gonzalez said. "He would be more rested than Doc and more rested than [Cliff] Lee, if that makes a difference. ... I have not heard anything about it. But for selfish reasons for the organization and the team, I'd like him to get that opportunity."
Jurrjens made his final start before the break Wednesday. Halladay was scheduled to start Friday night's game against the Braves. If rain postpones the game, the reigning NL Cy Young Award winner would likely be pushed back until Saturday. This would leave the Phillies to decide whether to start Lee or Cole Hamels on Sunday.
Any Major League pitcher who starts Sunday will not be allowed to pitch in Tuesday's All-Star Game.
Jurrjens leads the National League in ERA (1.87) and wins (12). Halladay entered Friday ranked third in ERA (2.44) and second in wins (11).
Team relieved fallen Braves fan is OK
PHILADELPHIA -- While watching his team take batting practice at Turner Field on Thursday afternoon, Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez noticed a fan reach for a home run and fall between the small space separating the left-field wall and the stands.
Gonzalez and other members of the organization breathed a sigh of relief when the unidentified male climbed back up the wall and returned to his left-field seats without needing any medical assistance.
Unfortunately, a similar event at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington a few hours later ended in a tragic manner that created sadness that extended far beyond the baseball world. Reaching to get a ball tossed to him by Rangers left fielder Josh Hamilton, Shannon Stone fell approximately 20 feet behind the left-field wall and suffered fatal injuries.
Gonzalez was obviously bothered by the tragic event, and he was further unnerved when a reporter told him Stone had just bought his six-year-old son, Cooper, his first glove before bringing him to Thursday's game with the hope of leaving with a baseball.
Having seen too many fans come too close to falling over the edge, Gonzalez said he stopped throwing baseballs in the stands almost a decade ago, when he spent the 2002 season as the Braves' Triple-A manager in Richmond, Va.
"We were in Norfolk, and there was a group of guys and some kids," Gonzalez said. "I got a foul ball and tossed it to the kid, but one of the guys behind him wanted the ball. Here's this kid with his face getting pushed up against the [railing] because of the adults with the beer flying. So if I can't hand it to you, I won't throw it up there."
A Braves spokesman said early Friday evening that they can't release details or the name of the individual who fell before Thursday's game at Turner Field.
Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.