07/03/12 8:43 PM ET
Final Vote candidate Bourn promoting mates
By Teddy Cahill / MLB.com
He started Sunday by talking up third baseman Chipper Jones' candidacy in the Final Vote. While Jones was in the lead when the first balloting numbers were released Tuesday, he was selected to the All-Star Game as an injury replacement for Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp.
With Jones taken care of, Bourn moved on to left fielder Martin Prado.
"I thought he should be on there, I really do," Bourn said. "He's done an exceptional job, and the thing is he switches positions so much it's hard to nominate -- he goes from left to third to first. But he's so versatile that there's no way, to me, that he shouldn't be on there."
Prado led the Braves in batting average (.320) and on-base percentage (.383) heading into Tuesday's game. He has continued to hit at a high level despite playing four different positions -- left field, third base, first base and second base -- this season.
Bourn said Prado is the most versatile teammate he's ever had and couldn't understand how he was passed over this year.
"I just think he's overlooked," Bourn said. "I don't know how. He can hit, I'll tell you that."
Bourn, meanwhile, remains in the running for the final spot on the National League team. When early voting results were released Tuesday, Bourn was in last place. Fans can vote for Bourn through Thursday at 4 p.m. ET.
Braves appear to be in market for starting pitcher
ATLANTA -- With the Trade Deadline four weeks from today, rumors are starting to fly across baseball. For the Braves, who were five games behind the Nationals in the National League East and 1 1/2 games behind the Mets for the second Wild Card spot heading into Tuesday's games, the rumors have mostly focused on acquiring a starting pitcher.
Manager Fredi Gonzalez said he and the rest of the Braves look forward to hearing about their potential acquisitions.
"They know that the rumors that usually get talked about are good players, and they improve the club," Gonzalez said. "There's not one guy there that doesn't want to go to the postseason. Those buzzes are always good."
Brewers right-hander Zack Greinke is considered to be the Braves' top target on the trade market. The Braves had a scout at his start Monday night and will again be in attendance when he pitches Saturday. They have also been connected to Cubs right-handers Ryan Dempster and Matt Garza, as well as Padres right-hander Edinson Volquez.
Right-hander Peter Moylan made his second rehab appearance in the Gulf Coast League on Tuesday afternoon. Moylan threw a scoreless inning, allowing one hit and striking out one batter.
Moylan is recovering from surgery performed last September to repair a torn right rotator cuff. If his rehab remains on track, he could return to the Major Leagues in late July.
Braves assistant trainer Jim Lovell has been named to the National League All-Star training staff. Lovell is in his 28th year as a member of the Braves organization.
Teddy Cahill is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.