The Braves have been slumping offensively the last week or so. While there are a few players struggling at the plate, injuries and illness have taken their toll on Chipper Jones and Brian McCann. Jones has had just one at-bat since taking a sharp line drive off his ankle last Friday against the Rays, and McCann is reportedly still battling the flu.
Freddie Freeman had eye issues arise last week and missed one game, but the young first baseman has been struggling pretty badly since returning to the lineup. Manager Fredi Gonzalez has also decided to give Freeman the night off on Thursday for the series finale with the Reds, a game Atlanta hopes to win to avoid a four-game sweep.
Here is the Braves lineup for tonight:
First pitch from Great American Ballpark is set for 7:10 p.m.
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