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2011 Atlanta Braves Spring Training: Chipper Jones Feeling Better; Pitching Plans Announced Tuesday

Link-o-rama from the past couple days of camp:

David O'Brien's things learned from the first week. My reactions:

Jason Heyward gained four pounds and supposedly came in more muscle bound. Freddie Freeman gained 15 pounds and added muscle, as well. They combine to weigh almost 500 pounds. That's two big boys on the right side.

Mike Minor and Brandon Beachy are said to be in a battle for the fifth spot, with Rodrigo Lopez right behind. I've already reacted to this at length, and I do not feel there is any real battle here. Minor is the favorite, and Beachy is there as an option in case of collapse or injury by Minor. I feel like it will take a ton to unseat Minor.

We knew Julio Teheran is the real thing, but O'Brien gives some solid quotes from David Ross about Teheran's mindset and thinking. It's good to know our best pitching prospect has things straight in the brain.

Fredi Gonzalez is encouraged by Chipper Jones' progress. Jones suffered from a sore knee Saturday, but he seems to have rebounded, saying he hasn't had two bad days in a row yet. Jones said if he isn't ready by the opener Saturday, he should be by the middle of next week.

Also on that link is the news that Gonzalez will announce his pitching plans for at least the first three to four games on Tuesday. The Braves open Saturday against the Mets.

Finally, Talking Chop is running an interview series and posted three today:
- Peter Moylan
- Jason Heyward
- Link for the third one is broken. Go to Talking Chop for it. It's Dan Uggla.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.