Atlanta Braves Spring News Recap: Soroka’s Injury, Projecting Acuna’s Steals in 2023, More

As the Atlanta Braves are preparing for the season, we take a look at spring storylines, projections, and other news from the Atlanta Braves.

The Braves first spring training game is scheduled for Saturday, February 25th at 1:05PM against the Boston Red Sox. There are many storylines to keep up with this spring.

Will Orlando Arcia win the starting shortstop job or does Vaughn Grissom have it locked down? Ron Washington’s recent comments suggest he thinks Grissom is ready to take the job and run with it out of camp.


The battle for the fifth rotation spot hit an immediate speed bump as Mike Soroka was sidelined with a sore hamstring. However, despite the immediately negative reaction, Brian Snitker indicated the it isn’t as bad as some are making it out to be.

Braves’ legend Fred McGriff chose to enter the Hall of Fame without a logo, while Scott Rolen chose to be enshrined as a Cardinal. McGriff didn’t want to show any disrespect to any of of his fans by choosing one city’s team over the other.

With the new rules in 2023, we speculate (using actual math and data) on how many steals Ronald Acuna Jr. could end up with by the end of the season. Here’s a hint, it’s a lot.

The search for Chip Caray’s replacement came to an end as the Bally Sports hired Evansville, IN native and Braves’ fan, Brandon Gaudin as the new play-by-play announcer. Not only did Gaudin grow up a fan, he once wrote Skip Caray (Chip’s dad) a letter and received a response. Read more about that here.

Buck Showalter recently spoke with the media about what a great player Sean Murphy is and will be for the Braves in 2023. The Braves have an embarrassment of riches at backstop between Murphy and Travis d’Arnaud.


The Braves welcomed Hall-of-Famer and Atlanta Braves’ legend Chipper Jones back to the coaching staff as a hitting consultant, this spring.

Max Fried may have lost his arbitration hearing against the Braves, but there aren’t any hard feelings. In fact, despite losing the hearing he still tied Gerrit Cole’s record for most money ever awarded to a player in an arbitration hearing.

We don’t want to forget to mention that the Braves extended Brian Snitker through the 2025 season. The 67-year-old started as interim manager and has done nothing but lead the Braves to five-straight N.L. East titles and a World Series Championship. Well deserved.

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