Sports Biagini on batting vs. Braves: ‘Can’t imagine it’s going to go very well’

21:31  15 may  2017
21:31  15 may  2017 Source:   Sportsnet

Biagini not looking to be a hero at the plate

  Biagini not looking to be a hero at the plate ATLANTA, GA.—Joe Biagini is going into tonight’s game against the Atlanta Braves just trying to set low expectations. Not on the mound, of course. In Biagini’s first two starts since an injury crisis forced him into the Toronto Blue Jays’ starting rotation, the 26-year-old right hander has posted two wins, allowing just six hits and one run through nine innings and striking out seven batters along the way. It’s his turn at the plate that has Biagini worried in the lead-up to the game, Toronto’s third against Atlanta in as many days but first visiting the new SunTech park, where National League rules dictate pitchers must bat.

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The Toronto Blue Jays begin a four-game interleague series with the Atlanta Braves Monday, and Joe Biagini is already fretting about something he’ll have to do during his scheduled start in Atlanta Wednesday.

The reliever-turned-starter is going to have to swing a bat in the majors for the first time.

“I can’t imagine it’s going to go very well,” Biagini jokingly told Jeff Blair and Kevin Barker on Baseball Central Monday.

As a way to cope with this unfamiliar endeavour, Biagini might take a unique approach to his plate appearances.

“I think I’m going to draw my own on-deck circle,” he said. “That’s part of the plan and it’s probably going to be behind the dugout somewhere. I’m thinking about bringing a glove up there instead of a bat just in case.”

Look: Braves fan Photoshops Peterson into Odor-Bautista punch pic

  Look: Braves fan Photoshops Peterson into Odor-Bautista punch pic Look: Braves fan Photoshops Peterson into Odor-Bautista punch picOn Thursday, one day after Bautista drew the ire of Peterson and the Braves by flipping his bat following an eighth-inning homer in a heated affair at SunTrust Park, one Atlanta fan showed up to the ballpark brandishing a poster of last year's unforgettable punch - except with Peterson's face Photoshopped onto Odor's body. Peterson signed it.

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If John Gibbons gives him the signal to bunt?

“I’ll put on my bunting face and I’ll go out there and stand near the plate and make it happen.”

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Biagini’s only real professional experience as a batter was in 2015 when he had 20 at-bats in 23 games with San Francisco Giants’ double-A affiliate, the Richmond Flying Squirrels.

He had two hits for a .100/.182/.100 batting line.

“I had a brief little moment of shining brilliance in double-A and then before that it hasn’t been for a while,” Biagini said of his history swinging the lumber.

The 26-year-old righty has an ERA of 2.28 in 16 appearances, including two starts, for the Blue Jays in 2017.

He received a standing ovation after his most recent outing, a start in which he threw five scoreless innings against the Seattle Mariners.

Freddie Freeman has broken wrist, out 2 months

  Freddie Freeman has broken wrist, out 2 months Freddie Freeman, the National League's home run leader, has a fractured left wrist that will sideline him at least two months, the club announced Thursday. Exams Thursday revealed Freeman suffered the fracture when he was struck by an Aaron Loup pitch during the Braves' victory Wednesday night. It's a devastating blow for an Atlanta Braves team built around Freeman, 27, who's the lone long-term veteran building block as the club rings in the first year of SunTrust Park. "There was no intent," Freeman said of Loup's pitch. "He was just trying to do his job and one got away." Freeman was batting .341 with an NL-best 14 home runs and a 1.209 on base plus slugging. President of baseball operations John Hart said losing Freeman is "devastating news for the ballclub." The Braves signed free agent James Loney to a minor league deal. Loney, 33, hit .265 with nine homers in 100 games for the Mets last year and was released from a minor league contract with Detroit this month. He is expected to join Triple-A Gwinnett. More baseball: Coppolella said re-signing Ryan Howard, who was released from Gwinnett on May 8, was not an option. Jace Peterson, a utility player who has spent most of his time at the middle infield spots, started at first base in Thursday night's game against the Blue Jays. "We couldn't find anybody that could do what Freddie does," Coppolella said. "He was arguably the best player in the whole league.

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Biagini will throw opposite Mike Foltynewicz on Wednesday.

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