You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.


  • ePAPER

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and bonus content- exclusively for subscribers. Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks


Welcome to

This subscriber-only site gives you exclusive access to breaking news, in-depth coverage, exclusive interactives and bonus content.

You can read free articles of your choice a month that are only available on

Dansby still out of Braves lineup, but feeling good

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – As much as Dansby Swanson hates sitting and watching baseball games rather than playing, the Braves’ rookie shortstop understands why the team has been so cautious with him over a relatively minor back stiffness.

There are still more than three weeks until opening day, and the Braves want to make sure the budding face-of-the-franchise player from Marietta puts this injury behind him rather than let it become a nagging condition. Swanson was out of the lineup again Friday and hasn’t played in a week, since his back stiffened after a four-plate appearance game Saturday.

“I feel good,” Swanson said before doing infield drills Friday morning. “It’s just kind of a reality check that it’s March 10. I’d rather be completely healthy for the season.”

He fielded ground balls Thursday and did infield work twice before Friday’s game against the Mets, and the next step will be for Swanson to be cleared for batting practice and throwing before he returns to the lineup. He’s not on the travel roster for road games Saturday against the Cardinals or Sunday against the Yankees, but is expected to be back in the lineup soon.

The situation is not a concern, Swanson said.

“My dad called me about it last night,” Swanson said, “and, like, the first thing I said was, I’m not worried, you shouldn’t be worried. So he said, ‘OK, that’s all I needed to hear.’”

Reader Comments ...

Next Up in Atlanta Braves

Brandon Phillips is happy, Braves happy to have him
Brandon Phillips is happy, Braves happy to have him

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – He was traded to the Braves just a couple of days before players began reporting to spring training, yet right away it seemed as if Brandon Phillips had always been part of the team, so seamless was the veteran second baseman’s transition to a new clubhouse. “Well, when you’ve got a personality like...
LEADOFF: How the Braves rank position by position
LEADOFF: How the Braves rank position by position

Baseball statistics/analytics website FanGraphs has posted its annual position-by-position power rankings for all 30 MLB teams – an interesting exercise because it measures each team’s personnel against the competition, rather than assessing it in a vacuum. The Braves’ lineup doesn’t score highly in the analysis. FanGraphs ranks...
Swanson focused on ‘process’ during spring training
Swanson focused on ‘process’ during spring training

By his own admission, Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson came into his second big league camp differently than last year, though his approach remains the same. “I don’t think the approach is different, just the circumstances are different,” said Swanson before the Braves faced the Mets on Sunday. “I try to always be the best version...
Braves sign reliever Hernandez; Chapman impresses
Braves sign reliever Hernandez; Chapman impresses

Just because spring camp closes down this week doesn’t mean the Braves are winnowing down their bullpen options. They appear, in fact, doing the opposite. The team signed right-handed reliever David Hernandez to a non-roster contract Sunday after San Francisco released him two days ago. Hernandez, 31, was 3-4 with a 3.84 ERA in 70 games for Philadelphia...
Braves’ Dickey has best spring outing, says he’s ready
Braves’ Dickey has best spring outing, says he’s ready

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – R.A. Dickey said all spring that he wasn’t concerned with results in Grapefruit League games, that it was only about how he felt in preparing for the season. The Braves knuckleballer said that when he got knocked around in several starts and said it again Saturday when he had his best spring performance. Dickey...
More Stories