--SS Andrelton Simmons left Wednesday's game against the Nationals after three innings when he aggravated a sore ankle. He sprained the ankle earlier, but this issue is more in the area of the Achilles, manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "I didn't want to take a chance with it," Gonzalez said. Simmons is expected to be able to play Friday when the Braves open a series with the New York Mets.

--RF Jason Heyward was hit on the left thumb by a pitch in the sixth inning Wednesday against the Nationals and left the game in the ninth when he had trouble gripping the baseball to throw it. X-rays were taken, and the injury was expected to keep Heyward out of action this weekend when the Braves play the New York Mets.

--2B Tommy La Stella, promoted from Triple-A Gwinnett in late May, hit .294 with a .370 on-base percentage in his first 57 games. In 32 games since, though, he has batted .181 with a .265 OBP. La Stella, supplanted in the lineup by fellow rookie Phil Gosselin, didn't play in the series against the Nationals.

--RHP Julio Teheran (13-12, 2.83 ERA) faces the New York Mets for the fourth time this season on Friday night in the opener of a three-game series in Atlanta. He is 2-1 with a 3.78 ERA against the Mets, allowing one earned run in two of the outings. Teheran suffered a tough-luck loss in his last start, at Texas, after limiting the Rangers to three hits and three unearned runs in eight innings.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "I'm the face of the team. I'm the face of the organization. I'm not on billboards or anything like that, but I'm the one on a microphone every single day answering the questions. So I take a lot of responsibility in that, whether it's fair or not fair. It's my team. It's my 25 guys. I take full responsibility. I don't think you can answer that question any other way. If any coach in any sport answers that in a different way, that's not the guy you want leading your team." -- Manager Fredi Gonzalez, asked how much responsibility he felt for the team's failure this season.

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MLB Team Report - Atlanta Braves - ROSTER REPORT


MEDICAL WATCH:

--RF Jason Heyward (left thumb) left the game in the ninth Sept. 17 and is not expected to play against the New York Mets the weekend of Sept. 19-21.

--SS Andrelton Simmons (ankle) left the Sept. 17 game but is expected to be able to play Sept. 19.

--C Evan Gattis (strep throat and kidney stone) sat out Sept. 8-17. He is day-to-day.

--LHP Jonny Venters (tear of the UCL in left elbow) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 21, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on March 29. He stopped his first live batting practice session May 14 after 10 pitches because of soreness. He experienced soreness during a May 25 bullpen session, and he was diagnosed with a breakup of scar tissue. The soreness lingered into mid-June, when he received a platelet-rich plasma injection. He resumed throwing July 18. He played catch from 120 feet July 26. He began throwing off a mound in mid-August but was shut down again Aug. 26 and was diagnosed with another tear of the UCL in his left elbow on Aug. 28. It is the third career tear for Venters, who had Tommy John surgery in 2005 and 2013.

--RHP Shae Simmons (right shoulder strain) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to July 27. He threw a 20-pitch bullpen session Aug. 12 without issue. He began a rehab assignment with Triple-A Gwinnett on Aug. 16, but he was shut down Aug. 20 after feeling soreness. He had yet to return to a mound of as Sept. 6. He is unlikely to return this season.

--RHP Gavin Floyd (fractured right elbow) went on the 15-day disabled list June 20, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on July 31. He underwent surgery June 24 to insert screws in the elbow.

--RHP Cory Gearrin (ligament damage in right elbow) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 24, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on April 2. He had season-ending Tommy John surgery April 15.

--RHP Kris Medlen (Tommy John surgery in March 2014) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 21, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on March 26. He will miss the entire season.

--RHP Brandon Beachy (Tommy John surgery in March 2014) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 21, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on March 29. He will miss the entire season.

ROTATION:

RHP Julio Teheran

RHP Aaron Harang