Braves News: Elder's strong start, Luplow claimed by Toronto, Wright's rehab, more

Atlanta Braves v St. Louis Cardinals
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The Atlanta Braves are off to a solid 5-1 start in 2023 after completing their first sweep of the year. Atlanta beat the Cardinals by a final score of 5-2 backed by an impressive six-inning outing from Bryce Elder. The Braves offense continued to stay hot and feature some impressive web gems via Eddie Rosario and Michael Harris II.

The team heads back to Atlanta ready to welcome an excited crowd to Truist Park for the first time in 2023. They will start a four-game set against the San Diego Padres on Thursday, with the first-pitch set for 7:20 p.m. ET. This could be a potential playoff series preview as both the Braves and Padres feature electric offenses and great pitching.

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Kyle Wright made a rehab start for Triple-A Gwinnett on Wednesday as he looks to return to the Braves rotation after having to miss some time with shoulder discomfort. As long as there aren't any setbacks, the team should see Wright back in the rotation sometime during the homestand.

The Atlanta Braves also announced on Wednesday that outfielder Jordan Luplow was claimed off of waivers by the Toronto Blue Jays. Luplow was initially designated for assignment to make room for Dodd to make his Braves debut on Tuesday. Luplow signed a one-year, $1.4 million deal in December. The Blue Jays will assume the remainder of Luplow’s salary for 2023.

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White Sox infielder Elvis Andrus reached the milestone of 2,000 hits on Wednesday against the Giants. He checked into the game after Tim Anderson was ejected for arguing with the umpire from the dugout after being struck out by Logan Webb. Andrus stated the ball would be given to his mother, who also has the baseballs from career hits of 500, 1,000, and 1,500.

The Tampa Bay Rays are off to an impressive 6-0 start and remain the only unbeaten team remaining in all of Major League Baseball. They are pitching well, featuring a 2.00 ERA after six games, and are backed by an impressive defense. They have also scored more runs than any other team in baseball thanks to consistent contact and great base running.