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Mon, 25 Mar 2013 10:28:21 -0700
The Atlanta Braves optioned C Christian Bethancourt to the minors Monday, March 25.
Wed, 20 Feb 2013 14:44:43 -0800
Atlanta Braves C Christian Bethancourt is receiving praise from the coaching staff this spring for his improved hitting approach. Bethancourt could receive consideration to open the season as C Brian McCann's (shoulder) backup with the likes of C Gerald Laird, Evan Gattis, Matt Pagnozzi and Jose Yepez. Bethancourt hit .224 (13-for-58) with three doubles, no home runs and a .246 on-base percentage in the Dominican Winter League. "That swing has gotten better," manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "That's always been the thing. When you listen to the reports and listen to the guys talk about it, they always talk about the swing, how the swing is not ready yet. But just watching BP and watching the four at-bats I saw of him in winter ball, I think there's improvement there."
Fri, 28 Dec 2012 05:53:16 -0800
Atlanta Braves C Christian Bethancourt could be thrust into action in early April as C Brian McCann (shoulder) recovers from shoulder surgery.
Tue, 20 Nov 2012 06:27:33 -0800
The Atlanta Braves added C Christian Bethancourt, P David Hale, P Cory Rasmus, P Ezekiel Spruill and P Aaron Northcraft to the 40-man roster to protect them from the Rule 5 Draft.
Tue, 30 Oct 2012 13:32:33 -0700
With the free-agent market for catchers very thin this offseason, the Atlanta Braves could look to trade C Brian McCann. However, it's much more likely that he'll remain in Atlanta. There is some belief that C Christian Bethancourt could be the Braves' starting catcher by the beginning of 2014.
Sat, 20 Oct 2012 09:56:46 -0700
Atlanta Braves SPs Randall Delgado and Julio Teheran will join the Tigres del Licey of the Dominican Winter League next week. They are each expected to make approximately seven starts, tossing between 30 and 40 innings. They will be joined by minor league C Christian Bethancourt.
Mon, 13 Aug 2012 16:42:48 -0700
Atlanta Braves SS Andrelton Simmons (pinkie) has started therapy for his broken right pinkie finger and is hoping to be cleared for baseball activities soon. "I can pretty much do everything with it," Simmons said. "It's still a bit sore. I have to stretch it out a bit still, but it feels great." SS Jack Wilson (pinkie), OF Matt Diaz (thumb) and C Christian Bethancourt (hand) were all scheduled to visit with team doctor Dr. Gary Lourie Monday, Aug. 13.
Mon, 02 Jul 2012 10:30:15 -0700
Updating a previous report, the Atlanta Braves appear to have serious interest in trading for Minnesota Twins SP Francisco Liriano. The Braves' top scout was in attendance for Liriano's last two starts. Liriano is 2-7 with a 5.40 ERA this year, and he's making $5.5 million. C Christian Bethancourt could interest the Twins in a potential deal.
Mon, 30 Apr 2012 21:38:48 -0700
Atlanta Braves C Evan Gattis was promoted from Class A Lynchburg to Double-A Mississippi Monday, April 30, after prospect C Christian Bethancourt (hamstring) suffered a strained hamstring Sunday, April, 29.
Fri, 13 Apr 2012 09:03:03 -0700
The Tampa Bay Rays have been following Atlanta Braves C Christian Bethancourt "diligently," but the Braves aren't in a rush to trade him with C Brian McCann approaching free agency. The Rays didn't trade for a catcher in the offseason because they would rather have a long-term everyday option behind the dish instead of trading for a short-term solution.