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ATLANTA (AP) — Shortstop Dansby Swanson did not participate in the Atlanta Braves‘ light workout Tuesday and appears to be a longshot to make the team’s roster for its NL Division Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.Swanson partially tore a ligament in his left hand on a swing against the Mets’ Noah Syndergaard on Sept. 24. He had pain when he tried to swing a bat Saturday in Philadelphia and received more treatment Tuesday Taijuan Walker Jersey , remaining inside while his teammates were on the SunTrust Park field.Manager Brian Snitker paused when asked if Swanson still has a chance to play when the Braves open the NLDS on Thursday night in Los Angeles.“A chance,” Snitker said. “I don’t know how great of one, really. But we’ve had guys in situations like this who have come in the next day and been a lot better, so we’re just going to take it a day at a time.”Braves players were not available to reporters on what was officially a day off.Charlie Culberson, who excelled for the Dodgers in the 2017 postseason , would be Atlanta’s starting shortstop if Swanson does not show dramatic improvement. That would strain Atlanta’s already thin bench. Ryan Flaherty could make the roster as a backup infielder.Snitker said Culberson’s postseason experience will be “really big” because “it’s the maiden voyage for most concerned.”Culberson hit .282 with eight homers after the All-Star break this season, and .270 with 12 homers overall.Swanson hit .238 with 14 homers this season, including only .213 after the break.One scenario discussed by Snitker and his staff is the possibility of keeping Swanson on the roster as a defensive replacement and pinch-runner.“We’ve got to make sure he can go over there and handle the glove and make a play,” Snitker said, adding Swanson could be forced to hit even if he were to enter a game as a defensive replacement.Snitker said he has more confidence in Lucas Duda’s recovery from a sore back. Duda, acquired from Kansas City on Aug. 29 http://www.diamondbacksfanproshop.com/authentic-zack-greinke-jersey , took batting practice Tuesday and could make the roster as a left-handed pinch-hitter.Snitker confirmed Mike Foltynewicz will start Thursday night’s game. Snitker has not released the remainder of his rotation. Anibal Sanchez and Kevin Gausman could start the next two games on Friday night in Los Angeles and Sunday night in Atlanta, leaving Julio Teheran and Sean Newcomb as top candidates for a possible fourth game in Atlanta.Snitker said it “wasn’t hard at all” to pick Foltynewicz (13-10, 2.85 ERA) to lead the postseason rotation that does not include a clear-cut No. 1 starter. Foltynewicz was sharp in his last start , allowing one hit and one run in five innings in a win over the Phillies.“We’ve wanted Folty to be the guy for a couple years now,” Snitker said. “To me right now he’s the guy who has established himself as a legit first guy. … He’s pitching right now with a lot of confidence.”Foltynewicz, 26, ranked sixth in the NL with 202 strikeouts.An Atlanta team led by first baseman Freddie Freeman and “Baby Braves” Ronald Acuna Jr. and Ozzie Albies is entering its first postseason since 2013.“It’s just part of the journey that we’ve been looking to go on,” Snitker said. “It’s a really fun time for all of the guys involved.”This will be the first postseason as a manager for Snitker, who has been with the Braves organization since 1977, when he was a minor league player.Snitker said he has leaned on the experience of former manager Bobby Cox, the Hall of Famer who still serves as a senior adviser. Snitker said Cox’s advice was “Keep it simple. Don’t try and make it something it’s not.”“I’m kind of excited to see what it is. I’ve managed a lot of games but this is a little different Brad Boxberger Jersey ,” he said. “… I don’t have any fingernails. If I had any hair, I lost it.” The Philadelphia Phillies and free-agent outfielder Bryce Harper are nearing an agreement on a contract, USA Today's Bob Nightengale reported Sunday.The Washington Post's Chelsea Janes reported in November the Washington Nationals had put a 10-year deal on the table that would approach $300 million. According to Nightengale, Harper "will ultimately receive more" from Philadelphia than Washington's last offer.MLB Network's Jon Heyman reported Harper has "multiple" offers that are worth more than $30 million per year, and while the Phillies are the favorites, there is an "evolving" market.Earlier Sunday Heyman reported that in addition to the Phillies, the Nationals, San Diego Padres, Chicago White Sox, San Francisco Giants and "multiple mystery teams" have yet to be informed a decision has been made.Although they finished 80-82 and ended up 10 games behind the National League East champion Atlanta Braves, the Phillies are seemingly on the verge of a breakthrough. Principal owner John Middleton said the team was prepared to spend big this offseason to supplement its young core."We're going into this expecting to spend money Daniel Descalso Jersey ," he said in November, per Nightengale. "And maybe even be a little bit stupid about it. We just prefer not to be completely stupid."While Middleton didn't explicitly reference Harper or fellow superstar Manny Machado, many expected Philadelphia to make a major push for one or both players. Machado visited with the Phillies in December, and Harper met a contingent from the team in January.The Phillies have already acquired J.T. Realmuto and Jean Segura and signed Andrew McCutchen, so they have been active this winter. General manager Matt Klentak made the case that failing to land Harper or Machado wouldn't represent a clear loss, per Philly.com's Matt Breen:"I'm really pleased with the fact that I believe that we've put our best foot forward with these guys so far. I'm really pleased with the rest of our offseason. That's why I really want to try to temper the notion that a failure to sign one of these big free agents renders this a bad offseason. We've had an objectively excellent offseason, in my opinion. That doesn't mean we're going to stop trying. We're going to keep pushing."Fans may beg to differ, especially given how long Harper and Machado remain unsigned.Negotiations between Harper and Philadelphia may still fall apart since nothing is finalized. But Nightengale's report is the firmest indicator yet that the six-time All-Star is close to finding a new team.

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