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NL East Notes: Kemp shape, Stanton return

The latest news from around the National League East.

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MLB: Atlanta Braves at St. Louis Cardinals Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

The Atlanta Braves acquired Matt Kemp at the trade deadline, and the team believes he still has some left in the tank. Even at age 31, general manager John Coppolella said that they view Kemp as a player with some upside.

Their major issue with Kemp? That he isn’t in shape. And the team has been very open and honest with their new outfielder about this issue, and they say that he cares and knows about the issue.

More from around the National League East:

  • When Giancarlo Stanton first went down with his Grade 3 groin strain, the Marlins said his season was over. Now, it seems that they aren’t ruling out a return, and their president of baseball operations Michael Hill made a bold claim about Stanton returning this season.
  • Lacking offense, the Mets are taking notice of what Michael Conforto is doing in Triple-A. Since being sent down, Conforto is 17-for-31 with two home runs and six RBI’s.
  • After a ball hit a girl during the Cardinals/Phillies game, infielder Freddy Galvis was very vocal on his opinion about extending protective netting.
  • Despite being acquired in a big trade, Mark Melancon doesn’t feel any pressure about being the closer for the Nationals.

Standings ‘as of writing’:

Washington 73-50 — GB

Miami 65-59 8.5 GB

NY Mets 62-62 11.5 GB

Philadelphia 58-67 16.0 GB

Atlanta 45-79 28.5 GB