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USA TODAY Sports Weekly - - NL EAST - News and notes by Danny Kno­bler

At­lanta Braves

The Braves added three of their top pitch­ing prospects — right-han­ders Touki Tous­saint, Bryse Wil­son and Kyle Wright — to the ros­ter for the Septem­ber stretch run. Tous­saint made his sec­ond ma­jor league start Sept. 3 against the Bos­ton Red Sox.

Tous­saint and Wil­son both started and won games for the Braves ear­lier this sea­son, while Wright, 22, split time be­tween Class AA (Pearl) Mis­sis­sippi and Class AAA Gwin­nett (Lawrenceville, Ge­or­gia). MLB.com ranks Wright as the Braves’ sec­ond-best prospect be­hind righthander Mike Soroka.

“We’re go­ing to use them how­ever we can use them to try to win a game,” man­ager Brian Snitker said.

❚ The Braves got right-han­der Shane Carle back from the dis­abled list, which could be im­por­tant down the stretch. Carle had a 3.11 ERA in 45 ap­pear­ances be­fore he was side­lined by shoul­der sore­ness.

Miami Mar­lins

When the sea­son be­gan, the Mar­lins hoped Lewis Brin­son would be the lo­cal kid who would help make people be­lieve their re­build­ing project will work.

Ac­quired in the Jan­uary trade that sent Chris­tian Yelich to the Mil­wau­kee Brew­ers, Brin­son be­gan the sea­son bat­ting lead­off and play­ing cen­ter field. He could end it the same way, af­ter a hor­ri­ble first half and then a sec­ond half spent mostly on the dis­abled list be­cause of a bone bruise on his right hip.

Brin­son re­joined the Mar­lins on Sept. 1, and man­ager Don Mattingly said he in­tends to play the 24-year-old reg­u­larly over the fi­nal month.

“We’re go­ing to get him right back in,” Mattingly said. “Our plan was to make sure we see him a lot this whole sea­son. We showed prob­a­bly more pa­tience with him than any­one else, and our sit­u­a­tion dic­tated it. We want to see what he can do.”

❚ The Mar­lins plan to use a six-man ro­ta­tion through the fi­nal weeks of the sea­son, even with rookie Pablo Lopez out for the sea­son be­cause of a right shoul­der strain.

New York Mets

Three years ago, David Wright came off the dis­abled list in late Au­gust af­ter a long stay and helped the Mets reach the World Se­ries. This Septem­ber, af­ter an even longer stay on the DL, the Mets cap­tain just wants to get in a game.

It wasn’t im­me­di­ately clear when that would hap­pen, even af­ter Wright flew to San Francisco to join the Mets last week. Wright, who played 12 games on a re­hab as­sign­ment, was ex­pected to work out with the team at least through at least this week and try to prove he de­serves a chance to con­tinue his ma­jor league ca­reer.

“The chal­lenge has been ac­cepted,” the 35-year-old third base­man said. “I’ve come way too far with the work to give it a ‘poor me’ now.”

Wright hasn’t played in a ma­jor league game since May 27, 2016, and he has played in just 75 reg­u­lar-sea­son games since the end of the 2014 sea­son.

❚ The Mets de­cided against giv­ing first base­man Peter Alonso a Septem­ber call-up de­spite a sea­son in which he had 35 home runs in 130 games through Sept. 1. Alonso doesn’t need to be pro­tected on the 40man ros­ter this win­ter, and the Mets said they wanted to give play­ing time at first base to Jay Bruce and Do­minic Smith.

Philadel­phia Phillies

By tak­ing ad­van­tage of an off day to make a slight change in their ro­ta­tion, the Phillies made sure Aaron Nola will make more home starts in Septem­ber.

That could be im­por­tant be­cause at the time they made the switch, Nola was 9-0 with a 1.94 ERA in 13 starts this sea­son at Ci­ti­zens Bank Park. How­ever, he then gave up four runs in 52⁄3 in­nings Sept. 2 in a home loss to the Chicago Cubs.

The switch also po­si­tioned Nola to start the first game of a se­ries against the Braves on the fi­nal week­end of the reg­u­lar sea­son. That could be im­por­tant if the Phillies and Braves are still bat­tling for the Na­tional League East ti­tle at that point.

Also, if the Phillies end up in the Oct. 2 Na­tional League wild­card game, Nola could be avail­able to pitch.

Wash­ing­ton Na­tion­als

Once the Na­tion­als de­cided to trade away Daniel Mur­phy and ba­si­cally ad­mit this sea­son would end as a huge dis­ap­point­ment, it was a given they would move other veter­ans and save money that could be used to re­bound from what could be their first los­ing sea­son since 2011.

The lat­est to go was left-han­der Gio Gon­za­lez, who was sent to the Mil­wau­kee Brew­ers.

Gon­za­lez came to Wash­ing­ton from the Oak­land Ath­let­ics in a De­cem­ber 2011 trade and played for teams that won four divi­sion ti­tles. His 213 starts for the Na­tion­als are the club record for the fran­chise’s time in Wash­ing­ton.

“D.C. gave me a home,” he said af­ter the trade. “D.C. will al­ways be in my heart.”

❚ Right af­ter Kelvin Her­rera un­der­went sea­son-end­ing surgery to re­pair a torn lig­a­ment in his left foot, his pre­de­ces­sor as the closer, Sean Doolit­tle, pitched in two sim­u­lated games and ap­peared to be on the verge of re­turn­ing from a stress re­ac­tion, also in his left foot.

“It’s mostly be­cause Nola is awe­some.” Gabe Kapler Phillies man­ager, ex­plain­ing why he changed his ro­ta­tion to start right-han­der Aaron Nola sooner

“Ev­ery­thing mat­ters, so I’m not say­ing that wasn’t a con­sid­er­a­tion,” man­ager Gabe Kapler said. “It was a con­sid­er­a­tion.” ❚ Right-han­der Sixto Sanchez, who be­gan the sea­son as the Phillies’ top prospect but pitched only eight mi­nor league games be­cause of a sore el­bow, is on the ini­tial ros­ter for the Scotts­dale Scor­pi­ons in the Ari­zona Fall League. Sanchez last pitched on June 3 for high Class A Clear­wa­ter (Florida).

D. ROSS CAMERON/AP

In­fielder David Wright flew to San Francisco last week­end to join the Mets in hopes that he’ll soon play in a ma­jor league game for the first time since May 27, 2016.

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