ATLANTA -- Coming off a 96-win campaign that netted them their first division title in eight years, the Braves approached the 2014 season with genuine optimism. But by the time Opening Day arrived, there were already signs that this could be a year marred by disappointment.
When Kris Medlen and Brandon Beachy sustained season-ending right elbow injuries approximately 24 hours apart in March, the Braves dealt with the first two of many setbacks they would encounter during perhaps the organization's most frustrating season in more than two decades.
Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.