Mark Bowman of MLB.com is reporting that third baseman Jose Bautista is expected to join the club at home tonight after playing several games in the minor leagues with high A Florida and AAA Gwinnett.
Jose Bautista is expected to join the Braves' lineup tonight. Bautista went 6-for-15 with a double and a homer over the past four games with Gwinnett.— Mark Bowman (@mlbbowman) May 4, 2018
Bautista has really been heating up lately and will join the big league squad just in time for their series with the San Francisco Giants. Bautista is a former home run champ and overall has hit 331 of them in his career giving the Braves another power boost in the lineup.
At 37-years-old Bautista now becomes the elder statesman of the position players and second oldest on the team overall to Peter Moylan who is 39.
Bautista did not have a fantastic 2017 as he hit .203/.308/.366 and had a wRC+ of just 80 but the Braves are going to see what he has left in the tank at a new position and in a new venue. Stay tuned for more updates.