For the first time since July 23, Dansby Swanson will be in the Braves’ starting lineup. After completing his weekend rehab stint with the Rome Braves, the admirably coiffed shortstop has been activated, and will hit sixth for this afternoon’s game against the Colorado Rockies.
What this means long-term for the construction of the big league squad remains to be seen, but even for as good as Adeiny Hechavarria has been in his short tenure, a healthy Dansby is the best case scenario for the Braves. Hech’s roster spot is safe for now, as Adam Duvall was optioned back to Gwinnett to make room for Swanson.
Dansby had settled nicely into the second slot in the lineup prior to his injury; with Ozzie Albies catching fire in that slot, Dansby will slot down into the sixth spot instead.
With the Rockies sending righty Tim Melville to the mound, lefties Matt Joyce and Rafael Ortega will get deployed in the corner outfield spots today. Francisco Cervelli will catch Julio Teheran.
This will be the fifth start of Melville’s career, and the first against the Braves. He leaned heavily on his slider against lefties in his most recent start against the Diamondbacks, so the inclusion of Joyce and Ortega could prove to be a dicey gamble for Brian Snitker and Friends, but Melville’s career numbers point to some ineffectiveness and inconsistencies.
Meanwhile, the Rockies will perform baseball activities in the following order:
The last place Rockies have fallen on hard times, and though I’m not the type to wish ill on any team who is not a division rival, I think we can all agree we don’t want them to turn things around until the Braves leave town.
First pitch is scheduled for 3:10pm ET.