Atlanta Braves News
The Braves hoped tot have Dansby Swanson back on the active roster on Saturday but lingering soreness in his heel will push his return off a few more days. It is likely now that Swanson will need a brief Minor League rehab stint before returning.
Ronald Acuña Jr. is in striking distance of the rare 40-40 club. He is currently sitting on 26 home runs and 25 stolen bases. It has been 13 years since Alfonso Soriano recorded the last 40-40 season. There have only been four such seasons in Major League history with Soriano, Alex Rodriguez, Barry Bonds and Jose Canseco all reaching the mark.
Atlanta’s new look bullpen came in 9th out of 15 contending teams in Mike Petriello’s post trade deadline ranking.
The Braves will begin a three-game series in Minnesota on Monday and won’t have to contend with Byron Buxton or Michael Pineda during the series. Both were placed on the injured list Saturday. Buxton is out with a left shoulder subluxation which he sustained in a collision with the outfield wall in Miami on Thursday. Pineda will be out at least 10 days with a right triceps strain.
Injured Indians starter Corey Kluber completed a two inning simulated game on Saturday and is hopeful that he can begin a rehab assignment soon. Kluber hasn’t pitched in a game since May 1 when he was struck by a line drive that resulted in a fractured right forearm.
The New York Yankees continue to fight the injury bug as Edwin Encarnacion has waned on the injured list due to a right wrist fracture. Encarnacion was hit by a pitch in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader against the Red Sox. Initial X-rays came back negative but a CT scan revealed the fracture.
Former Braves reliever Brad Brach was designated for assignment by the Cubs on Saturday to make room for Cole Hamels’ return to the active roster. Brach signed a 4.35 million deal with Chicago this past offseason but has a 6.13 ERA over 42 games this season.