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The Daily Chop: Ozzie Albies returns, Johan Camargo’s future and more

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The Atlanta Braves got a key piece of their lineup back Wednesday with the return of Ozzie Albies who had been on the injured list for more than a month. Albies didn’t waste any time making an impact launching a home run in Atlanta’s 11-run second inning Wednesday night. To make room on the roster, the Braves optioned Johan Camargo to the alternate training site. Camargo began the season in competition for the third base job with Austin Riley. While they both struggled initially, Riley has made strides of late. That never really materialized for Camargo who saw the bulk of playing time at second while Albies was out. Camargo is hitting just .200/.244/.367 with a 58 wRC+ and a -0.2 fWAR in 35 games.

With rosters holding at 28 for the remainder of the season and Atlanta’s pitching troubles, there is no clear path for a return to the major league roster for Camargo barring an unexpected injury. His struggles at the plate for the second straight season have to put his longterm future in question. Camargo will be arbitration eligible again this offseason. His defensive versatility has some value and the price tag shouldn’t be high but with rosters likely returning to 26 it is fair to wonder whether or not he fits into the team’s longterm plan.

More Braves News

The Atlanta Braves had a record-setting night Wednesday getting some revenge against the Miami Marlins in a 29-9 win at Truist Park. Adam Duvall hit three more homers in the game and finished with nine RBIs in the rout.

MLB.com’s Mark Bowman takes a look at the impact Freddie Freeman had off the field during the shutdown. Freeman is the Braves’ nominee for the annual Roberto Clemente Award.

FanGraphs writer Craig Edwards breaks down Atlanta’s rotation woes and projects what we might expect from the unit the rest of the season.

Also at MLB.com, Thomas Harrigan looks at the Braves’ offense which featured three players with a 1.000+ OPS in Ronald Acuña Jr., Freddie Freeman and Marcell Ozuna. There are 11 players with at least 100 plate appearances and a 1.000+ OPS. Atlanta has three of them.

FanGraphs’ Eric Longenhagen has notes on Drew Waters, Kyle Wright and Bryse Wilson in his latest prospect roundup for the NL East.

MLB News

Major League Baseball celebrated Roberto Clemente Day Wednesday by allowing all Puerto Rican players to wear Clemente’s No. 21. Nathalie Alonso put together a list of some of Clemente’s greatest moments over at MLB.com.

The Washington Nationals placed utilityman Howie Kendrick on the 10-day injured list Wednesday due to a left hamstring strain. The Braves will open a four-game set with Nationals on Thursday.

The New York Mets placed Robert Gsellman on the 10-day injured list due to a fractured rib and recalled right-hander Drew Smith.

Finally, Mike Rosenbaum takes a look at five rookies who are Statcast standouts including Marlins rookie Sixto Sanchez.