The Braves suffered some injury scares during the final week of the season, but it appears they are all ready to go as the postseason begins Wednesday.
According to Brian Snitker, leadoff hitter extraordinaire Ronald Acuna Jr. is feeling good after being scratched in the regular season finale with wrist irritation.
Snit on Acuña: "He's feeling good, he's fine. He didn't have anything that would prohibit him from hitting leadoff tomorrow" #Braves— 680 The Fan (@680TheFan) September 29, 2020
Austin Riley, who missed some time during the final week with a sore quad, is not 100 percent, but it seems he will be in the lineup Wednesday as well. The Braves really felt Riley’s absence defensively during the last few games.
Snit on Austin Riley: "he's been hitting every day. I dont know that he will be 100 percent when we start the games tomorrow but he will be good to go" #Braves— 680 The Fan (@680TheFan) September 29, 2020
The Braves appear to have avoided a real blow to their revamped bullpen as Chris Martin, who abruptly left Sunday’s season finale with a groin injury, will be ready to go for the Wild Card round against Cincinnati, according to manager Brian Snitker.
“He’s going to be ready to go tomorrow,” Snitker said, via 680 the fan. “I think when he came in yesterday, he was surprised at how good he felt. I’m glad he said something, if he had stayed out there it might have been something really bad.”
This is, obviously, terrific news for the Braves, who will likely lean on Martin in a late-inning role for however long the playoffs go. Since joining the Braves in July 2019, Martin has pitched to the tune of a 2.52 ERA, 2.00 FIP, 10.6 K/9 and 1.01 BB/9.
Game One begins at Noon ET on Wednesday.