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The Daily Chop: Ronald Acuña Jr. hits first homer of spring, lack of roster cuts and more

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Acuña and outfield prospect Michael Harris both went deep on Thursday

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We are a little over three weeks away from the start of the 2021 MLB regular seasons and many clubs around the league including the Atlanta Braves have yet to make any roster cuts. That is largely a result of the lack of the minor league camps that normally occupy the backfields at spring training. So far at least, there has not been any incentive for teams to pair down their rosters as there isn’t really anywhere to send players yet. Teams were limited to 75 player rosters for the spring. Once Opening Day rosters are announced, teams will establish an alternate site while minor league players report to spring training complexes in preparation for the minor league season beginning in early May. \

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Ronald Acuña Jr. and Michael Harris both hit solo home runs to help the Braves to a 2-0 win over the Tampa Bay Rays Thursday. Kyle Wright tossed four scoreless innings in the victory.

Brian Snitker told reporters prior to Thursday’s game that Ender Inciarte is dealing with a sore thumb. Inciarte has been out of Atlanta’s lineup for about a week now and his absence has given Cristian Pache a leg up in the competition for the center field job.

MLB Pipeline runs down one prospect from each team with the best fastball with big lefty Kyle Muller getting the nod for Atlanta.

We will be taking part in another Locker Room chat for the Atlanta Braves this Saturday where we will be discussing how the Opening Day roster is shaping up. Click here to find out how you can join us.

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Major League Baseball announced several experimental rule changes for the minor leagues that range from meh to truly awful.

Yankees right-hander Luis Severino threw off a mound Tuesday which was the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery last February. Severino is scheduled to throw off flat ground on Thursday and is hoping to make a return to the major leagues later this summer.

The Yankees also announced that catcher Robinson Chirinos was diagnosed with a fractured right wrist. Chirinos was in camp on a minor league deal and the injury ends his pursuit of a spot on New York’s Opening Day roster.

Cleveland has informed outfielder Billy Hamilton that he will not make the team’s Opening Day roster. The organization is looking to help Hamilton, who was in camp on a minor league deal, latch on with another club.