The Braves finished up the spring slate on Tuesday with a win over the Red Sox. Among the most exciting developments for Atlanta were an RBI double from Cristian Pache, a three-run homer from Ozzie Albies, and 42⁄3 innings without allowing an earned run by Drew Smyly, but the biggest key was undoubtedly the return of Mike Soroka. The right hander fired two innings, allowing one run, but most importantly his stuff looked great and his leg appeared to be healthy. Getting Soroka back in the mix just as the season begins is a huge boon for a rotation that already looks deep and talented.
As noted above, the Braves saw their prized young right-hander make his return from the injured list, where he had remained for the entirety of camp.
The Braves signed future manager Jeff Mathis to a minor league deal on Tuesday, adding a veteran backup option that has proven his ability behind the plate for well over a decade.
Should Mathis report to Triple-A, he would be playing for newly-appointed Stripers manager Matt Tuiasosopo. The organization revealed all minor league coaching staffs on Tuesday.
Well, Steve, I hope he doesn’t.
Who are the MLB expert selections for awards this season?
Every NL East team other than the Marlins made the cut for this list.