The injury bug bit the Atlanta Braves hard this week and while Ozzie Albies may be getting close to a return, Max Fried and Chris Martin still may be a little ways away. Albies remained out of the lineup for Sunday’s series finale against the Cubs but Brian Snitker is hoping that he will be ready to return for Tuesday’s series opener in New York. Albies was hit in the calf by a pitch in Friday’s win over the Cubs.
Snitker and the Braves remain hopeful that Fried will be able to return for his next scheduled start but he was still feeling soreness on Sunday. The team will play it safe with Fried and won’t need to add another starter to the rotation before April 27 thanks to a couple of off days this week.
Chris Martin has been inactive for the last two weeks due to shoulder inflammation. Snitker said that he wasn’t sure when Martin would be cleared to begin throwing exercises.
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Ronald Acuña Jr. left Sunday’s game due to what was termed as pain in his lower abdominal muscles. Acuña appeared to have suffered the injury while diving back into first base on a pick off attempt. He would come around to score on a sacrifice fly by Travis d’Arnaud but exited the game afterwards.
The Braves homered four times in the first inning for the first time since 2003 and secured a series win with a blowout victory over the Chicago Cubs.
Major League Baseball has postponed Monday’s scheduled matchup between the Minnesota Twins and the Oakland A’s to allow for further testing and contact tracing for COVID-19 for the Twins organization. A doubleheader is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday.
Cleveland starter Shane Bieber continued his historic start by striking out 13 in a win over the Reds Sunday. Bieber is the first pitcher in Major League history to begin the season with four straight starts of at least 10 strikeouts.
The White Sox placed Lance Lynn on the 10-day injured list Sunday with a strained right trapezius. Lynn is off to an excellent start this season allowing two earned runs over his first 19 2/3 innings.
Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg was placed on the 10-day injured list due to right shoulder inflammation Sunday. There is currently no timetable for Strasburg’s return.
The Dodgers placed second baseman Gavin Lux on the 10-day injured list due to right wrist soreness.
The Diamondbacks designated former Braves reliever Anthony Swarzak for assignment Sunday and recalled right-hander J.B. Bukauskas. Swarzak struggled this season allowing five runs and seven hits over 4 2/3 innings.
Veteran Jay Bruce announced his retirement Sunday. Bruce is a 14-year veteran who is a three-time All-Star and a two-time Silver Slugger Award winner.