On Saturday, before the Braves take the field for the second game of the 2021 season against the Phillies, the team made a roster move in response to infielder Ehire Adrianza being away from the team yesterday due to personal reasons.
The #Braves today recalled INF Johan Camargo to the active roster and placed INF Ehire Adrianza on the injured list.— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) April 3, 2021
Adrianza was away from the team yesterday for a personal reason. He must now go through COVID protocols before being activated. https://t.co/Mmc6UxU2UQ— Mark Bowman (@mlbbowman) April 3, 2021
Though the prospects of a full season and fans eventually returning to the stands in a somewhat normal capacity in the near future may make things feel like they once were, Major League Baseball is still logically being cautious when it comes to the impact of COVID-19. The current situation with the Washington Nationals shows how the pandemic still can have plenty of impact. As a result, when a player is away from a team, he must go through COVID-19 clearing protocols before being activated to play.
The result of Adrianza’s placement on the injured list is the return of Johan Camargo to the Majors. A torrid Spring Training from Adrianza, along with Camargo having minor league options remaining, likely played into Atlanta’s decision to choose Adrianza as a part of the Opening Day bench unit. In his lone at-bat Thursday, Adrianza grounded out.
Once Adrianza clears COVID-19 protocols, he will likely be activated and a corresponding move will be made. We will update this in the near future once the specifics are announced.