One of the more fun stories from spring training this year was the emergence of Ehire Adrianza as the utility infielder version of Babe Ruth. No, that performance was not and is not sustainable, but the guy played extremely well and seemingly won a bench spot over perennial bench player Johan Camargo who had been expected to handle the utility infield duties going into camp.
However, on the eve of the season, Adrianza had to leave the team to take his citizenship test and due to the league’s COVID-19 protocols, that meant that he would have to go back through the screening process before he could take the field....hence the return of Camargo to the bench.
There was a bit of debate over how long Adrianza was going to be gone from the team, but it looks like he is back and ready to go.
The #Braves today reinstated INF Ehire Adrianza from the restricted list and optioned INF Johan Camargo to the alternate training site.— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) April 9, 2021
For Adrianza, this means that there were no issues with COVID exposure and hopefully the short layoff didn’t impart any rust. Given the short bench the Braves have been operating with, they will need him to be productive.
As for Camargo, this is a continuation of the sad fall that he has had with the Braves. He isn’t that far removed from a breakout performance in 2018, but the last couple of season have not been as kind and his performance as the team’s backup shortstop when Dansby got hurt was so worrrying that the team actually went and signed Adeiny Hechavarria instead of give him more reps there. We may see Camargo again this season, but it is clear that he isn’t in the team’s future plans as of now.