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The Daily Chop: Treading water

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One step forward and two back.

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Inconsistent is a good way to describe the Atlanta Braves over the first 26 games of the 2021 regular season. After winning three straight against the Chicago Cubs earlier this week, Atlanta has now dropped two straight after Friday’s blowout loss to the Blue Jays in Dunedin. Drew Smyly’s struggles continued as he allowed seven hits including three more home runs in just four innings. The bullpen wasn’t any better and neither was the offense.

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Atlanta announced a series of roster moves prior to Friday’s loss. Sean Newcomb was reinstated from the injured list and recalled Edgar Santana from the alternate site. The team also transferred Mike Soroka to the 60-day injured list and optioned Bryse Wilson and Johan Camargo to the alternate site.

MLB News

Nine MLB teams have had at least 85% of their players, coaches and front office members with Tier 1 access receive their final dose of the coronavirus vaccine. Teams that reach that threshold will be allowed to ease some of their health and safety protocols.

Prior to Friday’s game, the Blue Jays activated outfielder Teoscar Hernandez from the COVID-19 injured list and designated right-hander Tanner Roark for assignment.

The Arizona Diamondbacks will be without outfielder Kole Calhoun for the next six to eight weeks after surgery to remove a split hamstring tendon in his left leg. Calhoun suffered the injury on a stolen base attempt during Tuesday’s night’s game against the Padres.

Major League Baseball placed Hall of Fame second baseman Roberto Alomar on the ineligible list and terminated him as a consultant after an investigation into alleged sexual misconduct.

The Philadelphia Phillies placed Didi Gregorius on the COVID-19 injured list Friday.

Anibal Sanchez was scheduled to throw a four-inning bullpen Friday for interested teams. Sanchez is hoping to build up to the 100-pitch mark before he signs per The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal.