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The Daily Chop: Another loss to Toronto, Soroka update, Martin return, and more

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William Contreras continues to impress in the absence of Travis d’Arnaud.

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The catching situation in Atlanta was dealt a serious blow with Travis d’Arnaud being placed on the 60-Day IL last week. The veteran has been a staple in the middle of the Braves lineup the past two seasons, and ordinarily catcher injuries create a major vacancy for the inflicted team. Atlanta appears, through the first ten days, appears to have some semblance of stability at the position despite the discouraging news with d’Arnaud. William Contreras has been solid, if unspectacular, but has managed to hit two homers and drive in seven runs in his limited opportunity. The Braves certainly will certainly miss d’Arnaud over the course of the season, but if Contreras can provide power and timely hitting as he has thus far, Atlanta can survive the absence of their veteran backstop.

Braves News

Blue Jays continue domination of Braves, win 4-1 behind strong start from Ryu

The Braves could manage only five hits, scoring one run in yet another loss to the Blue Jays.

Mike Soroka to undergo exploratory surgery on Achilles

This was really unpleasant news, as Soroka has now seen multiple setbacks in his recovery and the Braves could certainly benefit from his presence in the rotation. We may have to wait a bit longer for the return of “Maple Maddux”, who genuinely seems like one of the best guys in baseball. Get well soon.

Braves activate Chris Martin from injured list, option Bryse Wilson to Gwinnett

For a bullpen in dire need of right-handed pitchers, Chris Martin could be a huge addition.

Braves place Grant Dayton on injured list, recall Sean Newcomb

The Braves swapped out left-handers on Wednesday, with Grant Dayton heading to the IL and Sean Newcomb being recalled to Atlanta.

MLB News

Cole surpasses 1,500 K’s as Yanks blank TB

A major milestone for one of the best pitchers in baseball.

A slip, slide, wild ride in Crew’s win vs. Cards

I could watch the Cardinals lose in goofy ways for the rest of time.

Kelenic, Gilbert usher in new Mariners era

The Mariners are bringing a couple new horses to town.