The Braves were dealt a significant blow on Monday as starter Huascar Ynoa was placed on the injured list with a fractured right hand. The 22-year-old was hit hard by Milwaukee on Sunday, and promptly punched the team bench upon leaving the game. This broke his hand and subsequently landed him on the 10-day injured list, although that time frame seems more a formality than function. This fluke injury continues a string of bad luck for the Braves that started in 1996. Maybe we shouldn’t go back that far, but this season has certainly been a tough watch and you get the point. Very few things are encouraging in Atlanta right now.
Max Fried left the game having pitched six shutout innings, but with a man on second. His left hand was cramping, which capped off quite a day of unwanted news on the pitching front. The Atlanta bullpen allowed that run to score, plus two more in route to a 3-1 loss. Austin Riley homered and others threatened, but no dice for the offense.
Another tough blow for the Braves as Mike Soroka underwent another surgery on his Achilles. Nothing is definitive at this point, but speculation has been that the right-hander could miss the remainder of the season.
Benches are surprisingly unforgiving when you punch them.
Jesse Biddle is no longer a member of the Atlanta bullpen. He was designated for assignment on Monday, making room for Tucker Davidson to join the club.
The Braves also recalled Johan Camargo, who gets the call to replace Ender Inciarte while the latter is away from the team on paternity leave.
Can Pujols make an impact for the Dodgers?
I really want Stanton to be healthy again, but he is essentially a permanent resident on the IL at this point.