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The Daily Chop: William Contreras time, Travis d’Arnaud headed for surgery and more

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We feared the worst when Travis d’Arnaud left Saturday’s game with a thumb injury and those fears were confirmed Sunday when it was revealed that d’Arnaud suffered a torn ligament and will have surgery in the next couple of days. The hope is currently that he will be able to return at some point this season.

Atlanta placed d’Arnaud on the 60-day injured list Sunday morning and recalled catching prospect William Contreras. The team also placed back up Alex Jackson on the 10-day injured list due to a strained hamstring and selected the contract of veteran catcher Jeff Mathis. So in less than 24 hours, the Braves were forced to replace their entire catching unit.

Contreras had been expected to begin the season at Gwinnett but will now likely see the bulk of playing time at the major league level. Most outlets have Contreras rated as Atlanta’s top catching prospect but he has just 60 games and 209 plate appearances at Double A so there still could be some growing pains.

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The Braves’ struggles continued Sunday with a 7-2 loss to the Blue Jays in Dunedin. Atlanta was swept in the series and has now lost four straight games. They will continue their road trip on Tuesday when they will open a three game set against the Washington Nationals.

MLB News

Free agent reliever Shane Greene is having talks with multiple teams according to a report by MLB Network’s Jon Heyman. The report doesn’t disclose which teams might be interest in Greene.

Major League Baseball suspended Phillies reliever Jose Alvarado three games for his actions that led to the benches clearing in a game against the Mets earlier this week. No punches were thrown during the scuffle and Alvarado is appealing the suspension.

The Los Angeles Dodgers placed right-hander Dustin May on the 10-day injured list Sunday with what is being called a “right arm injury.” May exited Saturday’s game against the Brewers in the second inning. The team selected the contract of lefty Mike Kickham and transferred Corey Knebel to the 60-day injured list to fill May’s spot on the roster.

White Sox outfielder Luis Robert had to be helped off the field after suffering a right hip flexor strain in the first inning while running out an infield single. X-rays came back negative and Robert will be re-evaluated Monday.

A’s lefty Jesus Luzardo was placed on the 10-day injured list due to a fractured left pinkie. Luzardo suffered the injury prior to the game when he bumped his hand on a desk while playing a video game.

Ian Happ was involved in a scary collision with second baseman Nico Horner while chasing a fly ball during Sunday’s game against the Reds. Happ hit a game-tying home run before he was involved in the collision and had to be carted off the field.