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The Daily Chop: Rotation plans, Cristian Pache update and more

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Drew Smyly is scheduled to start Wednesday’s game against the Nationals.

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Another rain out Sunday forced the Atlanta Braves to juggle their starting rotation again before opening a four-game series on Memorial Day against the Washington Nationals. Max Fried had been slated to start Saturday’s game before rain washed out Friday’s opener in New York. The Braves pushed him back to Sunday but that game was also washed out. Atlanta now has Fried penciled in for Tuesday’s start opting not to disrupt Charlie Morton, who will start Monday’s game on an additional day of rest.

Drew Smyly will follow Morton and Fried on Wednesday with Ian Anderson scheduled to start the series finale Thursday. The Braves would have needed a fifth starter on Tuesday or Wednesday but that will now be pushed back to Friday’s opener against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

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Brian Snitker discussed how the Braves are trying to stay sharp despite the rain outs, his left field shuffle and he also provided an update on outfielder Cristian Pache who was slated to begin a rehab assignment at Gwinnett, but had to be shut down for a few days.

It was a rough week for the Atlanta Braves and overall, the first two months of the 2021 season have been a disaster.

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This feels a little premature given that the CBA will expire this December, but MLB is planning on instituting a 13-pitcher limit for the 2022 season. That limit had been put in place in February of 2020 but was waived each of the past two seasons as part of the league and Players Association’s agreement on COVID-19 health and safety protocols.

Cubs righty Trevor Williams had an emergency appendectomy Sunday morning and is out indefinitely.

The Mets are expected to activate first baseman Pete Alonso from the injured list in time for Monday’s game. Outfielder Kevin Pillar is also expected back this week.

Nationals reliever Will Harris is scheduled to undergo surgery Friday for thoracic outlet syndrome. Harris is likely to miss the remainder of the 2021 season.

Giants right hander Kevin Gausman left Sunday’s start against the Dodgers after six innings due to tightness in his left hip. Manager Gabe Kapler told reporters after the game that Gausman had been dealing with hip soreness for a while and that he will undergo an MRI.

Phillies outfielder Roman Quinn suffered an Achilles’ tendon injury while running the bases Saturday. The team placed him on the 60-day injured list Sunday and he is expected to miss the remainder of the season.

The Toronto Blue Jays selected the contract of reliever Carl Edwards Jr. Sunday. Edwards had been with the Braves but elected free agency after he was designated for assignment following just one appearance. Edwards signed a minor league deal with the Blue Jays earlier this month and tossed four scoreless innings for Triple-A Buffalo before his promotion.