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The Daily Chop: Comeback win, Ronald Acuña Jr. day-to-day and more

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The Braves scored a huge win Saturday night.

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It has largely been a disappointing season so far for the Atlanta Braves and they appeared to be on their way to one of the toughest losses of the season Saturday night. However, they never quit after falling behind 7-4 in the 12th inning and came all the way back to score an 8-7 win. William Contreras tied the game with a bases loaded double and then Ehire Adrianza walked it off two batters later.

It was Atlanta’s first win in extra innings of the season. It was just one victory, but you have to wonder if this could be the kind of win that could get them going.

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The Braves appear to have avoided disaster when Ronald Acuña Jr. left the game after he was hit in the hand by a pitch from Sam Coonrod. Acuña was clearly in a lot of pain when he exited but X-Rays came back negative and he is considered day-to-day.

Kris Bryant is enjoying a return to form so far in 2021 and is in the final year of his contract before becoming a free agent. MLB.com’s Anthony Castrovince put together a list 13 potential landing spots which includes the Atlanta Braves.

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The Pittsburgh Pirates placed outfielder Gregory Polanco on the COVID injury list Tuesday and that was reportedly a result of a violation of health and safety protocols. Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that Polanco utilized a training service that was outside of the Pirates’ bubble.

The Toronto Blue Jays are expected to promote right-handed prospect Nate Pearson in time to make Sunday’s start. Pearson made his Major League debut in 2020 but struggled over 18 innings while battling injury. Sunday’s game will be his 2021 season debut after he suffered a groin strain during spring training.

Padres reliever Keone Kela is headed back to the 10-day injured list due to a forearm strain. Kela had previously been on the injured list due to shoulder inflammation and had just returned. He was removed after facing just one batter in Friday’s 5-4 loss to the Giants.

The Texas Rangers activated Khris Davis from the injured list and he is expected to make his first start on Sunday. The Rangers acquired Davis from the Oakland A’s this offseason in exchange for shortstop Elvis Andrus. Davis had been sidelined due to a quad strain that he suffered during Spring Training.

The Giants placed right-hander Aaron Sanchez on the 10-day injured list due to right biceps tightness. Sanchez has pitched well this season posting a 3.18 ERA in 28 1/3 innings.

Catcher Yadier Molina was activated from the injured list Saturday. He had been out injured with a strained tendon in his right foot since April 27.