The Braves enjoyed an off-day on Monday, which allowed Alex Anthopoulos to sit down with Jeff Schultz of The Athletic for an interview. Most notably, the Atlanta GM provided updates on three key injured players: Mike Soroka, Huascar Ynoa, and Travis d’Arnaud. All are expected to return this season, with some optimism that all could available sometime in August. Also of note, Anthopoulos mentions that the club has space to add payroll at the deadline. Circumstances outside the control of the GM have left the Braves thin in the field, which could put them squarely in the market for an impact bat over the next six weeks. The pitching staff could use an upgrade as well, both in the rotation and the bullpen, which means the front office should be quite busy through July.
As noted above, the Braves could get back three key pieces in August.
In spite of their many struggles this season, the Braves have been well-represented in the early rounds of All-Star Game voting. Unfortunately, Austin Riley is currently lagging behind despite being very deserving of a spot at third base.
A fair question from Mark Bradley: How would you fix the Braves?
Freddy Tarnok had quite the week for the Rome Braves:
RP: Freddie Tarnok, Rome Braves (High-A)
1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 G, 4 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 8 SO, 0.25 WHIP
Slowed by a lat injury in Spring Training, Tarnok made his season debut in relief on Wednesday. He threw 34 of 58 pitches for strikes while whiffing eight batters and yielding just one walk in four nearly perfect frames.
The brightest of future stars.
An All-Star Game without Trout feels cheapened. Having the best player in sport out with injury really stings.
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