The Atlanta Braves recalled Shane Greene from Gwinnett prior to Sunday’s game. He was warming up in the eighth inning but didn’t get into Sunday’s win over the Dodgers. The hope is that he will be able to help solidify a bullpen that has performed well of late, but has overall been a question mark. Greene spoke with reporters prior to Sunday’s game and sounded as if he was ready for the challenge.
“I’ve never been this ready in my whole life,” Greene answered when asked how he was feeling. “Offseason was longer than ever, and I’m as ready as I could ever be.”
It was a long and hard offseason for Greene who entered free agency hoping to lock down a new deal but went unsigned until agreeing with Atlanta in early May. He said that he never took his eye off returning to the Braves.
“When the season ended last year for us obviously, I felt like we have some unfinished business. Being a Brave was definitely at the top of my priority list, but it’s a savage business out there,” Greene said. “I’m just happy to be a baseball player. We could get really deep into the logistics of the business of baseball, but I don’t think that right now is the best time.”
Greene is excited to get back with a group that he is familiar with and said that he never lost touch with the other members of Atlanta’s bullpen.
“I’ve been in touch with the boys even when I was sitting at home the first month,” Greene said. “I have a lot of friends on this team. So there were still text message conversations going on. I’m still rooting for the guys. So I’m happy to be back and get it rolling.”
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Max Fried outdueled Trevor Bauer leading the Atlanta Braves to a 4-2 win over the Dodgers Sunday. Atlanta won the final two games of the series defeating Bauer and Clayton Kershaw. The Braves are hoping that this weekend’s series win could be the turning point for their season.
Giants third baseman Evan Longoria suffered a sprained left shoulder in Saturday’s game when he collided with shortstop Brandon Crawford while both were trying to field a grounder. Longoria was placed on the injured list Sunday and is expected to miss between four to six weeks with the injury.
The Baltimore Orioles placed left-hander John Means on the injured list Sunday with a strained left shoulder. An MRI exam showed no structural damage and he will be shut down for the next seven to 10 days before being reevaluated.
White Sox manager Tony La Russa moved into second place on the MLB’s all-time list for manager wins with his 2,764th career victory Sunday when the White Sox defeated the Tigers 3-0. La Russa trails Connie Mack who has 3,731 career wins.
The Detroit Tigers designated outfielder JaCoby Jones for assignment Sunday and also placed right-hander Michael Fulmer on the 10-day injured list with a strained shoulder. Jones was hitting just .170/.210/.250 in 105 plate appearances this season.
The Houston Astros will be without utility player Aledmys Diaz for approximately six to eight weeks after suffering a fractured left hand in Saturday’s loss to the Blue Jays. Diaz was hit on the hand by a pitch in the second inning thrown by Toronto’s Ross Stripling.
The Pittsburgh Pirates placed right-hander Mitch Keller on the COVID-19 injured list and activated first baseman Colin Moran. The team is hoping that Keller will be able to make his next scheduled start against the Dodgers on Thursday.