There was some speculation that entering Tuesday’s series opener against the Cincinnati Reds, that the Atlanta Braves would activate catcher Travis d’Arnaud from the injured list. While that didn’t happen Tuesday, it appears that Wednesday will be the day for d’Arnaud’s return barring any setbacks.
“He’s doing good, he’s healthy,” Brian Snitker said prior to Tuesday’s game. “He’s going to catch Ian tonight and then we’ll see how he is tomorrow.”
Snitker added that the team didn’t really have a firm plan for activating d’Arnaud and that it was more of a game-by-game thing depending on how he felt. He is scheduled to catch Ian Anderson’s rehab start Tuesday night which will be his seventh appearance at Gwinnett. Through the first six games rehab stint, d’Arnaud is 4-for-17 at the plate.
“If everything goes good today, I’ll be real surprised if he’s not back in the lineup tomorrow,” Snitker said. When he does return, it is going to further lengthen Atlanta’s lineup. “It’s going to make that lineup pretty deep that’s for sure,” Snitker added. “We are going to have a pretty good eighth place hitter.” It will be a welcomed addition as Braves’ catchers are dead last in the majors with a 44 wRC+ for the season.
The Braves did make a roster move Tuesday recalling reliever A.J. Minter from Gwinnett while designating Shane Greene for assignment.
“He’s thrown really well, I think he has had seven outtings and it’s been really good,” Snitker said of Minter. “The main thing with him was just kind of that proverbial reset button. Just give him a mental blow a little bit and he’s been throwing really good.
Minter made seven appearances at Gwinnett and didn’t allow a hit or a run. He struck out 10 and walked three over 7 1/3 innings. He has a 4.86 ERA in 33 1/3 innings for Atlanta but is carrying a 3.08 FIP. The Braves are hoping that the time to reset will serve Minter well down the stretch.
The Braves signed Shane Greene on May 9 and were hoping he provide a lift for the bullpen but he simply was never able to get on track. He allowed 22 hits and 16 runs in 17 innings and had saw his opportunities dwindle of late.
“Hopefully Greene can catch on with somebody and throw,” Snitker said. “It’s just been unfortunate here that there haven’t been innings for him. I think for his career, this is a good option for him to go somewhere else and hopefully get enough innings to get himself back going.”
Greene went unsigned this past offseason and attempted to workout on his own in order to be ready if an opportunity arose. However, Snitker thinks that the lack of a proper Spring Training ultimately was the cause of most of his struggles.
“You don’t realize how important Spring Training is until you don’t have it. It’s too long probably as everybody talks about, but I think the guys need every bit of it and it’s hard to jump in midstream because you just can’t replicate what they get out there on the mound.”