The damage that landed Travis d’Arnaud on the 10-day injured record yesterday seems a lot worse than initially anticipated. Per David O’Brien of the Athletic (via Twitter), additional testing stays on the docket, however the Braves know sufficient to maneuver d’Arnaud to the 60-day injured record immediately, per the team. As well as, Alex Jackson, who changed d’Arnaud in yesterday’s recreation, has additionally landed on the injured record with a strained left hamstring.
Similar to that, the Braves have undergone an entire line change on the catching place. Together with William Contreras, the Braves chosen the contract of Jeff Mathis. The veteran defensive specialist joined Atlanta on a minor league contract on the finish of March. It isn’t hyperbole to label the 38-year-old Mathis a defensive savant behind the plate. His defensive wizardry has propped up a 16-year profession regardless of a paltry .194/.253/.300 batting line throughout 3,006 plate appearances.
Curiously, the Braves even have Tyler Flowers lurking inside the group. Flowers took on a strategic position with the Braves this season serving to to combine analytics into in-game preparation for the Braves’ catchers. Whereas it’s largely assumed that the 35-year-old’s taking part in profession is finished, each Flowers and the Braves left open the chance that he may return to lively obligation this season. Actually, the ranks are thinning in Atlanta, and speculatively talking, they have to be contemplating whether or not it is perhaps time to offer severe consideration to a Flowers return.
For now, nonetheless, it appears Contreras will get the majority of the taking part in time in Atlanta. The 22-year-old went 4-for-10 in a cup-of-coffee final season. Fangraphs had him because the sixth-ranked prospect in Atlanta’s system previous to this season. He’s the youthful brother of Cubs’ standout Willson Contreras.