A lot has happened since last we’ve covered Braves roster news. As many teams have found, this COVID situation is going to keep rosters fluid and the Braves are no different.
Braves Roster News: Scott Schebler
I mentioned on the podcast that Schebler could be a good target for a LH OF bat, but thought it was a no go after the Braves signed Matt Adams. Schebler has been added to the active roster, but likely not for long.
Braves Roster News: Tyler Flowers and Travis d’Arnaud Activated
While both Alex Jackson and William Contreras contributed in a positive fashion while d’Arnaud and Flowers were on the shelf, their time was short-lived as the veterans are back. It would seem that d’Arnaud will get the bulk playing time and Flowers will become the backup catcher that appears every 3-4 games.
Braves Outright Mike Foltynewicz, Sobotka YoYo’d
It’s not a surprise to many that the Braves didn’t find a trading partner for Mike Foltynewicz after he wasn’t able to break 90 with his fastball. He’s been outrighted to the Gwinnett camp to see if he can once again regain his fastball (and weight). Alongside the Folty news, Chad Sobotka was brought up to the MLB side for a few hours before being optioned back after Schebler came off the IL and was added to the active roster.
Nick Markakis Opts Back In
In a surprising move 3 weeks back, Markakis opted out of the 2020 season. In a more surprising “I didn’t know one could do that” move, Nick Markakis took his opt-out back and will return back to the club after a few workouts in Gwinnett. At this point, I think Markakis would be a welcomed addition to a team that has had a tendency to struggle against tough RHP.
Will Smith Close to Returning
Will Smith tested COVID positive prior to ST 2.0 and now he’s had a double negative and is back to throwing. That’s good for a bullpen that has already shown to be dominant in a small sample.
Alright crew, that does it. Let’s get this win.