Braves Place Albies, Adams On Injured Checklist; Markakis Activated
The Braves introduced this morning that they’ve positioned second baseman Ozzie Albies and first baseman Matt Adams on the 10-day injured record. Albies is coping with a bone contusion in his proper wrist, whereas Adams is hobbled by a hamstring pressure. In a pair of corresponding strikes, Atlanta reinstated outfielder Nick Markakis from the restricted record and recalled catcher Alex Jackson from their alternate coaching website.
Albies, 23, has gotten out to a sluggish begin this season, hitting at only a .159/.196/.273 clip by means of his first 46 plate appearances. That, and the truth that he batted left-handed towards a left-handed pitcher in final evening’s sport, look like clear proof that the problem has been hampering him of late. Jeff Schultz of The Athletic tweets that the Braves anticipate Albies’ wrist troubles to be a season-long subject; that’s to not say they anticipate him on the IL all yr, after all, however fairly that the problem seemingly gained’t absolutely heal till he can relaxation it within the offseason. For now, there’s no timetable on Albies’ return to the energetic roster. Charlie Culberson and Johan Camargo can deal with second base in his absence.
Adams strained his hamstring on the basepaths in final evening’s sport. He’s gotten out to a sluggish begin as properly, hitting simply .212/.234/.425 with a pair of dwelling runs. A type of lengthy balls got here towards a lefty, however the Braves have unsurprisingly restricted Adams to only three plate appearances towards southpaws. He’s, in spite of everything, a lifetime .211/.239/.381 hitter towards same-handed opponents.
As for Markakis, he’ll return in speedy vogue after an surprising about-face on his choice to choose out of the 2020 season. He’d beforehand cited the absence of followers and teammate Freddie Freeman’s struggles with Covid-19 signs in his choice to sit down the present season out. He solely simply returned to the membership every week in the past, so there’s seemingly some rust that’ll must be shaken off. Fortunately for the Braves, they’ve a comparatively deep outfield combine that options Marcell Ozuna, Ender Inciarte, Ronald Acuna Jr., Adam Duvall, Scott Schebler, the aforementioned Culberson and now Markakis. That’ll give supervisor Brian Snitker ample time to ease Markakis again into the fold as he ramps again up with the large league membership.
By recalling Jackson, the Braves give themselves not solely a 3rd catcher behind Travis d’Arnaud and Tyler Flowers, but in addition a possible backup at first base and within the outfield corners. Jackson opened the season because the membership’s catcher after each d’Arnaud and Flowers exhibited Covid-19 signs and went 2-for-7 with a double and 4 strikeouts. He was optioned again to the crew’s alternate website after d’Arnaud and Flowers in the end examined damaging.