Jose Bautista is expected to play in Gwinnett’s doubleheader on Monday and then will be reevaluated but could join the Braves during their upcoming road trip. MLB.com’s Mark Bowman reports that all reports surrounding Bautista have been positive.
“The reports are really good -- defensively, offensively, how he’s playing the game, the shape he’s in,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said. “I think that’s what blows everybody away, the shape that he is in. He’s in good baseball shape. It’s just a matter of timing and getting him to Triple-A to see a little better pitching.”
The Braves had their series finale with the Mets rained out on Sunday. The game will be made up as part of a day/night doubleheader on May 28.
Up next for Atlanta is a 10-game, four city road trip beginning in Cincinnati on Monday. The Reds currently hold the worst record in the major leagues and as Fox Sports’ Zach Dillard writes, this road trip is an opportunity for the Braves to build on their surprising start.
Approach with guarded optimism if you will, but if the last 20 games -- a stretch in which the Braves were one of only three teams to not play a team below .500 -- have been about establishing an identity, the next 19 will be an opportunity to solidify it.
The Braves face the two worst teams in the NL with four each vs. the Reds (.143 winning percentage) and Marlins (.238), two more sub-.500 teams in the Rays (.381) and Giants (.429) and the Phillies (4-2 vs. Atlanta) and the Mets again.
Speaking of Zach, he was this week’s co-host on the Talking Chop Podcast. He and Brad Rowland discuss Atlanta’s surprising start, Jose Bautista and Zach’s thoughts on Ronald Acuña.
The Nationals placed third baseman Anthony Rendon on the 10-day disabled list on Sunday due to a toe contusion.
It took Angels pitcher Jaime Barria 21 pitches to retire Brandon Belt on Sunday which tied the modern MLB record. Belt fouled off 16 pitches in the at bat before flying out.