Not everything in Braves-land in sunshine, gumdrops, and rainbows, even on Draft Day and as the Braves start a West Coast road trip to defend their place atop the NL East. Righty reliever Jose Ramirez has suffered a setback in his recovery from shoulder inflammation and will be reevaluated by team medical personnel in Atlanta rather than traveling with the team or embarking on a rehab assignment.
Dave O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution has more via the Twitter link below.
Ramirez has been on the DL since April 18. He was a mainstay in the 2017 Braves bullpen despite some horrid peripherals (3.19 ERA, 4.88 FIP, 5.00 xFIP) and started the 2018 season in rocky fashion, allowing nine hits and eight walks in just six and a third inning while collecting only seven strikeouts.
Shoulder injuries can be notoriously challenging for pitchers to bounce back from, and there is still no timetable for Ramirez’ return. For his sake, though, hopefully team doctors can identify the issue and put him on track for eventual recovery, whether that happens with the Braves or with another team down the line.
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