Filled with expected moves and a few surprises, many familiar faces are back with the big league club before the Braves weekend battles begin in Washington. Nick Markakis returns from his broken wrist injury after six weeks of healing. Touki Toussaint, Bryse Wilson and Kyle Wright are all returning to the majors for the stretch run.
The Braves also placed Johan Camargo on the IL with a shin fracture after fouling a ball off his knee in Philadelphia.
The return of Markakis is certainly a positive development. While it may be fair to debate how Brian Snitker will use him going forward, there is no doubt every member of the team will be glad to have him back and active. At the very least, he improves the quality of outfield options Snitker has at his disposal.
Toussaint, Wilson and Wright each have already made multiple appearances in the majors this year. It does not feel as if it is a stretch to say this trio as a whole has been a bit disappointing this year. However, if they can each get a few successful appearances before the end of the year against big league batters, it could be a needed boost of confidence heading into the offseason.
Camargo’s injury resulting in a fracture is an unfortunate occurrence. Since his return from the minors, though in a limited role, Camargo seemed to have turned the corner to again become a good source of production. While the extent of the injury and his recovery time will be determined in the near future, the injury may remove any chance Camargo had for a playoff roster spot. Hopefully, he will return to health quickly and seamlessly.