Cristian Pache made his Major League debut for the Atlanta Braves earlier this week but his stay may be a short one. Pache was out fo the lineup for the second straight day on Sunday and despite a lot of angst on social media, this may have been the plan all along. MLB.com’s Mark Bowman pointed out Sunday that the Braves were not planning to promote Pache until Nick Markakis was forced onto the COVID-IL. That forced Atlanta’s hand as Pache was the only non-catcher position player on the 40-man roster.
I’m just looking for offense,” Snitker answered when asked about Pache being absent from the lineup. “You’ve got a guy like Matt Adams sitting at DH. That’s the basic reason. Pache is up here to help out late in the game defensively until Ronald gets back.
Ronald Acuña Jr. was slated to take batting practice with the team prior to Sunday’s game against the Phillies. If he reports no issues on Monday, then he may be activated in time for Tuesday’s series opener with the Yankees. Acuña’s return will likely mean that Pache is headed back to the alternate site at least for now.
One more thing to keep an eye on during Monday’s off day is the Braves’ pitching plans for Tuesday. They have yet to announce a starter and top pitching prospect Ian Anderson is lined up after throwing at the alternate site on Thursday. Snitker wasn’t ready to name a starter before Sunday’s game but said that Sunday night’s game wouldn’t influence the decision and that the team may announce on Monday.
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