The Atlanta Braves cut their roster down to 28 players on Thursday and got a key piece back as reliever Will Smith was activated from the injured list. The Braves signed Smith to a three-year, $40 million deal this offseason but he was among the players who tested positive for COVID-19 during intake screening. Smith’s addition should strengthen a bullpen that has been impressive over the first 13 games.
Coming into Thursday’s game, Atlanta’s relievers had thrown more innings than the starting group while posting a 2.79 ERA (2.76 FIP) in 58 innings.
To trim the roster to 28 players, Atlanta optioned catcher Alex Jackson and reliever Chad Sobotka. The team also designated outfielder Scott Schebler for assignment.
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