The Atlanta Braves are getting a key piece of the lineup back in time for the stretch run. The Braves activated injured catcher Travis d’Arnaud from the 60-day injured list Wednesday. To make room on the active roster, the team designated catcher Kevan Smith for assignment.
The #Braves today returned C Travis d’Arnaud from his rehabilitation assignment and reinstated him from the injured list. To make room on the active roster, Atlanta designated C Kevan Smith for assignment.— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) August 11, 2021
D’Arnaud was injured on May 1 when he suffered a torn ligament in his thumb on a play at the plate against the Toronto Blue Jays. The injury required surgery but the Braves were hoping that it would not be season-ending. Like most of Atlanta’s lineup, d’Arnaud had gotten off to a slow start at the plate hitting just .220/.253/.341 over the first 23 games before he was injured. He hit .321/.386/.533 with nine home runs in 44 games in 2021.
With d’Arnaud out, the catcher position has been a revolving door for Atlanta. William Contreras got the first shot and performed well early before slumping and returning to Triple-A. Veterans Jeff Mathis and Jonathan Lucroy caught a combined five games. The Braves acquired Stephen Vogt from the Diamondbacks at the trade deadline and have paired him with Smith over the last few weeks. Smith though has never been able to get on track offensively hitting just .168/.248/.200 in 33 games and 106 plate appearances.
The Braves will continue a three-game series against the Cincinnati Reds tonight at Truist Park.