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The Daily Chop: Reinforcements, Prospect Lists, Gerrit Cole, and more

The Braves have multiple talented players nearing their much-anticipated returns.

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The Braves made four necessary additions at the Trade Deadline, picking up outfielders Adam Duvall, Jorge Soler, and Eddie Rosario, along with reliever Richard Rodriguez. This addressed the two most pressing needs for Atlanta, but there are still multiple injured players, including Rosario, who should give the roster another boost in the coming weeks.

The return of catcher Travis d’Arnaud may have the greatest impact on the current roster for the Braves, as their current catching mix includes Kevan Smith. Adding d’Arnaud would theoretically lengthen the lineup for Atlanta, while allowing the club to move on from Smith. Rosario will fit into the outfield somehow, whether that means moving on from Guillermo Heredia or Abraham Almonte.

On the pitching side, Ian Anderson may be nearing a rehab assignment, as was reported on Sunday. His return would obviously strengthen the rotation during a critical stretch of the season. Huascar Ynoa is also progressing well and should be joining the Braves bullpen in short order, which will give Atlanta a power arm that can work multiple innings.

The Braves are certainly not at full strength, and will still be missing several key pieces once these four return, but having four players back at positions of need does inspire some hope that Atlanta can turn things around.

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