The Braves made a couple of transactions on Saturday, adding two players to the 40-man roster — Josh Tomlin and Yonder Alonso.
The #Braves have selected the contracts of RHP Josh Tomlin and INF Yonder Alonso to the Major League roster.
— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) July 18, 2020
The addition of Josh Tomlin is far from a surprise. He was a critical piece to the Braves bullpen last year in long relief and has been superb in both Spring Trainings. There’s no doubt Tomlin has earned himself a spot on the Opening Day roster and was even in the conversation for the starting rotation, but Kyle Wright probably locked down that spot after his outing on Thursday.
Yonder Alonso’s addition is a bit more shocking. With Freddie returning yesterday, there isn’t a need for a backup first baseman. However, with Yasiel Puig testing positive for a coronavirus, they could use a left-handed bat. Alonso hit below the Mendoza Line last year but is just a couple years away from being an All-Star after hitting .266 with 28 homers. We’ll see if the Braves give him a shot on the 30-man roster.