After undergoing Tommy John surgery for the second time in his career last year, Yates inked a two-year deal with the Braves earlier this offseason. He won’t be ready for the start of this season, but the Braves are hoping he can once again be the dominant reliever that he was back in 2019 whenever he is healthy enough to begin pitching again.
I would say there’s a decent chance we don’t see Yates at all in 2022; however, Anthopoulos is remaining optimistic, as he told reporters yesterday that he hopes Yates is ready around August sometime.
Anthopoulos says the team is hoping Kirby Yates will be back in August
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The Braves’ medical staff nailed the Yates situation last offseason. Atlanta was interested, but the medicals never checked out, so they ultimately ended up passing on him. Yates signed with the Blue Jays, where he never threw a pitch before he was shut down. Hopefully, the Braves are right on the money again this time, and we see him when it matters most down the stretch. Adding him along with Colin McHugh would give Atlanta one of the filthiest relief cores in all of baseball.
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