Braves: Cristian Pache and Sean Newcomb are also nearing a return

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The Braves received a lot of positive news on the injury front yesterday. Drew Smyly is scheduled to return to the team on Saturday and start against the Diamondbacks; Ronald Acuna could rejoin the lineup as early as tomorrow, and Max Fried is considered day-to-day. Hopefully, both of them will be on the roster by next week, and two other significant pieces could be joining them.

According to Mark Bowman, Sean Newcomb, who is off to a red-hot start out of the bullpen this year, is also considered day-to-day.

Expect him to be activated very soon, and rookie Cristian Pache has resumed all baseball activities. However, the plan isn’t to rush him back into the lineup, given how much he has struggled at the plate to begin the season. Bowman states that he will spend the next few days at the alternate site working on his swing.

Pache is obviously a critical piece to the Braves now and in the future. They are counting him to start producing now, but with that being said, he’s lost some confidence with the stick, and there is no reason to rush him back with the way Guillermo Heredia is playing at the moment.

It’s been a rough start for the Braves, both in the record book and with injuries, but the good thing is the rest of the NL East is floundering just as much. Atlanta sits just 1.5 games behind the Mets for first place, and they look to be getting closer to full strength.

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