Braves: Eddie Rosario blasts grand slam for the Stripers

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Braves fans might be wondering if Eddie Rosario is a real dude. When he was acquired just before the deadline, he was suffering from an abdominal strain. The Braves knew he would be out for a few weeks, but they still took a chance on him, and why wouldn’t they? After all, it only took Pablo Sandoval to bring Rosario to Atlanta.

About a week ago, Rosario began a rehab stint with the Gwinnett Stripers. It hasn’t gone very well to this point; entering last night’s game, he had just one hit in 20 at-bats since returning from injury. However, he did provide the fireworks for Gwinnett on Wednesday, smacking his first home run as a member of the Braves organization, which was a grand slam.

That’s awesome to see, but it was his only hit of the night, and his average still sits at just .083 through seven games on the farm. However, stats are far from the most important thing when it comes to rehab assignments.

His comfortability and approach at the plate is what the Braves will monitor. Once that begins to appear normal, he’ll receive the call. Judging by how things are going, he probably needs at least a few more games in the minors before joining the Braves, and the front office should be in no hurry to rush him. The Braves have won 13 of their last 15 games, including six in a row, giving them a 3.5-game lead in the division. Eventually, they will need Rosario, but they can take things slowly with him, given the circumstances.

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