Brian Snitker told reporters that Travis d’Arnuad is taking batting practice, a significant step toward a return. And the Braves have more good injury news on Michael Harris II, who is dealing with a back injury, as the reigning NL Rookie of the Year is taking fly balls and hitting.
Michael Harris II was taking flyballs in CF during BP. He's also started working in the cage, taking swings, soft toss, and hitting off the tee.
Harris has also been running. Said they've taken it slowly to ease him back into things. Hopes to ramp up more soon, take BP. #Braves
— Grant McAuley (@grantmcauley) April 21, 2023
The Braves look like the best team in the National League, and the eye test supports their hot start. What’s even scarier is that they haven’t been anywhere close to full strength.
Max Fried and Kyle Wright just joined the rotation, but there is still a bevy of key contributors on the injured list. Set-up man Collin McHugh and closer Raisel Iglesias still remain sidelined, while the lineup is missing three starters in Travis d’Arnaud, Orlando Arcia, and Michael Harris.
Once this team is at full strength, it will be scary hours for the rest of the league. Shockingly, Atlanta owns one of the best records in baseball while missing All-Stars all over the place. It’s a testament to Alex Anthopoulos’ efforts to build a complete team. It’s not just a 26-man roster; it takes 40 guys and sometimes even more.
The Braves have arguably the most well rounded roster in the MLB, and it looks like a club that could ascend 110 wins. Getting Michael Harris back soon is exciting.
Photographer: Rich von Biberstein/Icon Sportswire
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