Injuries and misfortune have killed both the Mets and Braves this season. Unfortunately, only one has dealt with it well, and it’s not the Braves. Atlanta now sits five games back of New York and will need all hands on deck if they want to make a run in the second half of the season. That won’t happen soon, but there’s still optimism that a couple of critical additions could come as early as August.
According to Brian Snitker, via David O’Brien of The Athletic, Travis d’Arnaud is in a removable cast and has begun throwing and hitting off a tee. The Braves still believe he’s “right on track” to return in August. Snitker also provided an injury update on Huascar Ynoa, who broke his hand back in May after punching the dugout. He’s started playing catch and long tossing, but there is still no timetable for his return.
Snitker on d'Arnaud: “He’s in a removable cast, so he’s throwing, he’s hitting one-handed (off tee). He’s right on track."
Braves hope to have him back at some point in August.
Ynoa's been playing catch and long tossing. No timetable, though sometime in August has been mentioned
— David O'Brien (@DOBrienATL) June 23, 2021
Hopefully, those two continue to progress without any setbacks, but they are still well over a month from returning to the active roster. The Braves are also optimistic that Soroka can return around that time. If all three can make it back, Atlanta will have an infinitely better roster than they do right now; however, that won’t matter if the current group can’t keep them within arm’s length of the division lead.