The Braves have been the hottest team in baseball and are close to welcoming back a bevy of arms. Since the beginning of June, the club has won 29 out of 38 contests and are welcoming back closer Kenley Jansen today.
The #Braves today reinstated RHP Kenley Jansen from the injured list and placed RHP Darren O’Day on the 15-day injured list, retroactive to July 12, with a strained left calf muscle.
— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) July 13, 2022
In a corresponding move, Darren O’Day comes down with the ole “mystery injury” and is headed to the 15-day IL. We will see how much longer he remains on the Braves roster, but it’s very possible he’s thrown his last pitch for the team this season.
Moreover, Mike Soroka and Kirby Yates are inching closer to a return, tossing bullpen sessions on Monday.
A couple Braves updates:
-Kenley Jansen is expected to be activated tomorrow
-Mike Soroka and Kirby Yates both threw bullpen sessions on Monday in Florida
— Justin Toscano (@JustinCToscano) July 12, 2022
The bullpen has been ravished by injuries this year, but it’s still been one of the best units in baseball. Getting Jansen back is huge, and adding Yates would just be icing on the cake.
The update on Soroka is excellent news because the Canadian recently suffered a setback after a comebacker struck him on the knee. Thankfully, it was only precautionary. Soroka has seemingly been dealt every bad hand imaginable yet continues to persist. He’s been battling back, but I wouldn’t expect a return any earlier than the middle of August.
Yates is on a similar timeline but was initially expected to come back around the All-Star break. The last time we saw him play a full season, he boasted a 1.19 ERA in 2019. If he could return to something close to that form, this will be far and away the best relief core in baseball.
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