Braves: Jesse Chavez nearing return, and there’s a reason why it’s been so long

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If you’re looking for positive injury news surrounding the Braves, a boatload of it just dropped today. As I just wrote about, Kyle Wright‘s rehab assignment is scheduled to begin on Thursday in Rome. On top of that, Jesse Chavez also threw a live batting practice. He’ll throw another, and if that goes well, he could also begin his rehab assignment very soon.

Another interesting note about Chavez’s injury from Justin Toscano of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, apparently, a second MRI revealed a micro-fracture in his shin, which is why the healing process has taken so long. Initially, Chavez’s X-Rays came back negative, and it was thought that he would be able to avoid an IL stint.

Before the injury, Chavez was having a career year at age 39. Over 29 appearances, he recorded a 1.51 ERA with a career-high 11.4 K/9. Had he stayed healthy, he likely would have made his first All-Star Game, but I don’t think he’ll be thinking about that too much as the Braves head to the postseason. Hopefully, Chavez can return and look like the same pitcher he was pre-injury, because he was such a weapon for Brian Snitker, and it would be the perfect way to cap off his lengthy career.

Photo: Jeff Robinson/Icon Sportswire

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