Coming into the season, Eddie Rosario had done nothing but rake in a Braves uniform. In the last 33 regular season games of 2021, he recorded a .903 OPS before, of course, becoming a postseason hero that nobody in the city will ever forget. However, 2022 didn’t start as smoothly.
In fact, Rosario began this season about as poorly as anyone I could remember. Through 15 games, he posted an almost unthinkable .068 batting average with just one extra-base hit and accumulated -1.2 WAR. It was evident that something wasn’t right, and after visiting with an eye doctor, it was determined that he would have laser eye surgery to repair blurred vision and swelling in his right eye.
In a way, it was sort of a relief. If nothing was wrong, and Rosario was still performing so abysmally, that would be even more worrisome for the Braves, who owe him $18 million over this season and next. However, the procedure was not a quick fix. Initial reports suggested Rosario would miss 2-3 months, but it looks like it could be even longer. He hasn’t played in a game since April 24th, and according to Mark Bowman, he’s still at least a few weeks from resuming baseball activities.
Eddie Rosario is riding a stationary bike and doing light exercises as he recovers from what is still being called just retinal swelling. He remains at least a few weeks away from any baseball activities. Seems like second half of July remains a good ETA.
— Mark Bowman (@mlbbowman) May 24, 2022
At this point, it doesn’t look like the Braves will be getting Rosario back until after the All-Star break. That’s concerning when you consider the current state of their outfield.
Adam Duvall has transformed into one of the worst hitters in the majors this season. Marcell Ozuna and William Contreras are hot right now, but who knows how long that will last. After those three, there are no inspiring options for Brian Snitker to turn to. Acquiring someone via trade while Rosario is on the IL would be ideal, but that’s much easier said than done this early in the season.
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