Braves make several roster moves, Hurston Waldrep to IL

Hurston Waldrep Braves

The Braves offense looked like the historic group they were a year ago over the weekend against the Rays, as Atlanta took two of three and finally made up some ground on the Phillies in the division. It was the kind of series we’ve all been anxiously awaiting for the better part of two months, and if it is a sign of things to come, the wins will start to come in bunches.

Following the series, the Braves made several roster moves. Most notably, Hurston Waldrep, who was roughed up again in his second MLB start yesterday, landed on the IL with elbow soreness. In a corresponding move, reliever Daysbel Hernandez is back in Atlanta.

Hopefully, the injury to Hurston Waldrep is more precautionary than anything. It’s evident he’s not quite ready to be a contributor at the major-league level right now, at least not as a starter. However, it’s possible he could make an impact as a reliever later in the season if necessary, and his development is extremely important to the future of this organization. Lord knows, this is a team that’s suffered from enough major injuries this season.

As you can see in the tweet above, the Braves also made an adjustment to their outfield, calling up Forrest Wall to replace J.P. Martinez.

Just like the final spot in the rotation, Alex Anthopoulos is also searching for some stability in the outfield. With Ronald Acuña Jr. out for the season and Michael Harris II joining him on the IL, guys like Martinez and Wall have an opportunity to get in games and make a significant impact. Martinez got the first crack, and now Wall will get his.

Wall is most known for his speed and defense, but he’s been tearing the cover off the ball in Gwinnett, hitting .287 with an .808 OPS. He’ll have a real shot to prove he should stay in Atlanta for good over the next couple of weeks, and how he performs could impact how the Braves approach the trade deadline.

Photo: David J. Griffin/Icon Sportswire


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