When the injury bug bit Atlanta over the previous few weeks, fans rightfully started to get a little on edge. But it has been nothing but positive news this week from Brian Snitker.
- Nick Markakis is looking ahead of schedule. There’s no telling how much pop he’ll have in his bat when he does return, but having a guy like him on the playoff roster cannot be quantified. Nick’s going to start his rehab fairly soon. We could see him at some point during September
- Dansby Swanson is starting at shortstop tonight for Rome, which is significant news because he’s going to be playing the field and testing that heel. Swanson will be re-evaluated after three games in Rome, and the team will decide at that point.
- No major updates on Ender Inciarte, but hopefully we can get him back soon. His 2nd half surge could be crucial to this team down the stretch.
- Austin Riley is also starting in Rome tonight. Perhaps some time in the minors with his rehab will help Austin build some confidence and create some momentum going forward.
- Lastly, the man who is no longer on the milk carton, Darren O’Day threw a scoreless inning for the GCL Braves. This is terrific; if O’Day can be the guy he’s been in the past for the Braves in October, we’ll be adding a real weapon late in the season to an area that’s been improved of late.
Even though the injuries piled up after the All-Star break, it’s good that the guys seem to be on the fast track to getting healthy just in time for the late-season push to the postseason. The key now is making sure these players aren’t rushed back because the substitutes have filled in just fine. We’ll see how things play out moving forward, but expect to see some of these guys re-join the team soon.