A substantial piece of the Braves that has been missing for quite some time is set to return to Atlanta tomorrow. As first reported by Bill Shanks, Travis d’Arnaud will re-join the Braves on Wednesday after he catches a game tonight in Gwinnett.
Atlanta #Braves catcher Travis d'Arnaud will return to the team tomorrow.
— BillShanks (@BillShanks) August 10, 2021
I’m sure part of the reason the Braves are fine with keeping d’Arnaud down in the minors for one more game is that he is scheduled to catch Ian Anderson tonight, who is also rehabbing in an attempt to return to Atlanta.
d’Arnaud will catch Ian Anderson in Gwinnett today and then be activated tomorrow.
— Mark Bowman (@mlbbowman) August 10, 2021
After winning a Silver Slugger in his first season with the Braves last year, a slow start and a torn ligament in his thumb have prevented him from contributing much in 2021. However, a healthy d’Arnaud is one of the best offensive catchers in the game, and it doesn’t take much to be a massive upgrade over who the Braves are currently trotting out behind the plate. Stephen Vogt and Kevan Smith have provided next to nothing with the stick, and one of them — presumably Kevan Smith — should be DFA’d once d’Arnaud is called back up.
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