The Braves added two new faces to their 40-man roster before last night’s game — Jesse Chavez and Tanner Roark. The 37-year-old Chavez actually started what was a bullpen game, but he wasn’t very effective, surrendering two earned runs over just 2.1 innings. Roark didn’t make an appearance, but he was available. We’ll see how the Braves handle it this weekend, but because of all the injuries, both could end up seeing the mound again soon.
However, what we’re focusing on is how the Braves made room for Chavez and Roark on the 40-man. They either had to DFA two players or place two on the 60-day IL; they decided to do the latter, as both Tucker Davidson and Alex Jackson were moved from the 10-day to 60-day IL.
Lot of roster moves today. pic.twitter.com/A6zLVhQEij
— David O'Brien (@DOBrienATL) June 24, 2021
Jackson was unlikely to make an impact at the major-league level, but losing Davidson is another demoralizing blow to the rotation.
The 25-year-old southpaw had several promising starts before leaving his last outing in the third inning with forearm tightness. He was originally placed on the 10-day IL since no structural damage was found following an MRI, but it looks like the Braves will play it cautiously with one of their best pitching prospects. Hopefully, we get a better explanation about why they chose to go in this direction. Davidson could potentially return in August, but I have a tough time envisioning him pitching for the major-league club again this season.
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