This weekend went about as poorly as possible for the Braves. Not only did they lose four of five games, falling 6.5 games back in the division, but they also suffered a couple of injuries and Ian Anderson once again looked like a shell of the pitcher he has been over the last two seasons. Atlanta will need Anderson to bounce back if they want to repeat as champions, and they’ll also need Travis d’Arnaud to make a full recovery from the right leg injury he suffered when attempting to tag Pete Alonso on a bang-bang play at the plate.
The addition of Jake Odorizzi made it easier for the Braves to option Ian Anderson. He needs a few starts in Gwinnett to straighten things out, but that won’t happen for at least another week. The plan is to use him as the 27th man for next Saturday’s double-header against the Marlins. What happens next will depend a lot on how he looks against the Marlins, but he should spend at least a couple of weeks with the Stripers before he’s back with the major-league club.
Plan is for Ian Anderson to stay with the #Braves this week on taxi squad and start a doubleheader game Saturday at Miami, then report to Triple-A Gwinnett. Guillermo Heredia will also stay w/ team on taxi squad this week. Travis d’Arnaud (leg) should be ready for Marlins series.
— David O'Brien (@DOBrienATL) August 7, 2022
As you can see from the tweet above, the Braves are also hopeful for d’Arnaud’s recovery. Despite being in a walking boot on Sunday, X-rays were negative and he’s expected to rejoin the team next weekend against the Marlins.
It took 110 games for the Braves to suffer their first three-game losing streak of the season, and it couldn’t have happened at a worse time. With 52 games remaining, they are now seven games back of the Mets in the loss column. The road to climb back from that will be extremely difficult, but with seven games remaining against New York — all of which are at Truist Park — it’s not impossible.
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