The Braves swept their doubleheader today against the Tigers, salvaging a series win. However, while the games were going on, a lot of thoughts were with Jesse Chavez.
The 39-year-old, who is amid a career year, suffered a scary moment in Game 1, where he was carried off the field after being struck in the leg with a line drive. After the game, it was revealed the initial X-Rays were negative, but he was also set to undergo more tests during the second half of the doubleheader.
Thankfully, those tests also came back negative. The Braves are ruling him day-to-day, and Chavez even spoke to the media following Game 2, saying his first thought after he was hit in the shin was to go field the ball.
Chavez is the ultimate professional. He’s bounced around the league over his 16-year career, but he’s found a permanent home to end his career in Atlanta. I’m not sure what happens when he puts on another uniform, but when there is a Braves logo across his chest, he’s one of the best relievers in baseball. Chavez is deserving of his first All-Star appearance, and hopefully, he gets the nod in a few weeks.
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