The Braves shake up the roster ahead of a critical homestand

Drew Lugbauer

Before their game on Monday, the Braves were forced to make a roster move, adding one position player and removing a pitcher. They chose to call up infielder Mike Ford and send Jesus Cruz back to Gwinnett.

Because of the shortened Spring Training and limited off days, teams were allowed to carry an extra pitcher for the first few months of the season. That’s no longer the case, which is why the Braves were forced to make this transaction.

Ford is a 29-year-old first baseman that has spent time in the majors this season with the Giants and Mariners. Before that, he played the last three seasons with the Yankees organization. He has some pop in his bat from the left side and is willing to take his walks, but in 318 career plate appearances, Ford has only hit .197.

The Braves have a critical homestand coming up against the NL West, as they host the Giants and Dodgers. The schedule begins to toughen up as we approach the All-Star break, and this should serve as a wonderful test for the reigning World Series champs.


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