Jesse Chavez was amid a career year before he took a comebacker off the shin, resulting in a 15-day injured list stint initially. However, the Braves eventually moved him to the 60-day IL.
That was June 15, disclosed as a shin contusion, making him eligible to rejoin the club around mid-August — right now. Still, we haven’t had many updates on the veteran. We did, however, get a video of him throwing off the mound before the series finale against the Yankees.
Jesse Chavez sighting👀 pic.twitter.com/zNB634sdrT
— Bally Sports: Braves (@BravesOnBally) August 16, 2023
It’s an unfortunate hand to be dealt for such a likable human. Jesse Chavez’s career deserves to be studied by our country’s top scientists. For whatever reason, when he puts on a Braves uniform, he turns into Mariano Rivera.
2023 was no different. Before being struck in the leg by a hard hit ball from Miguel Cabrera, Chavez was among the most valuable relievers in all of baseball, owning a 1.51 ERA over 29 appearances. He probably deserved some consideration to earn his first All-Star appearance. but that was nixed once he landed on the IL.
Chavez hasn’t pitched in over two months and still hasn’t begun his rehab assignment. Relievers don’t need as long as starters to ramp back up, so when he eventually does receive the nod, it shouldn’t be long before he’s capable of joining the major league club.
Even still, Jesse Chavez is among those who could surprisingly be left off the playoff roster. The Braves bullpen is as deep as any in the league. Chavez might find himself on the outside looking in come October.
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