Atlanta Braves Activate Ronald Acuna Jr. And Place Brandon McCarthy On DL – June 28, 2018
The Braves Activate Ronald Acuna Jr.
The Atlanta Braves today made four roster moves, including returning OF Ronald Acuña Jr. from his rehabilitation assignment and reinstating him from the 10-day disabled list.
The Braves also recalled RHP Matt Wisler from Triple-A Gwinnett.
They also optioned RHP Wes Parsons to Gwinnett.
The Atlanta Braves also placed RHP Brandon McCarthy on the 10-day disabled list with right knee tendinitis.
According to Mark Bowman of MLB.com :
The Braves are expected to make another move within the next two days to create a roster spot for Max Fried, who will be brought up from Gwinnett to start Saturday’s game against the Cardinals. McCarthy had been lined up for this start.
According to Steve Adams of MLB Trade Rumors:
Acuna, 20, has been out since May 28 due to a knee contusion and a mild sprain of his left ACL, but he figures to return to an everyday role in left field, joining Ender Inciarte and Nick Markakis in a productive Braves outfield. The game’s consensus top prospect to open the season, Acuna did nothing to suggest he wasn’t deserving of such high praise in his first taste of the Majors, hitting .265/.326/.453 with five homers and seven doubles through 129 plate appearances in spite of his youth.
McCarthy, soon to be 35, has had his share of struggles in Atlanta this year, compiling a 4.92 ERA with 7.4 K/9, 2.4 BB/9, 1.72 HR/9 and a 48 percent ground-ball rate. To McCarthy’s credit, most of the damage done against him came in a pair of brutal starts at the beginning of May, when he yielded 14 runs over a combined 8 1/3 innings. The righty pitched quite well in the month of April and, since that ugly pair of consecutive outings in May, has worked to a respectable 4.23 ERA with a pristine 35-to-6 K/BB ratio in 38 1/3 frames.
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