The Braves have activated righty Anthony Swarzak from the injured list, per an announcement. To create an opening, the club placed southpaw Grant Dayton on the 10-day injured list with a fractured big toe.
It’s nice to see Swarzak returning quickly from a shoulder malady. After all, he has quickly become an important piece of the puzzle for a relief unit that still clamors for some mid-season additions.
That said, the loss of Dayton makes for an unwelcome development. The 31-year-old southpaw has shown some promise since returning to the majors for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery. Despite showing reduced velocity from his prior work in the bigs, Dayton has generated a 12.4% swinging-strike rate and compiled an 11:3 K/BB rate in 8 1/3 innings.
Dayton will be sidelined for at least a month, per David O’Brien of The Athletic (via Twitter). That will rob the club of a chance to take a closer look at him before finalizing its deadline plans. Regardless, the Atlanta front office seems to have a nice volume of internal pieces to work with. Depth isn’t a particular concern so much as is quality in high-leverage spots. The trick will be deciding how many and what kind of outside additions to make.
“The trick will be deciding how many and what kind of outside additions to make.”
With all due respect, this is true for an awful lot of teams…
I hope he is back to his normal self with high leverage performance. He totally turned our entire bullpen around. Even though he isn’t a closer, it seems like this guy came in with the bases loaded and nobody out to face the heart of the order every single time. The solo homes to Howie Kendrick is the only run he has allowed since we acquired him.
Roger McDowell always had a knack for making minor bullpen acquisitions like this pay off in a big way it seemed. Atlantas always been blessed with great pitching coaches since I’ve been alive.
McDowell isn’t the pitching coach anymore
Where in God’s name did I say McDowell is still the pitching coach???? Cmon man don’t make me simplify elementary for you and the person that gave you a like.. Wow, where did you read “has”? It’s clearly past tense..
I read the same as meatloaf lol….c-mon man its meatloaf! have some respect sheesh!
Lol you’re always a good sport…For punishment; you and meatloaf have to go take a timeout and listen to the whole “I’d do anything for love” song..
Painful song to dance to in middle school is all I can say..ha
And if I must still dumb it down, a decade or so ago while mcdowell was pitching coach, he could take no name relief pitchers and turn them into mighty fine stalwarts or chances at starting again. He had a fire that wore off the wrong way on some though I guess..
Here’s exactly where I was saying where snitker has to be smart and not let a good start of Keuchel’s go to waste.. Sobotka about blew his last start and thanks to Charlie he absolutely saved him and the team a win by a miracle.
Dallas been lights out all night with his command once again, quit putting his outcome in jeopardy snit! Dudes only a few starts in for the season and obviously very fresh, ya gotta let em at least give himself a chance to get through the 8th yet once again snit! Play your consistent hot hand to secure the W..
I swear, the guy doesnt know how to be a shark when theres blood in the water at times.. Cmon Snit, ya gotta for the jugular instead of this dramatic bs night after night if you wana win in the postseason..
And meatloaf is a waste of good hamburger btw Homer.. Respect is earned and I don’t know meatloaf 2 ways from Adam.
lol yeah it’s not McDowell; 3 coaches ago now isn’t it?! I would absolutely usually agree but this year it seems to be quite the opposite with so many guys getting shuffled around and shipped out so much. They’ve been so quick to send pitchers down to AAA wouldn’t it just be easier to send the pitching coach up from Gwinnett lol?!
That’s the new norm. Run them out there a bunch, then come up with a 10-day DL or if they have options send them down for a fresh arm. If you watch, they only get used sparingly when sent down, with more off days.
The Dodgers perfected it with the 10-day DL and their seven man rotation a year ago, and many teams have now started to abuse it for the bullpen as well. In the Dodgers case, they could afford to stash MLB arms in the minors for a rest turn or two, but in the case of the bullpen it gives middle and lesser market teams an option versus going for the elite guys payroll wise.
woohoo! @fabulous61’s man crush is back. He’ll be so excited and gitty; he probably just peed himself bwhahaha!
Swarzak is back baby! Time to go to work!