9:50pm: Camargo isn’t necessarily done for the season, according to manager Brian Snitker (Twitter link via Gabriel Burns of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution). The hope is that he’ll be ready to return in about three weeks, when the playoffs will already be underway. As noted below, though, even a healthy version might not have been a lock to land on the Braves’ postseason roster.
12:16pm: The Braves announced today that they have activated outfielder Nick Markakis from the injured list, as expected. Utilityman Johan Camargo has been placed on the 10-day IL after being diagnosed with a fractured shin.
The Atlanta organization also called up some fresh arms to help the team manage innings down the stretch. Righties Touki Toussaint, Bryse Wilson and Kyle Wright are all heading to the active roster.
Markakis has bounced back from a fractured wrist. He’ll be tasked with getting back up to game speed without the benefit of a rehab assignment. With the Braves secure in their postseason position, they can allow him to get his cuts in without much concern for the outcome.
Meanwhile, the news on Camargo seemingly brings to an end a forgettable season. There’s no official word yet on an anticipated timeline, but it’s tough to imagine he’ll be able to heal up in time to be a factor. Odds are he’d have been left off the postseason roster regardless given his prolonged struggles.
The shin fracture — suffered on a foul ball — shouldn’t dent Camargo’s long-term outlook. But it could slow his offseason work. He’ll be trying to sort things out over the winter after turning in 248 plate appearances of .233/.279/.384 hitting while also posting a downturn in the field. The 25-year-old switch-hitter had been a 3+ WAR performer in 2018.
Any news regarding whether or not Camargo will be able to play again this season? That injury looked pretty brutal. He was in a lot o pain and had to be carried off the field last night. It’s ashamed. He finally started hitting with some power.
Would you like for me to read the article for you?
Never had a fracture myself, but do know bones take time to heal and broken bones are not in the leg are not to be fooled around with…
He’ll be alright.
I read the article letsplay2. I literally meant “news.” I believe Mr. Todd only said “odds are.” I kinda figured he wouldn’t but he had been hitting better recently. At least well enough thathe wouldn’t be a complete hole in the Braves line up. Based on Riley’s poor AAA stats in addition to Duvalle’s ridiculous inconsistency I would have preferred Acuna in CF, Markakis in RF and Camargo in LF. Riley has incredible potential but is clearly a work in progress. I don’t think Culberson is a starter based on his recent struggles. Inciarte is gonna be out for a little longer and it’s not like we can come anywhere close to counting on him to beast out if he does. I think the past few days Camargo has been doing pretty good. I do think he is one of the few players in MLB that got hurt by losing at bats this season as well as a specific position. Camargo hit in the .270’s last year with 19 home runs. That was the best year of his entire career. Donaldson is a good defensive third baseman that already has 38 home runs. I agree with the idea that the $ may have been better. Spent elsewhere but it is hard to see where. Maybe Corbin? But that would cost more per year and hamstring the Braves for more than half a decade to come. Donaldson and Camargo were both good defensive third baseman and minus 20 batting average points Donaldson is better in every way offensively. ESPN had Donaldson as a steal if he hit 25 hone runs all season. He has hit 38 already. I don’t want to trade low on Camargo and I miss his bat. I just want to know who will be our outfield outside of Acuna? Markakis is back today but even if he fills that spot like we hope, who is gonna be our starting LF? I don’t see Joyce, Riley, or Culberson offensively performing well enough to do it in the short term. Kakis is probably a question in and of himself at right field as well.
If you kept up with the Braves you would have heard them saying all week that Markakis would be playing left and Joyce playing right when there’s a right handed pitcher starting. With a left handed starter Nick possibly moves over to right and Duvall plays left.
Camargo’s down year is mostly a product of not being used regularly, IMO. I mean, Donaldson is raking, so that was a good move for the Braves. I thought Camargo should have been converted to an outfielder last winter and put in left field, but the Braves re-signed Markakis instead. If you trade him now, you’re selling low as well. Simply put, the Braves mishandled the Camargo situation all the way around.
They intended for him to be a super utility player and that didn’t pan out and only they know why. He wasn’t mishandled at all. I’d take JD and NK over him all day.
NK? You mean NM.
Donaldson was only going to plate the field 4-5 times a week when they signed him. He turned into more…and camargo god sidelined. It sucks, but the Braves SHOULD have rotated him into Dansby, Ozzy, and Markakis one day a week.
We all saw what he could do when playing every day last season. He needs a shot somewhere else, he’s too good and wasting away sitting on the bench as insurance for an injury. Hes definitely not the same threat at the plate playing sporadically.
I agree, he is young and needs to play every day. Its using the same reasoning as when an organization has a player ready for the majors, but they have no place for him to play, so they keep him in the minors to get him AB’s.
In fairness, playing every day last year he hit .272/.349/.457. Definitely good enough to start somewhere in MLB, but not necessarily a get-you-to-the-WS kind of a guy. If he could sustain those numbers in a utility role, he’d have real value for ATL. Unfortunately, his glove isn’t good enough with those numbers to slot him ahead of any other Atlanta position player. To me, not having a place for guys like Camargo is a sign the braves are definitely getting better.
My Dad and I are in kind if a debate. He believes that the juiced ball helped out Donaodsons home run level in a way that Camargo didn’t have an opportunity to take advantage of. He also thinks that Camargo would have a better batting average than Donaldson. Those things may be true but he also thinks that Camargo is a better defensive player than Donaldson. Can anyone help me prove him wrong? Between the increased home runs from juiced balls, the higher potential batting average and his belief that Camargo is a better defensive player and base stealer is there any way I can prove to him that Donaldson is a better player for the Braves this season that he can’t explain away by saying “Camargo is only underperforming this season due to the fact that he is mad at the franchise because they took away the starting job he had already earned”? He also thinks Nick Markakis is teribble player because he doesn’t hit for enough power at right field. He thinks the Braves should not pick up his $4 million option next year. I try to explain to him that the Braves have a budget and $4 million is dirt cheap for someone that consistently produces the same way Markakis does. He doesn’t want to hear it. To him every outfielder should hit at least 20 hr’s every single year or they are not good enough to play that position for any amount of money. He brings this stuff up all the time and every way I have tried to explain it to him falls flat. To make things more contradictory he hates hitters that strike out a lot and he is totally against giving out large long term contracts. He basically expects the Braves to get a younger Nick Markakis that hits 30 bombs a year but is willing to sign on a cheap short term contract because he plays right field. The best way I could try to make him understand how cheap $4 mill is for Markakis’ healthy production is to ask him if he thought a line up of Mike Trout and 8 0 WAR hitters is more likely to win it all or a lineup of 9 healthy Nick Markakis’ is. Can anyone give me some advice on this or at least help me prove that Camargo is not a clear superior defensive player to Donaldson at third base?
Donaldson is better than Camargo, no debate what so ever. Kakes has tons of value for $4million, just ask Freddie, he loves and wants him to return. That’s enough of me.
Donaldson is a former AL mvp and is back to that form, Camargo can’t hold his jock strap.
Love Kakes but Castellonos would have been an awesome trade pick up over the offseason which was being greatly discussed.
Hes prob going to be brought back as a bridge for pache & waters time and eventually take a 4th outfielder/pinch hitter role at his age. He loves it here and I’m confident he’s going to be groomed as a future manager in the organization. Dudes mad respected by everybody.
Donaldson would run through a wall for you; I doubt if Camargo, competent as he is, would.. Exhibit A is that game-ending catch reaching into the dugout, oblivious to what might happen to him, Donaldson made the other night. Gamers like that are few and far between these days.
agreed. needs everyday reps to be productive. he’s no Charlie.
Sounds like a tibia fracture. Will be interesting to bee Snit’s playoff roster.
I hope Camargo will be available for playoffs, his bat off the bench could be big. I would say Riley, cervelli, and inciarte all left off roster.
Cervelli needs to be on there over McCann. I’ve always liked McCann and was glad to see them bring him back but he has cost the Braves a tractor trailer load of runs on the bases and his game calling and the way he sets up behind the plate are pretty bad. He’s cost the pitchers a stadium full of strikes. The coaches at one point this season told him that he was causing the pitchers to issue walks because he was setting up 4 inches off the plate and if the pitcher hit his target it was going to be a ball. The only reason McCann should be in any game would be as a late inning left handed pinch hitter that could be pinch run for if he got on base. Most of the pitcher’s worst games have been with McCann catching. Cervelli called a great game the very first game he caught for the Braves. When Melancon came in to close recently with Cervelli catching it was like he was a completely different pitcher because of him and Cervelli being former teammates.