JUNE 6: Arano has cleared waivers and been sent outright to Gwinnett, per David O’Brien of the Athletic (Twitter link). He doesn’t have the requisite service time to reject a minor league assignment, so he’ll remain with the Stripers and look to pitch his way back onto the 40-man roster.
JUNE 4: The Braves announced Friday that they’ve designated right-handed reliever Victor Arano for assignment. His spot on the 40-man roster will go to right-hander Ty Tice, whose previously reported acquisition from the Blue Jays has now been formally announced by the Braves.
The 26-year-old Arano has been excellent in the big leagues when healthy, pitching to a combined 2.65 ERA with a 26.3 percent strikeout rate and 7.6 percent walk rate in 74 2/3 innings for the Phillies from 2017-19. Unfortunately, healthy innings are far from a given with Arano. He missed the vast majority of the 2019 season due to elbow surgery, and he’s also missed time in the past due to a rotator cuff strain in his pitching shoulder. He spent last year in the Phillies’ 60-man player pool but wasn’t called to the Majors. The Braves claimed him off waivers back in February.
Arano was a starter early in his minor league career with the Phillies but moved to the ’pen on a full-time basis in 2016. He racked up 79 2/3 innings out of the ’pen across two levels that season, but he’s managed to throw just 126 1/3 innings combined since that season drew to a close. He’s appeared in eight games with Triple-A Gwinnett in 2021, during which time he’s yielded four runs (three earned) on seven hits, four walks and a hit batter through seven innings. He’s punched out five hitters along the way.
It seems as though the Braves weren’t enamored of what they saw in that brief stretch of games. They’ll now have a week to trade Arano or to attempt to pass him through outright waivers. He can still be optioned both this year and next, which could lead another club to take a chance on the talented but (at least recently) oft-injured righty.