As the regular season continues, here are three things we’ll be keeping an eye on around the baseball world throughout the day today:
1. Wright to make season debut:
Braves right-hander Kyle Wright figures to make his season debut today, starting this evening’s game against the Reds. Wright was slowed during camp due to shoulder soreness, but dominated for Atlanta in 2022, posting a 3.19 ERA (128 ERA+) with a 3.58 FIP in 180 1/3 innings of work, a performance strong enough to earn him downballot votes in NL Cy Young Award voting. To make room for Wright on the 26-man roster, the club will need to make a corresponding move of some sort before tonight’s game. Wright figures to help stabilize a Braves rotation that has battled injuries and uncertainty early in the 2023 season, with Max Fried suffering a hamstring strain during his first start of the season and rookie southpaws Jared Shuster and Dylan Dodd both struggling in their first taste of big league action.
2. Marquez to be reevaluated:
Rockies right-hander German Marquez left his start yesterday after just 62 pitches due to forearm tightness. While both Marquez himself and manager Bud Black expressed optimism that the issue is a minor one, any discomfort in a pitcher’s forearm is cause for concern. While it’s unknown if Marquez will undergo any imaging at this point, the plan is for right-hander to be reevaluated today. Should Marquez miss any time, Peter Lambert and Noah Davis are both possible options to take his turn in the rotation. Both are already on the 40-man roster and are stretched out as starters in Triple-A.
3. MLBTR Chat today:
If the beginning of the regular season has spurred any questions in your mind about your favorite team or the league as a whole, MLBTR’s Steve Adams is holding a live chat with readers at 1pm CT today. You can click here to ask a question in advance, join in live once the chat begins, or read the transcript once the chat is complete.
In addition, the next episode of the MLB Trade Rumors podcast is set to release tomorrow morning. MLBTR readers are encouraged to submit questions to be answered on the podcast by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. In the meantime, don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast on Spotify and Apple Podcasts.
1. If it wasn’t for Wright’s 3.5 WAR last year, the Braves wouldn’t have won the NL East.
2. Too much heavy workouts. No point in being the hulk if you can’t pitch for your team.
3. Thanks for hosting these.
how do you know it wasn’t because of Strider’s 3.7 WAR? If I had to guess I’d say Strider outperformed expectations more than Wright did..total guess though
No clue. Just giving my hot take.
Fair enough – thought you had some inside info
No, I’m just some loser who gives billionaires money to wear the team’s apparel.
Join the club.. although I mostly have NFL jerseys only 3 mlb lol
@Old York best post I’ve seen in ages, and here I thought wearing my authentic Mariners alternative batting practice jersey made me feel in solidarity with the honest Seattle dockworker, longshoreman, and ferry boat captain, but alas your post made me realize I’m merely a buffoonish corporate shill after all. Thanks; and now I have to go to the dentist. Sigh.
Still not a single World Series and the team is a mess, done with them.
I want Jurickson Profar OFF THIS TEAM
I want Kris Bryant OFF THIS TEAM
I want C.J. Cron OFF THIS TEAM
I want Nolan Arenado OFF THIS TEAM
I want Mike Moustakas OFF THIS TEAM
You must be watching some highlights or something because Arenado has been gone for a bit.
Cards gave him back to the Rockies. They were not looking for a Gold Glove 3B or MVP type of player.
So has Moustakas. Email the team for an up to date roster.
You are a Rockies fan with a Marlins logo for an avatar?
Cron has hit 3 HR’s thru the first 9 games and will likely be gone by the trade deadline if not sooner
Bryant is hitting .295 to start and has been terrible.
Profar is still in spring training mode so it may be a bit before he produces
Moustakas while hitting a paltry .167 is the only player on the roster that has walked more than he has struck out
Hopefully Wright can add more stability to that rotation. Not a huge fan of that cortisone shot after his heaviest in season workload