Injuries & Moves: Muller optioned; Bracho selected

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Keep track of the Braves' recent transactions and injury updates throughout the season.

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Sept. 28: RHP Silvino Bracho selected, LHP Kyle Muller optioned to Triple-A 
Seeking additional bullpen depth, the Braves optioned Muller after his spot start Tuesday and selected Bracho for his second stint this season with the team. The 30-year-old right-hander had a 2.08 ERA in 20 appearances at Triple-A Gwinnett; he’s also the owner of a 4.76 ERA across parts of six big league seasons, mostly with the D-backs from 2015-’18.

The club also recalled right-hander Huascar Ynoa and placed him on the 60-day injured list, in a procedural move to clear space on the 40-man roster for Bracho. Ynoa underwent Tommy John surgery in early September and is out until 2024.

Sept. 27: LHP Kyle Muller recalled; RHP Alan Rangel optioned to Triple-A
The Braves officially recalled Muller, their No. 1 prospect per MLB Pipeline, to start in Max Fried’s place Tuesday against the Nationals. They optioned Rangel, a rookie right-hander, in a corresponding move. Fried, meanwhile, will start either Friday or Saturday against the Mets on extra rest.

In Muller’s third big league start of the season, and first since Aug. 13 in Miami, he struck out four and allowed two runs on six hits (one homer) and one walk in 4 2/3 innings.

Sept. 26: Braves lining up Fried for Mets series
For the Braves, everything leads up to their upcoming weekend series against the Mets, which should, after a summer spent neck-and-neck near the top of the division, finally decide the National League East. Atlanta is planning accordingly. The Braves are pushing ace Max Fried back to ensure he starts on extra rest against New York this weekend, though they have not decided if that will be Friday or Saturday yet.

"I think it'll be good for him to get him a little break" manager Brian Snitker said. "And then we'll have our three top guys for the weekend series."

If Fried starts Friday, he’d also be available for the Oct. 5 regular-season finale in Miami if necessary. Fried last started Sept. 22, so his next start will come on at least eight days' of rest either way. Atlanta is tabbing left-hander Kyle Muller in his place Tuesday to start against the Nationals.

INJURY UPDATES

10-day and 15-day injured list

RHP Spencer Strider (left oblique soreness)
Expected return: Early October
The rookie hurler was placed on the 15-day injured list, retroactive to Sept. 21. He told the club’s medical staff he felt some left oblique soreness following his start on Sept. 18. The top Rookie of the Year candidate won’t be eligible to be activated until Oct. 6, after the regular season’s last day.

Strider could also benefit from some additional rest as he nears the end of his second full professional season. The 23-year-old completed just 96 1/3 innings as he made his way from the Single-A level to the Majors in 2021. (Last updated: Sept. 24)

RHP Kirby Yates (right elbow inflammation)
Expected return: Possibly October
Yates received encouraging news when an MRI showed no structural damage to his right elbow. He felt discomfort after pitching a scoreless inning against the Mariners on Sept. 10 and the Braves placed him on the 15-day injured list after his elbow continued to bother him when he played catch on Sept. 16.

Medical personnel has told Yates he is simply dealing with soreness that pitchers have often felt while recovering from Tommy John surgery. The 35-year-old reliever underwent the elbow ligament procedure for a second time on March 23, 2021. He returned to join the Braves' bullpen in August and had started to look more like himself, as he didn’t allow a run in his three most recent appearances. Yates and the Braves are hopeful he could return at some point this year. (Last updated: Sept. 17)

C Chadwick Tromp (strained left quadriceps)
Expected return:
September
Tromp felt left quadriceps discomfort after he tallied the second of his two doubles in an Aug. 13 win over the Marlins. He would have likely tallied three doubles if his quad didn’t prevent him from advancing to second base in the eighth inning. Tromp reinjured his left quad during Triple-A Gwinnett's game on Aug. 30. (Last updated: Aug. 31)

60-day injured list

RHP Huascar Ynoa (Tommy John surgery)
Expected return: 2024
The Braves announced on Sept. 9 that Ynoa had undergone successful Tommy John surgery to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. Ynoa will likely miss the 2023 season while recovering. The 24-year-old posted a 4.05 ERA in 18 appearances (17 starts) for Atlanta in 2021. Ynoa has struggled since he fractured his right hand when he punched a dugout bench six weeks into last season. He posted a 13.50 ERA in two starts for Atlanta and a 5.68 ERA in 18 appearances (17 starts) for Triple-A Gwinnett this year. (Last updated: Sept. 9)

RHP Darren O'Day (strained big right toe)
Expected return: TBD
O'Day ended his rehab stint with his second appearance for Triple-A Gwinnett. He tossed one inning, allowing one run on two hits and a walk with one strikeout. The right-hander exited the game with a sprained big right toe. He was placed on the 60-day IL once he returned from his rehab assignment. (Last updated: Sept. 1)

OF Adam Duvall (torn tendon in left wrist)
Expected return: 2023
Duvall underwent season-ending surgery in the final week of July to repair a torn tendon sheath in his left wrist. The veteran outfielder sustained the injury when he jammed his left wrist against the wall while pursuing a foul ball hit by Shohei Ohtani. Duvall was transferred to the 60-day IL on Aug. 10. (Last updated: Aug. 10)

C Manny Piña (left wrist surgery)
Expected return:
2023
Piña underwent season-ending left wrist surgery on May 16 and was transferred from the 10-day IL to the 60-day IL on June 1. The veteran backup catcher battled discomfort near the end of Spring Training and was placed on the 10-day injured list on April 25. Piña, who signed a two-year deal in November, is expected to be ready by the start of next year’s Spring Training. (Last updated: June 1)

RHP Luke Jackson (Tommy John surgery)
Expected return:
2023
Jackson underwent Tommy John surgery on April 13. He felt discomfort during Spring Training and an MRI showed a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. The right-handed reliever will miss the rest of this season. (Last updated: April 13)

Minor Leagues

RHP Ian Anderson (left oblique strain)
Expected return: TBD
Anderson will be out for at least a month with a strained left oblique. He last pitched on Sept. 8 for Triple-A Gwinnett, having been optioned on Aug. 7 after struggling in his third season in the Majors. (Last updated: Sept. 14)