Injuries & Moves: Rosario, Matzek back from IL

July 4th, 2022

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

LATEST NEWS

July 4: OF Eddie Rosario and Tyler Matzek activated from injured list
Matzek and Rosario both returned to the Braves’ active roster before the July 4 game against the Cardinals. Matzek will attempt to resume his role as one of the team’s top setup men. The lefty had been sidelined since May 10 because of left shoulder inflammation, which started to become problematic near the end of April. He struck out five of the six batters he faced in two Minor League rehab appearances for Triple-A Gwinnett.

Rosario has been sidelined since undergoing laser surgery to repair a swollen retina on April 26. The 2021 NLCS MVP battled blurred vision while beginning the season 3-for-44. To make room for Rosario and Matzek, the Braves optioned infielder Mike Ford and designated right-hander Silvino Bracho for assignment. -- Mark Bowman

July 3: OF Adam Duvall's MRI comes back negative
Duvall received a negative MRI after getting hit on the hand by a pitch during the second inning of the July 2 contest. He was later picked off at first base and departed the game an inning later. Duvall left the team and went back to Atlanta prior to July 3's contest. 

Duvall, an All-Star finalist outfielder, is slashing .205/.272/.376 this season, with 10 home runs and 32 RBIs. -- Will Aldrich

INJURY UPDATES

10-day and 15-day injured list

RHP Kenley Jansen (irregular heartbeat)
Expected return:
July
As Jansen updated his condition July 4, he remained confident he will return to the Braves’ bullpen when eligible for activation July 12. The Braves closer has dealt with atrial fibrillation since 2011. He felt his heart go out of rhythm while he was at the team’s hotel on the evening of June 18. After being checked out at a local emergency room, he pitched the next afternoon at Wrigley and a total of five times over the next eight days. Further symptoms led Jansen to have his heart shocked back into rhythm June 28. -- Mark Bowman (Last updated: July 4)

60-day injured list

2B Ozzie Albies (fractured left foot)
Expected return: At least mid-August
Albies will be out until mid-August at the earliest after fracturing his left foot on a foul ball in Atlanta's June 13 game against the Nationals. Jammed by a 3-2 Steve Cishek fastball in the fifth, Albies tripped attempting to leave the batter’s box after an awkward swing resulted in a ground ball to short. He was unable to run to first base on the groundout, then limped gingerly back to the dugout. Subsequent X-rays revealed a fracture, and he underwent successful surgery on June 15 in Green Bay, Wis., to stabilize it, the Braves said. Dr. Robert Anderson performed the surgery.

The exact timeline for Albies' return is still unclear.

“Hopefully, he heals quick and they can get him taken care of,” manager Brian Snitker said. "I hate it for Ozzie, and I hate it for us. It's unfortunate, but it’s one of those things. He’ll be fine. He’s young. He’ll heal quick, but I just hate it for the kid because he loves to play baseball and he’s such a big part of our club.”

It’s been a down season so far for the two-time All-Star, who is hitting .244 with eight homers and a .694 OPS. But the Braves have rarely been without Albies since he debuted in 2017. He appeared in Atlanta’s first 62 games this season (starting 61) and has played in 565 since 2018, second most among full-time second basemen. -- Joe Trezza (Last updated: June 15)

RHP Mike Soroka (torn right Achilles)
Expected return: Possibly July
Soroka threw his latest bullpen session at the team's Spring Training site on June 10. Once the right-hander is ready to make a progression of starts, the Braves could begin a 30-day rehab assignment. The right-hander is still a long way from returning, but he remains hopeful he’ll be able to contribute in some way after the All-Star break. Soroka originally tore his right Achilles tendon on Aug. 3, 2020. While attempting to return last year, he tore the same tendon while simply walking into the Braves' clubhouse at Truist Park on June 24. -- Mark Bowman (Last updated: June 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. -- Mark Bowman (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. -- Mark Bowman (Last updated: April 13)

RHP Kirby Yates (Tommy John surgery)
Expected return: After the All-Star break
The Braves signed Yates to a two-year, $8.25 million deal knowing he would likely miss this season’s first half while recovering from Tommy John surgery. Yates will continue to recover over the next couple months, and then he will possibly return in late July or August. -- Mark Bowman (Last updated: April 9)