Injuries & Moves: Anderson throws live batting practice

June 11th, 2024


June 9: RHP has contract purchased; RHP optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett; OF transferred to the 60-day injured list
The Braves promoted Waldrep from Triple-A Gwinnett to start against the Nationals on Sunday and make his MLB debut. Hernández was optioned to Gwinnett to create a spot on the 26-man roster, and Acuña, who will miss the entire 2024 season, was transferred to the 60-day IL to create a 40-man roster spot.


LHP (left hip inflammation)
Expected return: Mid-June
Minter has already resumed some baseball activities and could throw an inning in a Minor League rehab game before the team begins its next homestand on June 14. The Braves initially indicated the veteran reliever might miss most of June. Minter had been pitching through hip discomfort, but it worsened after pitching a scoreless inning in the team’s loss to the Nationals on May 29. He was placed on the IL the following day after imaging revealed inflammation that would take more than a few days of rest to tamp down. (Last updated: June 6)

RHP (left oblique strain)
Expected return:
Early August
Smith-Shawver received some bad news on May 24, when a MRI exam showed he has a Grade 2 left oblique strain. He felt some discomfort during the third inning of Atlanta's May 23 game against the Cubs. But he didn't tell the team's medical staff until after he was removed after 4 1/3 scoreless innings. There was no indication of an injury or ailment when he was removed. The 21-year-old hurler is the Braves' No. 1 prospect. (Last updated: May 24)

RHP (right ulnar collateral ligament)
Expected return: 2025
After visiting Dr. Keith Meister on April 8, Strider underwent internal brace surgery to repair the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow on April 12 and will miss the rest of the 2024 season. (Last updated: April 13)


RHP Ian Anderson (Tommy John surgery)
Expected return:
Anderson threw live batting practice and was able to simulate one inning the weekend of June 7-9. He is expected to complete this process at least one more time before beginning a Minor League rehab assignment. Anderson has been sidelined since undergoing Tommy John surgery in April 2023. (Last updated: June 11)

OF (ACL tear in left knee)
Expected return: 2025
Acuña underwent season-ending surgery on June 4 after suffering an ACL tear in his left knee on May 26 in Pittsburgh. The operation was performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles. Acuña will remain in Southern California for around 45 days post-op to begin his rehab before returning to the team.

“My goal is to come back as a better player and a better person,” Acuña said on May 30. “Who knows, maybe I can win another MVP.” (Last updated: June 6)

LHP (left elbow soreness)
Expected return:
Matzek posted a 9.90 ERA and produced some concerning hard-hit metrics over 11 appearances. The Braves are hoping he is just going through one of the phases that often follows Tommy John surgery. He'll be given at least a couple weeks to rest his arm. (Last updated: June 4)

LHP (Tommy John surgery)
Expected return: 2025
Perdomo was transferred to the 60-day injured list on May 4. He is recovering from the Tommy John surgery he underwent last fall and will miss the entire 2024 season. (Last updated: May 4)