Swanson expected to return from IL this week

July 29th, 2019

WASHINGTON -- After participated in light baseball activities Monday afternoon, Braves manager Brian Snitker said he expects the shortstop to return to the lineup when he is eligible to be activated from the injured list on Saturday.

“If he’d have kept playing, I don’t know if [his heel injury] could have got better like it has,” Snitker said. “That’s why we wanted to get him off it. When he’s eligible to come off, he’ll be good to make a run at it the rest of the year.”

Swanson bruised his right heel when he landed awkwardly on the first-base bag while attempting to reach on a grounder during last Tuesday’s game against the Royals. The discomfort grew worse late last week, but the 25-year-old infielder improved enough to complete stationary fielding drills with third-base coach Ron Washington on Monday.

While Swanson is sidelined, has filled the shortstop void and attempted to benefit from the chance to draw regular at-bats. Camargo produced the Braves’ third-best Weighted Runs Created Plus (117) after he became the team’s every day third baseman nearly two full months into the 2018 season.

Camargo homered during Sunday’s loss to the Phillies. But while serving as a utility man, the 26-year-old switch hitter has struggled to build upon his offensive promise. He entered Monday with a substandard 55 WRC+.

Swanson, in comparison, tallied 17 homers before his injury, constructed a .798 OPS and produced 104 WRC+. He had an 80 WRC+ last year and a 64 WRC+ in 2017.

Webb update

The Braves received more encouraging health-related news when began his Minor League rehab assignment by completing an inning for the Gulf Coast League Braves on Monday.

Webb has not experienced any recent problems with the right elbow impingement that forced him to the injured list two weeks ago. The rookie reliever produced a 1.39 ERA and limited opponents to a .285 on-base percentage over the 36 appearances (32 1/3 innings) he made before being shut down.

“He had a good outing today,” Snitker said. “We’ll just see how he responds. We’ll get him back out there a few more times. We want to make sure he is good for the haul too. It’s been encouraging where he has been the last few times he has thrown.”