ATLANTA -- After determining Dansby Swanson would be unavailable throughout this weekend's series against the Giants, the Braves opted to place the shortstop on the disabled list and recall outfielder Preston Tucker, who had been optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett a few hours earlier to create a roster spot for Jose
ATLANTA -- After determining Dansby Swanson would be unavailable throughout this weekend's series against the Giants, the Braves opted to place the shortstop on the disabled list and recall outfielder Preston Tucker, who had been optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett a few hours earlier to create a roster spot for Jose Bautista.
The unusual turn of events occurred when Swanson's left wrist was further evaluated after he arrived at SunTrust Park on Friday afternoon. Early indications are he is not dealing with any structural damage. But further tests will be performed this weekend, and the consensus was he would not be available until at least Tuesday.
So, instead of having what would have essentially been a three-man bench this weekend that wouldn't have included a backup outfielder, the Braves opted to place Swanson on the 10-day disabled list retroactive to Thursday. He will be eligible to be activated on May 14, when Atlanta is scheduled to play a makeup game against the Cubs at Wrigley Field.
Swanson has been feeling some discomfort the past couple weeks. He has not played since aggravating the ailment while taking a swing during the fifth inning of Wednesday's win over the Mets.
Johan Camargo will serve as the Braves' shortstop while Swanson is on the disabled list. Camargo took this role from Swanson around last year's All-Star break and might have kept it for the remainder of the season had he not sustained a right knee bone bruise when he landed awkwardly while attempting to jump over the first-base line just before the start of a game in early August.
Swanson hit .358 with a .976 OPS through his first 16 games this season. But he has batted .191 with a .468 OPS over the 12 games that have followed.
The Braves were optimistic enough about Swanson's availability that they announced Tucker was optioned to Gwinnett on Friday around 2:30 p.m. ET. Fortunately, the outfielder did not leave the area. He was recalled approximately three hours after being optioned to make room for Bautista, the 37-year-old veteran who was set to debut as Atlanta's new third baseman on Friday night.
Unlike Charlie Culberson, Tucker had an option remaining. So, instead of subjecting Culberson to the waiver wire, the Braves had initially planned to spend at least the next couple days without a backup outfielder. The thought was Bautista, Ryan Flaherty or Culberson could have filled an outfield spot, if necessary.
Soroka to get another start: Though official confirmation did not come until Braves manager Brian Snitker provided it on Friday afternoon, Mike Soroka has been set to serve as Sunday's starting pitcher since he walked off the mound having limited the Mets to one run over six innings while making his Major League debut on Tuesday.
Snitker would not commit to keeping Soroka in the rotation beyond Sunday's start in the series finale against the Giants. But if the highly touted 20-year-old right-hander produces another gem, it's certainly hard to see him being sent back to Gwinnett to make room for Anibal Sanchez or Luiz Gohara.
There had been a chance Sanchez would have started one of this weekend's games against the Giants. But the Braves decided to give him a little more time to recover from his right hamstring strain. There's a chance the veteran right-hander could eventually be placed in Atlanta's bullpen.
Carle proclaims himself ready: Shane Carle completed a pain-free short bullpen session on Friday afternoon. Carle was available for the series opener, but the Braves would like to wait at least one more day to use the right-handed reliever, who exited Tuesday's game against the Mets with numbness in his right thumb and index finger.
Mark Bowman has covered the Braves for MLB.com since 2001.