The Braves have opened the season without first and second series receivers. Travis d’Arnaud and Tyler Flowers, but it doesn’t seem like either one will be on the shelf for much longer. Manager Brian Snitker said Tuesday that the team could activate at least one of them before their game against the Rays on Wednesday, writes Mark Bowman of MLB.com.
Both d’Arnaud and Flowers have been shelved in the early stages of this season after showing symptoms of COVID-19, although neither player has tested positive for the disease. His absences have left the Braves with Alex Jackson and William Contreras Behind the plate.
D’Arnaud was a key player in the offseason for the Braves, who signed him on a two-year, $ 16MM contract after he enjoyed one of his best seasons as a member of the Rays in 2019. The 31-year-old , once a premium prospect, injuries weighed on him as often as Met during his first seasons in the league.
Flowers, 34, has been a trusted producer for the Braves since 2016, having reached .254 / .350 / .412 (104 wRC +) in 1,301 uniform appearances. It is also known as one of the main plot stops in the game.