“I just talked to him,” manager Brian Snitker said Saturday afternoon. “It was real good. His velocity was really good, and he feels great. It was all positive stuff.”
Ynoa is expected to throw around 85 pitches in his next game, Snitker said. The team hasn’t revealed its plans for Ynoa when he returns, but he’ll be stretched out and capable of covering multiple innings, be that as a starter or reliever.
D’Arnaud (thumb) is slated to catch nine innings Sunday. He’s expected to rejoin the lineup in the coming week, as early as Tuesday against the Reds. While his season was off to a slow start before his injury in early May, the Braves have struggled to replace d’Arnaud. They’ve used six other catchers this season, including a Stephen Vogt-Kevan Smith combination currently. While Smith is lauded for how he’s handled pitchers, he’s provided little as a batter.