Pina surgery set for May 16
Snitker said veteran catcher Manny Pina will undergo wrist surgery Monday. Pina, who’d been on the injured list since April 25, was declared out for the season Wednesday. William Contreras will be Travis d’Arnaud’s primary backup.
Eddie Rosario still far away from return
Two weeks ago, it was revealed that Rosario, the Braves’ National League Championship Series hero from October, would miss two to three months after undoing a laser procedure on his right eye to address swelling and blurred vision.
Rosario has been around the team recently, Snitker said. “I held (three fingers up) and he said ‘three,’ so he’s headed in the right direction. He looked good. He seemed fine. I think he’s still limited as far as exertion and things like that. I haven’t talked with (trainer) George (Poulis), but I’m assuming everything is well or I would’ve heard (otherwise).”
Snitker wouldn’t say when Rosario would resume conditioning. “I just know he’s a ways away from getting back here,” Snitker added.
Acuna a difference maker on the base paths
Since Acuna’s season debut, the Braves have stolen 12 bases in 13 games (that includes a steal Wednesday in the game he missed). That’s the third-highest total in the majors over that span. The Braves have 15 stolen bases overall, which ranks 16th in MLB, but Acuna alone has changed the dynamic. His five steals are second-most among all players since April 28 (when he debuted).
Harper injured, will continue as DH
Phillies star Bryce Harper has a small UCL tear, an injury he initially sustained April 11. While it will keep him out of the outfield – he won’t throw a baseball for four weeks, manager Joe Girardi said – he’ll continue as the Phillies’ designated hitter, a role in which he’s thrived. Harper had three RBIs in Thursday’s win over the Dodgers in Los Angeles.
The Braves and Phillies began Friday tied at 15-17, 6-1/2 games behind the Mets in the NL East. The foes will face each other for the first time this season May 23-26 in Atlanta.
Mets lose their backstop
In other division rival and catcher injury news, Mets catcher James McCann will undergo surgery and miss around six weeks with a hamate fracture, the team announced Friday. McCann has hit .196 with a homer and six RBIs in 21 games.
Drawing the Padres’ best
The Braves faced Padres right-hander Yu Darvish in Friday’s series opener. They’ll oppose two more strong San Diego veterans this weekend. Former A’s starter Sean Manaea (2-3, 3.75) will face his former teammate Matt Olson and the Braves on Saturday. Charlie Morton will start for the Braves. In the finale, Kyle Wright will go against Padres ace Joe Musgrove (4-0, 2.08).
There likely won’t be easier pitching ahead. Next week, the Braves embark on a trip to Milwaukee and Miami, two teams known for their pitching prowess.