Dansby Swanson Q&A: On moving past loss to Cards, other offseason moves

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Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson spoke with the media at Chop Fest on Saturday at Truist Park. Here are some of the topics Swanson covered, and the interview was edited for brevity.

Q: How did you process or what were your thoughts after the loss against the Cardinals (in Game 5 of the National League Division Series)?

A: I was not a happy camper that night, and I think the ultimate jab in the back was Washington beating the Dodgers later that night. It was pretty emotional, definitely had a lot of tears.

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Q: How did it feel to have a normal offseason, not having to do a lot of rehab (Swanson had wrist surgery after the 2018 season).

A: Feel like that's been a common theme as I talked to people (since I've been here). How nice it's been to not have something to deal with ... that's almost like a setback. Being able to get back to a normal routine has been good for me.

Q: How much do you think it’ll help Freddie (Freeman) knowing that the elbow is fine and he can come into the season pain free?

A: Probably going to have to tell him not to do some things (laughing). I know he's excited about it, and we're obviously very happy for him.

Q: What are your thoughts on the offseason moves (including the signing of pitchers Will Smith and Cole Hamels) made by the team?

A: I thought it was perfect timing, (the organization) had a great grasp on what was needed especially with the way things ended (last season). Those moves interjected a little bit of energy and life back into some guys. Seeing those pieces get added definitely brings this new-found energy.

Q: What’s the disappointment level of Josh Donaldson not returning to the team?

A: Not sure if disappointing in the right word. It's actually kind of sad because he fit in so well here. I clearly enjoyed him as a teammate. Hope we get a chance to play against him this season, which would be in the World Series.