Johan Camargo rejoins Braves following sudden 25-man roster opening

Braves prospect Johan Camargo has strengthened the bench. (AP Photo)
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Braves prospect Johan Camargo has strengthened the bench. (AP Photo)

Credit: Michael Cunningham

Credit: Michael Cunningham

The Braves reinstated Johan Camargo from the disabled list Wednesday. He was placed on the DL on March 26 after injuring his left oblique thirteen days earlier.

A 25-man roster spot was opened for Camargo when starter Anibal Sanchez strained his right hamstring during pregame sprints.

Camargo, 24, was expected to be the team’s starting third baseman before he was stalled with injuries. He was expected back as soon as April 6 in Colorado, but Ryan Flaherty’s strong play in his place afforded the Braves more patience.

The 24-year-old started slowly in his rehab stint with high Single-A Florida and then Triple-A Gwinnett, but he’s hit his stride of late. Camargo homered in three consecutive games last weekend, and is coming off his third consecutive multi-hit game Wednesday.

Camargo was available on the Braves bench Wednesday, meaning he could play for both the Stripers and Braves in one day.

"Johan, one thing we know about him, he can play all over the place," Braves general manager Alex Anthopoulos said before Camargo was activated Wednesday, when asked how the signing of third baseman Jose Bautista may effect Camargo's role. "Guys are going to need days off, guys are going to get hurt. … End of the day, when the time comes that he's here, (Braves manager Brian Snitker) will find a way to get him at-bats, playing time, a way to get him to help us win games."

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