Bobby Abreu is staying in the Dodgers organization after being designated for assignment last week, as Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports that the veteran outfielder cleared waivers and has accepted an assignment to Triple-A.
Abreu was let go when the Dodgers acquired Shane Victorino from the Phillies to play left field and according to Crasnick he chose to stick around at Triple-A because of a likely September call-up to Los Angeles.
He came back down to earth following a fast start for the Dodgers and was also let go by the Angels earlier this season, but even at age 38 a .347 on-base percentage makes Abreu a potentially useful bench bat.
MLB.com’s Mark Bowman confirms a report from Daniel Álvarez Montes of EVTV Miami that the Braves are calling up outfield prospect Ronald Acuña from Triple-A Gwinnett.
The move is obviously much anticipated and expected, as Acuña is considered the top prospect in baseball among those who hadn’t been called up to the majors yet. Acuña has had a slow start with Gwinnett, as he’s batting only .215/.301/.277 in 73 plate appearances. However, he has turned things around somewhat in recent days, batting .379 with a double and a homer since April 17.
Acuña should be in Wednesday’s starting lineup against the Reds and he should be a lineup regular going forward. The expectations are high for Acuña, who signed with the Braves as an international free agent in July 2014.