On Friday afternoon, Braves outfielder Melvin Upton was diagnosed sesamoiditis, inflammation in the bone behind the ball of his foot. He’ll be in a walking boot for six weeks and will miss most or all of spring training.
MLB.com’s Mark Bowman suggests that Eury Perez is the early favorite to become the Braves’ Opening Day center fielder with Todd Cunningham as a contender as well. And as David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution notes, should Perez get the nod, the Braves will open the 2015 season with an entirely new outfield, having traded away Jason Heyward and Justin Upton over the offseason.
Perez, 24, joined the Braves in late January when the club grabbed him off waivers from the Yankees. He has accrued only 23 plate appearances in the major leagues and hit just .174, but has stolen five bases in as many opportunities. Perez doesn’t portend to hit much, but should play solid defense and add value with his speed.
ATLANTA — An apparent roster snafu forced the Toronto Blue Jays to change their pitching plans for Thursday night’s game at the Atlanta Braves.
After Nate Pearson gave up three runs in five innings, manager Charlie Montoyo brought in right-hander Jacob Waguespack to open the sixth.
As Waguespack walked to the mound, he was greeted by home plate umpire Alan Porter, who apparently delivered some bad news: The right-hander wasn’t on the 28-man active roster for the game.
The Blue Jays optioned Waguespack and infielder Santiago Espinal to the team’s alternate training site on Thursday to reach the 28-man roster limit.
Montoyo told reporters before the game Waguespack had been recalled when right-hander Trent Thornton was placed on the 10-day injured list with right elbow inflammation. That move apparently was not processed, leaving Waguespack off the active roster.
Waguespack walked to the dugout and Montoyo brought in Rafael Dolis as the official replacement for Pearson.