The Braves announced that the club has promoted infield prospect Ozzie Albies and pitching prospect Lucas Sims to the majors for Tuesday night’s game against the Dodgers. To make room on the roster, the Braves optioned utilityman Micah Johnson and pitcher Akeel Morris to Triple-A Gwinnett.
Albies, 20, is the Braves’ No. 2 prospect and No. 19 in baseball, according to MLB Pipeline. He was signed as an international free agent out of Curacao on July 2, 2013. With Gwinnett this season, Albies hit .285/.330/.440 with nine home runs, 41 RBI, 67 runs scored, and 21 stolen bases in 448 plate appearances.
Sims, 23, is the Braves’ No. 19 prospect. The Braves took him in the first round (21st overall) of the 2012 draft. With Gwinnett this season, the right-hander posted a 3.75 ERA with a 132/36 K/BB ratio in 115 1/3 innings.
Albies is playing second base and batting seventh and Sims is starting and batting ninth against the Dodgers.
Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Major League Baseball has told Cardinals infielder Kolten Wong that he has to get rid of the colorful arm sleeve he’s been wearing, pictured above, that pays tribute to his native Hawaii and seeks to raise awareness of recovery efforts from the destruction caused by the erupting Mount Kilauea.
[Wong] has been notified by Major League Baseball that he will face a fine if he continues to wear an unapproved sleeve that features Hawaiian emblem. Wong said he will stash the sleeve, like Jose Martinez had to do with his Venezuelan-flag sleeve, and find other ways to call attention to his home island.
None of these guys are being singled out, it seems. Rather, this is all part of a wider sweep Major League Baseball is making with respect to the uniformity of uniforms. As Goold notes at the end of his piece, however, MLB has no problem whatsoever with players wearing a non-uniform article of underclothing as long as it’s from an MLB corporate sponsor. Such as this sleeve worn by Marcell Ozuna, and supplied by Nike that, last I checked, were not in keeping with the traditional St. Louis Cardinals livery:
If Nike was trying to get people to buy Hawaii or Venezuela compression sleeves, I’m sure there would be no issue here. They’re not, however, and it seems like creating awareness and support for people suffering from natural, political and humanitarian disasters do not impress the powers that be nearly as much.