The Nationals announced a handful of roster moves on Tuesday, including the activation of third baseman Anthony Rendon from the 10-day injured list. The club also recalled pitcher Erick Fedde from Double-A Harrisburg, optioned infielder Carter Kieboom to Triple-A Fresno, and placed reliever Tony Sipp on the 10-day IL due to a strained oblique.
Rendon, 28, was hit on the elbow with a pitch on April 20 against the Marlins. He played once more on the 26th before being placed on the IL. He was on fire prior to the injury, batting .356/.442/.740 with six home runs and 18 RBI in 86 plate appearances.
Fedde, 26, has just one appearance in a major league game this inning. It lasted four innings and he kept the opposition scoreless on a pair of hits and a walk with three strikeouts.
Kieboom, 21, brought some hype when he was called up, but struggled over 11 games. He hit .128/.209/.282 with a pair of solo home runs across 43 trips to the plate.
Sipp, 35, has allowed six runs on nine hits and four walks with eight strikeouts across nine innings of work to date.
The Braves and Marlins have some bad blood, especially concerning Ronald Acuña Jr. Around this time last year, José Ureña intentionally threw at Acuña in the first at-bat of a game, leading to a benches-clearing incident. Acuña was hit on the elbow and exited the game but was ultimately fine. Acuña’s crime? Just being good at baseball. At the time, he had homered in five consecutive games, including three games against the Marlins.
In 2019, the first-place Braves and last-place Marlins have mostly minded their own business. The Marlins, however, can certainly keep a grudge it appears. With his first pitch in the bottom of the first inning Tuesday night in Atlanta, Marlins starter Elieser Hernández hit Acuña in the hip.
Home plate umpire Alan Porter issued warnings to both dugouts. Braves manager Brian Snitker wasn’t happy about his side having received a warning for no reason, and was ejected by first base umpire Mark Wegner. Hernández would hit Adeiny Hechavarría with a pitch in the fourth inning — seemingly unintentionally — and was not ejected. Other than that, there were no more incidents and cooler heads prevailed.
Acuña finished 1-for-4 in the Braves’ 5-1 win. Freddie Freeman hit two home runs and knocked in four runs.