The Braves have been playing very well all year and now it looks like one of their key contributors from the start of the season is making his triumphant return.
Dansby Swanson looked like he was on the road to a big bounceback season in 2018 after a 2017 season that saw him struggle mightily at the plate. Some minor swing changes and an improved approach resulted in a .289/.336/.430 that, arguably more importantly, passed the eye test. He was not getting beat by sliders as much and he was really hitting the ball well even when those hits found gloves.
Unfortunately, he had to go on the DL due to a sore wrist that had been bothering him for a bit. Rather than take a chance and let him play through the ailment, the Braves did the right thing and gave him some time to get back to 100% which happened to coincide with the debut of Jose Bautista (which has not gone well thus far) with the team.
Now, it looks like the Braves will be getting the former #1 overall pick back.
Swanson has been activated from the DL. Wisler was optioned, but he could be a candidate to return once— Mark Bowman (@mlbbowman) May 19, 2018
Gohara is placed on the bereavement list after Wednesday’s start.
The return of Swanson likely means diminished playing time for Bautista and, in particular, Johan Camargo. Third base for the Braves is still a very open question while Austin Riley continues to get seasoning in Triple-A, but with Swanson returning to man shortstop, Camargo, Bautista, and Ryan Flaherty will have to fight for playing time at the hot corner.
In his major league career, Swanson has posted a .253/.324/.361 line in 210 career games.