Braves activate Raisel Iglesias from IL, call up Braden Shewmake

Sep 25, 2022; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Atlanta Braves relief pitcher Raisel Iglesias (26)
Sep 25, 2022; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Atlanta Braves relief pitcher Raisel Iglesias (26) / Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

One thing is for certain: the Atlanta Braves certainly make things interesting every single day. It was expected that reliever Raisel Iglesias was going to be activated from the injured list as his recovery from shoulder inflammation had been going quite well.

What we didn't expect to happen was the sheer amount of moves we ended up getting on Friday.

There is a lot to unpack here, so we will start with the somewhat expected Raisel Iglesias move. Iglesias had been pitching well down in Gwinnett and looked healthy while manager Brian Snitker was pretty clear that Dylan Dodd was making a spot start yesterday and would likely head back to Gwinnett, so that move is straight forward and gives the Braves' bullpen a huge boost.

Calling up Braden Shewmake is a really interesting development and it will be interesting to see how the Braves employ him because simply replacing Ehire Adrianza on the bench (who was placed on the injured list with elbow inflammation) with a prospect like Shewmake seems to imply that Shewmake will see more than token playing time. That leads one to wonder if the Braves feel as though Vaughn Grissom's struggles defensively are enough to give Shewmake a shot even if there is a drop-off offensively. Don't be surprised if Atlanta has Shewmake starting at short a good bit especially if there is a right-hander on the mound against them.

Finally, we now know that Travis d'Arnaud is heading out on rehab assignment after it has taken a while for him to recover from a concussion. The Braves are going to be careful with TdA for sure and with Sean Murphy playing so well, there isn't a huge rush on Travis' recovery. However, it will sure be nice to have TdA back and healthy especially if Marcell Ozuna's surge against the Marlins doesn't stick.