The Atlanta Braves have been very busy shuffling their roster in order to cover innings during the early portion of the 2023 season. With Kyle Wright still on the mend and Max Fried going on the injured list, the team has had to be a bit creative with their roster moves to make things work without depleting their bullpen.
Jared Shuster has been the latest guy the Braves have shuffled back and forth from Gwinnett in order to eat innings. While Shuster had a great spring, his appearances in the regular season have been decided uneven, especially early in games, so far and it looks like he has lost out on a consistent roster spot to Dylan Dodd, at least in the short term, given today's roster news.
Atlanta Braves option Jared Shuster back to Gwinnett, bring up Danny Young
Part of the issue when it comes to Shuster is his short-term availability. Shuster just made a start against the Padres and with the Braves needing an extra bullpen arm, optioning him made the most sense especially given his struggles thus far. He hasn't been "bad" per se, but he certainly hasn't solidified a role in the Braves rotation so far. With the reporting that Kyle Wright should be making his 2023 season debut against the Reds, that is one less arm needed in the rotation for the moment.
The Braves added Danny Young back on a minor league deal during a flurry of minor league deals back in November. Calling him up gives the Braves another lefty in the bullpen after Lucas Luetge has appeared in back to back games against the Padres with varying results.
To add Young, the Braves made room on the 40 man roster by designating Seth Elledge for assignment. Elledge has been in the organization for a couple of seasons now, but has yet to make an appearance in the big leagues for the Braves. Elledge has made a pair of scoreless appearances for Gwinnett in 2023, but he doesn't SEEM like a guy that will struggle to get through waivers.