The Atlanta Braves have largely weathered the storm of injuries that have befallen them this season. Max Fried is back, Kyle Wright is on the mend and rehabbing, and Ozzie Albies was only out for a little while before making his return. However, one name that we haven't heard about in a while is lefty reliever Dylan Lee.
Lee had been dealing with issues with his throwing shoulder and has been out since the middle of May. However, fans finally got some information on Lee in August when it was revealed that he had been working out and eventually got put out on a rehab assignment.
With fans growing more and more impatient with every shaky bullpen performance lately, it looks like reinforcements have finally arrived.
Dylan Lee and Forrest Wall return to the Braves, Sam Hilliard moved to the 60 day injured list
When he is healthy, Lee has been a reliable reliever from the left side for the Braves over the last couple of seasons. Last season alone, he posted a 2.13 ERA in 46 appearances. It is hard to know for sure how he will perform the rest of the way given the length of time he was on the shelf, but getting a fresh arm for the bullpen is certainly good news.
The Braves also recalled Forrest Wall back to the majors which was nice to see. Wall gives the Braves some more depth in the outfield as well as a very strong candidate as a pinch runner if/when the need arises down the stretch. If Wall sees a lot of playing time, then something probably has gone very wrong. However, he is a great roleplayer for the bench.
To make room on the 40 man, the Braves moved Sam Hilliard to the 60 day IL. Hilliard has been out since the middle of July with a heel contusion. While he did start a rehab assignment at the beginning of August, Hilliard reinjured his heel and hasn't played in minors since August 5th. Putting him on the 60 day IL all but guarantees that he won't play for the Braves the rest of the season barring some last minute shenanigans.