Braves News: Harris to begin rehab assignment, Joe Jiménez placed on Paternity List

Atlanta Braves place reliever Joe Jiménez  on paternity list.
Atlanta Braves place reliever Joe Jiménez on paternity list. / Matthew Grimes Jr./Atlanta Braves/GettyImages

This morning Atlanta Braves placed reliever Joe Jiménez on the paternity list and recalled left Danny Young to fill the bullpen vacancy.

Atlanta Braves Roster Move

The Braves acquired Jiménez from the Tigers on Pearl Harbor Day last year, sending minor leaguers Jake Higginbotham and Justyn-Henry Malloy to Detroit.

The hard-throwing right-hander’s appeared in nine games, throwing eight innings of eight-hit ball, allowing three runs, two earned, striking out 10, and walking two of 35 batters faced.

The Atlanta Braves recalled Danny Young 24 hours after optioning him to Gwinnett to open a roster spot for Collin McHugh.

A Quick Review of Options

An option refers to a year (championship season). Players typically have three option years, but like all rules, the devil is in the details.

"For the purposes of this rule, spending at least 90 days on an active Major League or Minor League roster during a given season counts as one full season. Players also earn a full season if they spend at least 30 days on an active Major League or Minor League roster, and their active roster and injured-list time amounts to at least 90 days in a given season."

MLB Glossary linked above

Players with less than five full Minor and Major League seasons combined are eligible for a fourth option year.

  • Teams may request an additional year for players who miss significant time due to injury.
  • Option years need not be used in succession; Any player with less than five years of Major League service time, who has an option year remaining, can be optioned to the minors.
  • Teams may only option a player five times per season.
  • Players with more than five years of Major League service time must agree to being optioned.
  • Optioned position players must remain in the minors for 10 days and pitchers for days before being recalled unless a player goes on the injured or paternity list.

The last item is the reason the Braves could recall Young before he packed his locker.

Atlanta Braves Rehab Notes

The same Tweet announced that Michael Harris II will make his first rehab start tonight when The Stripers play the Buffalo Bisons (Blue Jays) tonight at Coolray Field. The team gave no indication how long it would be before his return, but they’ll give him time to find his stroke,

There’s no word from the Atlanta Braves camp about Raisel Iglesias' first rehab appearance, but the club did push Michael Soroka’s next start back a day as they try to limit his innings early in the year.

That’s a Wrap

The minimum stay on the paternity list is three days, so if all goes well, White and Jiménez will return next week.

It appears the roster will resemble the one the Braves wanted to open the season around Mid-May, though Iglesias could take a little longer.