Braves News: Jesse Chavez exits game after getting hit by a comebacker

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Jesse Chavez had to exit the game after just one batter in today’s game between the Atlanta Braves and Detroit Tigers. Miguel Cabrera hit a pitch from Chavez with an exit velocity of 99.6 mph, the ball then took one hop and hit Chavez very solidly in the lower part of the leg.

Chavez was on the ground as the play continued and had to be helped of the field by the Braves trainers. As good as Chavez has been this year, and with the manner in which he exited I’m sure Braves fans are holding their collective breath.

Chavez entered today with 1.55 ERA and 2.48 FIP via Fangraphs and is the midst of one of the best seasons in his lengthy career. Chavez was going so good recently that Braves fans everywhere started clamoring for the veteran to receive his first all-star game appearance as a 39 year-old.

This not only stings for the Braves, as they could be without one of their biggest contributors in the bullpen, but it stings for Chavez individually as well as another solid couple weeks may have earned him that all-star nod.

The way the baseball struck Chavez was eerily similar to the comebacker that knocked Charlie Morton out of game one of the 2021 World Series agaisnt the Astros. And the way Chavez exited certainly wasn’t a good sign. For now all we can do is hope for the best news from the medicals once they are available.

Stay tuned here on the site for any updates on Chavez, for as soon as we get word of the exact severity of his injury we will provide an update ourselves. For now lets hope for good news and we are blessed enough to see our favorite extravagant hat-wearing reliever on the mound sooner rather than later.