The Atlanta Braves announced a few transactions on Thursday. Richard Lovelady was claimed off waivers by the Oakland Athletics. Lovelady was originally acquired by Atlanta on Opening Day for cash considerations.
It appears the Braves had tried to pass him through waivers but did so unsuccessfully. He'd only made five appearances for Gwinnett and they weren't very impressive outings. Lovelady hasn't pitched in a MLB game since 2021 due to Tommy John surgery.
Atlanta also announced that Orlando Arcia will be placed on the 10-day IL after being hit in the wrist during Wednesday night's game against the Reds. It was revealed after an MRI and CT scan that he has a microfracture in his left wrist. It's a shame because Arcia was turning a lot of heads with how well he'd been playing.
There hasn't been an official statement yet on who will replace Arcia at shortstop but I think it's safe to say that it will likely be Vaughn Grissom who is hitting a very impressive .366 at Triple-A Gwinnett. Mark Bowman noted that Grissom was missing from the Stripers lineup on Thursday. Grissom will get a chance to show if he's ready to take the reigns as Atlanta's starting shortstop.
The Braves made a statement as well about Ian Anderson undergoing Tommy John surgery to repair his UCL in the right elbow. It was performed successfully in Texas by Dr. Keith Meister. Here's to hoping Anderson has a speedy recovery and can return back to form when he's able to return in the next year or so.
There has been a lot of injury's popping up for the Braves over the last couple of weeks and let's hope it doesn't continue to happen. While this is the time of the year to have injuries occur, it's still tough to see Atlanta play without some of their difference makers on a nightly basis.