Eddie Rosario joins the Atlanta Braves tonight for the first time since being acquired from the Cleveland Indians.
An abdominal strain had the 29-year-old slugging outfielder on the shelf for a while, but now — nearly a month after the trade — Eddie Rosario gets to wear the major league jersey of the Atlanta Braves.
He’s had a mixed 2021 season thus far, and part of that has been injury-related. In 78 games, he logged 306 plate appearances for the Tribe (or whatever they wish to be called now), batting .254 with 7 homers and 46 RBI… which is a fairly stout number under the circumstances.
During his rehab visit to Gwinnett, the hits took a while to come, resulting in a .196 overall average. But that’s misleading.
Once he started hitting, the hitting — mostly big hits — kept coming. 4 homers and 16 RBI, most of which happened in the last week-plus.
Of his 10 AAA hits, 6 were for extra bases… adding a pair of walks against 6 strikeouts (again: more of these came early in the assignment).
To make room for Rosario, Abraham Almonte was designated for assignment… pretty much as expected. There’s a fair chance that he sticks around at Gwinnett, but it’s not a lock, either.
So the lefty-hitting Rosario will be ready to play this weekend in the Giants series and then again as the team hits the road next week…