One look at Sean Rodriguezâs statistics during his two-week minor league rehab assignment would suggest that perhaps the Braves are activating the 32-year-old multi-position veteran a bit too soon. I mean, he went 3-for-39 (.077) with one double, five walks, 12 strikeouts and a .191 OBP and .103 slugging percentage in 11 games at four different levels from rookie ball to Triple-A.
That included 1-for-18 in five games with Triple-A Gwinnett, going 0-for-12 in his last three rehab games in a series at Charlotte. Rodriguez was 1-for-21 with 11 strikeouts in his final five rehab games over a five-day stretch through Saturday, then got Sunday off before heâs activated tonight along with Danny Santana in a couple of moves that should help give the Braves a bench thatâs extremely versatile and far better than the one they had for much of the early season. That is, if Rodriguez is ready.
The man had major shoulder surgery five months ago. Surgery that many of us thought would almost certainly sideline him for the entire season.
We know Santana is ready. He was playing his best baseball before going on the DL during the final series before the All-Star break with a leg infection, which thankfully for him and the Braves turned out to be nothing severe such as a staph infection that mightâve kept him out more than a month.Â Santana played three rehab games for Gwinnett Friday through Sunday and went 7-for-9 with four RBIs in the last two of them including a 5-for-5 game Saturday. Yeah, heâs ready.
Well, weâll see. But hereâs the thing: The Braves are activating him because they are that confident of the impact he can make both in the field and in the clubhouse and dugout, even if it takes a little longer for his offense to catch up.
This is a guy who has already impressed teammates, team officials and…