As expected, the Braves activated southpaw Drew Smyly from the 10-day injured list in advance of his scheduled start tonight against the Diamondbacks. Infielder Sean Kazmar Jr. was optioned to the alternate training site to create 26-man roster room for Smyly. Outfielder Cristian Pache is also headed to the alternate site after being activated from the 10-day IL.
Smyly will make a relatively quick return after hitting the IL on April 16 (retroactive to April 13) with left forearm inflammation. While the injury wasn’t thought to be overly serious, any sort of forearm problem had to be seen as a concern given Smyly’s lengthy health history, including a past Tommy John surgery that kept him from pitching in either the 2017 or 2018 seasons.