D'Arnaud inked a minor league contract with the Braves prior to the 2016 season after spending the majority of his previous eight seasons with the Pirates' and Phillies' minor league affiliates. The veteran shortstop began the season with Triple-A Gwinnett before being promoted to the big league club in May to provide additional infield depth. The 29-year-old got off to a hot start and worked his way into an everyday role for a few weeks in June. He eventually cooled off and finished the season with very pedestrian numbers. In 262 plate appearances, he hit .245 with one home run, 24 RBI and nine stolen bases. He has never hit for much power, and concluded the season with a slugging percentage of .335. It appears Chase d'Arnaud is forever destined for to be a reserve utility player.
D'Arnaud has gone 2-for-6 with one walk and two strikeouts during the early stages of the 2017 season. D'Arnaud has started only once this season, as he normally enters games as a pinch hitter or pinch runner. When he's stayed in the game, he's played in left field, usually replacing Jace Peterson. Emilio Bonifacio is Atlanta's fourth outfielder, ahead of d'Arnaud, and the 30-year-old utilityman could also see time in the infield, primarily at shortstop as the backup to Dansby Swanson.
D'Arnaud (illness) will man shortstop and bat second in the order in Tuesday's Grapefruit League game against the Phillies. D'Arnaud has been sidelined for much of the past two weeks with bronchitis, but after getting some swings in against minor-league pitching a day ago, the Braves have cleared him to return to spring training action. The 30-year-old is expected to vie for a utility role with the Braves, but doesn't have a clear path to everyday at-bats.
D'Arnaud (bronchitis) is scheduled to face minor league pitchers Monday and make his return to the Braves' Grapefruit League lineup Tuesday, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. The veteran utility man has missed two weeks of camp with the illness, but d'Arnaud still has plenty of time to solidify his spot on the team's bench before Opening Day.
D'Arnaud is still sidelined after developing bronchitis, Kevin McAlpin of the Braves Radio Network reports. The 30-year-old also received the instructions to stay away from camp until he's not contagious, so it seems like he'll be held out for another few days. It shouldn't be of long-term concern, however, so d'Arnaud should resume his spot as a utility player upon his return.
D'Arnaud has been battling the flu in recent days, David O'Brien of the AJC reports. The team has yet to announce how long D'Arnaud will be shelved with the illness, but O'Brien reports that the bug has hit a couple of players in the Braves' clubhouse. His temporary absence will likely lead to more at-bats for the likes of Dansby Swanson and Jace Peterson in exhibition games.
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