The Braves have transferred pitcher Gavin Floyd to the 60-day disabled list on Thursday. He is not expected to pitch again this season. The team also designated right-hander Luis Vasquez for assignment to clear up roster space.
The Braves have optioned right-handers Juan Jaime and Luis Vasquez, catcher Christian Bethancourt and center fielder Todd Cunningham to Triple-A and shortstop Elmer Reyes to Double-A. None of the moves are considered a surprise.
Braves pitcher Luis Vasquez threw live batting practice Wednesday and will do so again Friday, MLB.com reports. "I felt good and that's what we're looking for," Vasquez said after the session. If Vasquez gets through Friday's batting-practice session without issue, he'll move on to Grapefruit League action. He's battling for a bullpen job this spring after going 3-3 with a 2.52 ERA in 35 2/3 innings of work in the minors last season.
Braves pitcher Luis Vasquez is dealing with a strained side or back muscle suffered in late January during the Dominican Winter League, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. "It's nothing big," Vasquez said. "I felt something and stopped…. Right now I don't feel nothing. But I have to wait to see the doctor before I can start throwing." Vasquez reported to camp Monday after visa issues and could begin workouts as soon as Tuesday if he gets the doctor's clearance. He could be a favorite for a bullpen spot after an impressive DWL performance this offseason.
Braves pitcher Luis Vasquez is delayed by visa issues, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Vasquez is one of three Braves pitchers who are delayed, but he has the best chance of making the team's opening day roster. Vasquez was signed to a minor-league deal after performing well during winter ball.