Swanson was hitting 7-for-27 (.259) with a double and a 2:6 BB:K when spring training was suspended. The spring numbers weren't impressive, but Swanson had nothing to prove in camp. The 26-year-old hit the ball a little harder in 2019 and saw a slight uptick in his power numbers as a result, but as yet his long-anticipated breakout hasn't occurred. Swanson is locked into the starting shortstop role in a loaded Atlanta lineup.
Swanson agreed to a one-year, $3.15 million contract with the Braves on Friday, avoiding arbitration, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports. Swanson had a solid 2019 with a .251/.325/.422 slash line with 17 home runs, 10 stolen bases and 65 RBI in 127 games, and he gets just over $3 million in his first year of arbitration eligibility. The 25-year-old is primed for another season as Atlanta's starting shortstop in 2020.
Swanson is not in Thursday's lineup against the Phillies. He is hitting just .156 with zero home runs and one steal in 19 games since coming off the injured list. Adeiny Hechavarria is starting at shortstop and hitting fifth.
Swanson is not in the lineup Saturday against the Nationals. Swanson has hit just .125/.243/.156 in nine games since returning from a foot contusion. Adeiny Hechavarria will take over at shortstop for Saturday's contest.
Swanson is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Blue Jays. Swanson has gone 0-for-8 with four strikeouts in a pair of games since returning from the injured list. He'll give way to Adeiny Hechavarria at shortstop for Wednesday's series finale as the Braves look to ease him back into action following nearly a month-long stay on the shelf.