Hechavarria signed a one-year contract with the Chiba Lotte Marines of Nippon Professional Baseball on Friday, The Japan Times reports.
Hechavarria missed out on a postseason roster spot with Atlanta in 2020, and he'll now spend at least one year in Japan. The 31-year-old slashed .254/.302/.305 with two RBI over 63 plate appearances during the abbreviated 2020 season.
The Braves optioned Hechavarria to their alternate training site Wednesday.
Hechavarria missed out on one of three available reserve infielder roles on Atlanta's roster for its wild-card series with the Reds. The Braves will instead go with Charlie Culberson, Johan Camargo and Pablo Sandoval as their reserve options.
Hechavarria is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Red Sox.
Hechavarria had started the previous four games at third base in place of the injured Austin Riley (quadriceps), but the newly called up Pablo Sandoval will man the hot corner for Atlanta in the club's regular-season finale. The Braves remain optimistic that Riley will be ready to go for the start of the postseason, so Hechavarria's playing time was already set to take a hit even before Sandoval's promotion.
Hechavarria is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Marlins.
Hechavarria had started at second base in each of the Braves' last three games, but he'll retreat to the bench on a full-time basis after Atlanta reinstated Ozzie Albies (wrist) from the injured list ahead of Wednesday's contest. The veteran will at least stick around as Albies' top backup after the Braves optioned Johan Camargo to their alternate training site.
Hechavarria will start at second base and will bat eighth Monday against the Marlins.
The 31-year-old will crack the lineup for the second straight day after going 2-for-5 with a run scored in Sunday's 10-3 win over the Nationals. Most of Hechavarria's value to the Braves comes from his strong work in the field, and that may be enough for him to stick around in a timeshare at the keystone with Johan Camargo, whose .611 OPS on the season is only 89 points better than Hechavarria's mark. Both players will fade into full-time reserve roles, however, once Ozzie Albies (wrist) is reinstated from the injured list.
Hechavarria isn't in the lineup Wednesday against the Yankees.
Hechavarria will take a seat for the third time in the past four games even with Ozzie Albies (wrist) still on the injured list. Johan Camargo is starting at second base Wednesday, batting seventh.
Hechavarria is not in the lineup for Game 2 of Sunday's doubleheader against the Phillies.
Hechavarria received the start in Game 1 and went 0-for-3 with a strikeout, but he should continue to see regular time at second base while Ozzie Albies (wrist) remains sidelined. Johan Camargo will operate at the keystone in Game 2 for Atlanta.
Hechavarria went 2-for-3 in Saturday's 5-0 loss to the Phillies.
Atlanta only managed four hits in total off Jake Arrieta and the Philly bullpen, so Hechavarria's performance stands out. The veteran infielder came into the game having gone 1-for-11 on the year, but he should continue to get consistent playing time at second base while Ozzie Albies (wrist) is on the mend.
Hechavarria will start at second base and bat ninth Sunday against the Mets.
He'll be making his second start of the series in place of Ozzie Albies, who continues to manage a wrist injury. Manager Brian Snitker characterized Albies' absence from the lineup Sunday as more of a maintenance day, so Hechavarria doesn't look like he'll be in line to fill an everyday role in the near future.
Hechavarria (oblique) is in the lineup for Saturday's spring game against the Rays, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports.
Hechavarria has been sidelined since Feb. 26, but he is ready to get back on the field. He will start at shortstop Saturday and hit eighth in the Braves' batting order.
Hechavarria (oblique) will return to action Saturday, David O'Brien of The Athletic reports.
Hechavarria has been out just over a week with an oblique issue. The issue didn't appear to be particularly serious, and he'll still have plenty of time to stake his claim for a bench spot.
Hechevarria (oblique) will be re-evaluated Friday and could be back in the lineup this weekend, Tim Tucker of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
The veteran infielder got in five spring at-bats before being shut down with an oblique strain last week. Hechavarria is expected to be one of Atlanta's top bench options this season after slashing .328/.400/.639 in 24 games for the club at the end of 2019.
Hechavarria was scratched from the Braves' lineup for Thursday's Grapefruit League game against the Cardinals due to left oblique tightness.
Atlanta is taking some extra caution with Hechavarria and viewing him as day-to-day after the injury cropped up during batting practice. The 30-year-old is expected to serve as a backup infielder for the Braves this season.
Hechavarria signed a one-year, $1 million contract with the Braves on Thursday, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports.
Hechavarria served as a versatile infielder for the Mets and Braves last season as he recorded a .241/.299/.443 slash line with nine home runs over 84 games. The 30-year-old saw inconsistent playing time in the majors last year, and his production doesn't suggest that he'll see a large bump in playing time unless injuries occur.
Hechavarria went 3-for-5 with two homers and three RBI in Sunday's 7-6 loss to the Mets.
Hechavarria played the clutch role Sunday, knocking a solo homer in the ninth inning to tie the game before knocking another solo blast in the 11th. It was the first multi-homer game of his career. The 30-year-old infielder went deep a career-high nine times this year with a .742 OPS, his first time logging an OPS over .700.
Hechavarria is out of the lineup for Monday's game against the Rockies.
Hechavarria's week-and-a-half-long run as the Braves' everyday shortstop looks like it will officially come to an end Monday with Dansby Swanson (foot) returning from the 10-day injured list and immediately re-entering the lineup. While starting the past nine contests, Hechavarria provided an .845 OPS, but the strong performance in that small sample won't override his largely unimpressive body of work at the dish over parts of eight seasons in the big leagues. He'll likely be limited to a utility infield role over the final month of the campaign and probably won't pick up more than a start or two per week.
Hechavarria went 1-for-2 with a walk, a two-run home run and a second run scored in Wednesday's win over the Marlins.
The veteran infielder is off to a quick start with Atlanta, hitting .357 (5-for-14) through his first five games with three of his five hits (two doubles and Wednesday's homer) going for extra bases. Hechavarria's numbers on the season are a lot less palatable, however -- including his time with the Mets, he's slashing .218/.278/.391.
Hechavarria will bat eighth and make a fifth consecutive start at shortstop Wednesday against the Marlins.
The Braves have wasted no time in installing Hechavarria into an everyday role after inking him to a one-year deal last Friday. Atlanta ideally envisions Hechavarria moving into a depth role at some point in September, but he'll see steady work in the middle infield while top shortstop Dansby Swanson (foot) remains on the mend. Hechavarria offers some value with the glove but has supplied a .214/.271/.370 slash line (70 wRC+) across 166 plate appearances with the Braves and Mets in 2019.
Hechavarria was signed by the Braves on Friday, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports.
Hechavarria was released by the Mets on Wednesday, but now finds himself with the Braves. He'll likely provide depth at shortstop with Dansby Swanson (foot) still on the injured list. Johan Camargo and Adam Duvall were optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett, while Bryse Wilson was recalled in corresponding moves.
Hechavarria was released by the Mets on Wednesday, Matt Ehalt of Yahoo Sports reports.
Hechavarria will hit the open market after being designated for assignment by the Mets last week and passing though waivers unclaimed. In 60 big-league games this season, the 30-year-old Hechavarria hit just .204 with five home runs and three stolen bases in 151 plate appearances.
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|2018||AFA-Charlotte Stone Crab||2||8||0||1||0||0||0||1||--||3||0||0||.125||.125||.125|