Ortega signed a minor-league contract with the Braves on Tuesday, Gabe Burns of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
In his first season with the Braves last year, Ortega had limited production, hitting .205/.271/.307 with two home runs and 10 RBI over 34 games. The 28-year-old will get the chance to develop more in the minors in 2020, although it wouldn't be surprising to see him in the majors at some point after he saw major-league action in each of the last two seasons. While the report doesn't say so explicitly, he will likely attend major-league camp for spring training.
Ortega was non-tendered by Atlanta on Monday.
Ortega slashed .205/.271/.307 with two home runs and 10 RBI over 34 games with the Braves in 2019. There's a good chance he'll need to settle for a minor-league deal to get off the open market.
Ortega will be on the Braves' NLDS roster, David O'Brien of The Athletic reports.
Ortega beat out Austin Riley for the final bench spot, though that's due more to his left-handedness than his talent. He hit just .205/.271/.307 in 34 games this season and owns a career .577 OPS.
Ortega went 2-for-5 with a two-run home run in Sunday's 7-6 loss to the Mets in 11 innings.
Ortega was able to close out the regular season on a high note, but it may not be enough for him to earn a spot on the Braves' NLDS roster as a reserve outfielder. Heading into Sunday's contest, Ortega was slashing just .108/.195/.135 in September and had seemingly fallen behind Adam Duvall and Billy Hamilton in the outfield pecking order.
Ortega came off the bench to play the final four innings of Sunday's 7-0 loss to the Nationals, going hitless in his lone plate appearance.
Ortega entered the contest as a replacement in right field for Matt Joyce, who was ejected in the top of the fifth for arguing balls and strikes. Though Ortega had seized hold of an everyday role in left field in late August, his weak production at the plate coupled with the recent return of Nick Markakis from the injured list will largely limit the 28-year-old to a reserve role the rest of the way.
Ortega is not in Wednesday's lineup against the Phillies.
He is 1-for-20 with seven strikeouts in eight games this month. Johan Camargo is starting in left field and hitting sixth.
Ortega is not starting Tuesday against the Phillies.
Ortega hits the bench after starting the last two games in left field. Austin Riley will get the nod in his place Tuesday.
Ortega remains on the bench Friday against the Nationals.
Ortega will sit for the second game in a row. He could be losing his starting role, something that wouldn't be undeserved, judging by his .224/.297/.310 slash line through 18 games. Austin Riley will get the nod in left field.
Ortega is not in Friday's lineup against the Nationals.
He heads to the bench with southpaw Patrick Corbin starting for Washington. With Austin Riley (knee) getting activated from the injured list there is one more corner outfielder in the mix for Atlanta. Riley will start in right field while Adam Duvall starts in left.
Ortega is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Mets, 680 The Fan Atlanta reports.
Ortega started five of the last six contests and will head to the bench after going 4-for-21 in that stretch. Adam Duvall will start in left field and bat fifth Sunday for the Braves.
Ortega's contract was selected from Triple-A Gwinnett on Tuesday.
Ortega will likely serve as outfield depth on the major-league roster with Nick Markakis (wrist) and Austin Riley (knee) on the 10-day injured list. The 28-year-old has put together a slash line of .285/.373/.524 with 21 home runs and 58 RBI this season at the Triple-A level. Right-handed pitcher Patrick Weigel was optioned to Gwinnett in a corresponding move.
Ortega signed a minor-league contract with the Braves on Monday which includes an invitation to spring training.
Ortega bounced between Triple-A and the majors in 2018, slashing .275/.375/.404 in 92 games for New Orleans and .233/.287/.271 in 41 games for Miami. Given his lackluster .236/.291/.286 slash line across parts of three big-league campaigns (109 games), the 27-year-old figures to serve as organizational outfield depth.
Ortega was cast off the 40-man roster and outrighted to Triple-A New Orleans on Friday, Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports.
Ortega received a decent amount of playing time after getting his contract purchased from the minors in August. He wound up slashing just .233/.287/.271 with seven RBI and five stolen bases in 41 games for Miami. It's fairly clear that the Marlins don't see a place for Ortega in their long-term plans.
Ortega is not in the lineup Thursday against the Reds, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports.
Ortega will hit the bench for Thursday's series opener as manager Don Mattingly stacks right-handed hitters against southpaw Cody Reed. Isaac Galloway gets the start in right field in his absence, hitting seventh.
Ortega is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Nationals, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports.
Ortega, who is hitting just .175/.214/.200 through 14 games in September, will take a seat for the fifth time in the last six games as Magneuris Sierra picks up another start in right field in his place. Given his recent struggles, it wouldn't be surprising if Ortega continued to cede starts to the younger Sierra over the final two weeks of the season.
Ortega is on the bench Monday against the Nationals, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports.
Ortega started 19 straight games after a mid-August call-up, but his playing time has dwindled since then. His .244/.297/.286 season line certainly suggests that he deserves no more than a small role. He'll hit the bench for the fourth time in five games, with Magneuris Sierra starting in right field.
Ortega is not in the lineup Sunday against the Phillies, Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports.
Ortega has been ice-cold in the month of September, producing just a .436 OPS in 12 games. Peter O'Brien will take his place in right field for the afternoon.
Ortega is not starting Saturday against the Phillies, Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports.
Ortega finds himself on the bench for the second time in three games. Magneuris Sierra will get the start in right field.
Ortega is not in the lineup for Game 2 of Thursday's doubleheader against the Mets, Andre Fernandez of The Athletic reports.
Ortega was a late addition to the Game 1 lineup after Austin Dean was scratched with an illness, finishing 1-for-4 with a strikeout. He'll take a seat for the second half of the doubleheader with lefty Jason Vargas starting for the Mets. Isaac Galloway is starting in right field in the nightcap.
Ortega will start in left field during Game 1 of Thursday's twin bill against the Mets, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports.
Ortega took the place of Austin Dean, who was scratched from the lineup for an undisclosed reason. Ortega will bat eighth in the order.
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