Due to the shortened spring camp this year, MLB rosters were allowed to expand to 28 players during the month of April. However, now that we’re into May, active big league rosters must go back down to 26. And following Sunday’s loss to the Rangers, it appears the Braves made its two cuts, optioning two prospects to Triple-A Gwinnett, in lefty Kyle Muller and righty William Woods.
The moves aren’t surprising, as Muller and Woods were obviously the final two names on the active roster – each having been recalled just this past week. In fact, the former started last night’s big league game in Texas, and the latter worked out of the Atlanta bullpen on Sunday and this past Wednesday against the Cubs.
In terms of results, well… Muller heads back down to the minors having struggled mightily in his one outing. Against the Rangers, the southpaw didn’t even make it out of the third inning as he gave up a whopping seven runs from four hits, including six walks. Whether it’s just a matter of Muller not being ready, or him still trying to find his groove this season, those type of numbers just won’t cut in the majors. Woods, on the other hand, did well in his two big league opportunities, combining to pitch two scoreless innings overall, to go with two hits allowed, two strikeouts and one walk. I mean, it’s only a pair of frames worth of numbers, but regardless, the righty delivered.
No matter their respective results with Atlanta this past week, make no mistake – both Muller and Woods are bound to receive another shot in the majors in 2022. It’s a long regular season and injuries are bound to happen.