Braves Catcher To Have Season-Ending Wrist Surgery

After signing a 2-year, $8M deal in the offseason to serve as the Atlanta Braves backup catcher, Manny Pina's season is already over. 

David O'Brien, Braves writer for The Athletic, says that Pina suffered ligament and cartilage damage in his left wrist and will have season-ending surgery to “clean it up,” according to Braves manager Brian Snitker.

Pina managed to play just 5 games this season for the Braves, going 2-for-14 with 2 RBIs. Over nine seasons in the bigs, he has a .243 average, with a .722 OPS and 42 career home runs. 

He was placed on the IL last month with what was called wrist inflammation, but an MRI has provided a more dire diagnosis. 

The Braves still have the 35-year-old under contract for next season.

“We got him for a reason, having an experienced catcher like that,” Snitker said. That, unfortunately, will now have to wait until 2023. 

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