Atlanta Braves Closer Won't Be Ready For Opening Day; Placed On IL

The Atlanta Braves have already been dealt an early blow to their bullpen as closer Raisel Iglesias will miss the start of the season due to low-grade inflammation in his right shoulder.

Although the injury seems minor, Iglesias will not throw for a week to allow his shoulder to rest and recover. The Braves are hoping the soreness will clear up in that time, but Iglesias may still be out of action for several weeks.

This is tough news for the Braves, as Iglesias was expected to be the team's primary closer for the 2023 season.

The Braves have a couple of options to replace Iglesias in the closer role for the time being. A.J. Minter and Joe Jimenez are both candidates and will likely be given the opportunity to earn save chances.

The 33-year-old came over from the Los Angeles Angels halfway through the 2022 season, and was dominant, recording a shining 0.34 ERA, 0.84 WHIP, with 30 strikeouts across 26.1 innings and 28 appearances.
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