Optioning him now just skips one start for him with the big league club. He can be brought back for his next one in 10 days. Or even sooner if someone else goes on the IL. With Devers and Xander both dinged up, they need an extra position player.
Rizzo and Cron, while an upgrade, would be uninspiring. The real target should be Bryant, who is the best hitter available and makes sure you never are forced to use Plawecki at first, Dalbec at third, or JD in the outfield.
They've done that the last couple years because the visiting team's crew isn't coming for the trip. Announcers are calling remotely and no production people are there at all.
I'm not sure it's ever going back the other way even after the pandemic. The broadcast crew seems to like not having to...
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