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When will Raisel Iglesias return to Braves bullpen this season?

We’ve got the latest updates for Raisel Iglesias and when he’ll return in 2023.

Raisel Iglesias #26.of the Atlanta Braves poses for a photo during the Atlanta Braves Photo Day at CoolToday Park on Friday, February 24, 2023 in North Port, Florida Photo by Mike Carlson/MLB Photos via Getty Images

The Atlanta Braves have started the season strong with a 3-1 record heading into Tuesday, April 4. They have yet to have any save opportunities present themselves from how well the lineup is swinging it. If they did, they would be without their starting closer, Raisel Iglesias. He picked up a shoulder injury in spring training and started the season on the 15-day IL.

Raisel Iglesias injury update

5/5 Update: Iglesias has been activated off the IL by the Braves ahead of their series against the Orioles. Dylan Dodd was sent down to Triple-A Gwinnett.

5/4 Update: Iglesias is expected to rejoin the Atlanta bullpen sometime during the upcoming weekend series against the Baltimore Orioles. The Braves’ lineup has been on fire this season, and they can use a reliable closer to seal close games.

4/11 Update: There was hope that Iglesias would be able to return around April 15, but that doesn’t seem likely based on his rehab progression. As of April 10, Iglesias has not resumed throwing. As such, his projected return has been pushed back until April 25.

Iglesias is expected to be sidelined until at least April 15. This would assume that he doesn’t experience any setbacks and was able to maintain some form of throwing program while recovering. As of Monday, April 3, Iglesias hadn’t resumed throwing, per CBS Sports.

The Braves acquired Iglesias at the 2022 MLB trade deadline from the Los Angeles Angels. He totaled 67 appearances between the two clubs and had a 2-6 record with 17 saves. With how deep Atlanta’s pen was last year, Iglesias served as more of a setup man to then-closer Kenley Jansen. Iglesias was deemed the closer prior to his injury and presumes to slot back in when he returns unless current closer AJ Minter is dominating.