The rookie shortstop has looked pretty comfortable in the seventh spot in the lineup, where he's gone 3-for-8 in the last two games. Strikeouts will always be an issue for him, but his power (13 home runs and 29 total extra-base hits) and ability to produce runs (35) more than make up for his lack of contact.
His season-long struggles have been compounded recently by a run of bad luck -- Aybar missed a start last week after getting a chicken bone stuck in his throat -- but it seems the shortstop has avoided a serious injury. X-rays were negative after Aybar was hit by an Adam Conley pitch in the fourth inning of Friday's game.
Filling in for Matt Carpenter, who is away from the team on the paternity list, Garcia is making the most of his surge in playing time. However, Carpenter will be returning in the next day or so meaning either a spot on the bench or a trip back to Triple-A, Memphis.
It wasn't enough to overcome a five-run Cardinals' third inning. Regularly hitting near the bottom of the Nationals' order, he sports a weak .203 average but does provide a little pop with five home runs and 18 RBI.
Aybar was 0-for-1 prior to leaving the game. He was replaced in the lineup by Daniel Castro. His status for Saturday's matchup is up in the air. Expect an update when more information becomes available.
He'll travel to Pittsburgh for further evaluation, but it wouldn't be surprising to see the No. 1 draft choice miss at least a month. Newman is hitting .346/.414/.444 in 38 games this season.
Arcia's stolen base numbers appear to be down a bit, but he is otherwise flashing his expected skill set. Arcia has the ability to hit .300 with a little pop and a bunch of steals. Jonathan Villar is playing well at shortstop for the big cub, though, so Arcia will likely bide his time in the minors for the time being.
Diff does have 18 steals in 43 games, but has otherwise struggled in 2016. Overall he is batting just .230/.317/.267. He is still looking for his first home runs of the year.
Cabrera has been moved up to second in the lineup against the Dodgers uber-prospect Julio Urias while slotting in at his usual shortstop position.
Many of the Braves' infield options have been struggling at the plate this season, and Brignac was no different. In his limited at-bats, the 30-year-old could only muster a .207 batting average with three runs and a lone RBI. This performance led the Braves to send him off the 40-man roster, presumably in favor of younger players in the organization. A corresponding move has yet to be made, but Atlanta will likely need a new reserve infielder while Brignac heads to the minors to act as organizational depth.