The Atlanta Braves lineup on Tuesday night featured two players who previously were part of the Los Angeles Dodgers organization. Of the two, Juan Uribe spent the most time with the Dodgers and undeniably is the more recognizable name to Dodgers fans.
The other was Ryan Lavarnway, who started behind the plate and hit eighth. The Dodgers claimed Lavarnway was claimed off waivers from the Boston Red Sox back on Dec. 5, then designated the catcher for assignment five days later.
Lavarnway was claimed off waivers by the Chicago Cubs and spent some time with the Baltimore Orioles before agreeing to a Minor League deal with the Braves. With Atlanta holding a 4-3 lead in the sixth inning, Lavarnway led off with a hard-hit shot that carried over Yasiel Puig’s head and one-hopped against the fence.
Lavarnway pushed his luck by attempting to leg out a double, only to suffer the same fate as several others, most recently Milwaukee Brewers third baseman Aramis Ramirez, as Puig threw a strike to second base to easily gun down the catcher. Earlier in the game Puig hit a solo home run, but the Braves got the last laugh as they walked away with a win.