ATLANTA – The Atlanta Braves pitching team has received a couple of hits, with starter Sean Newcomb sent to Triple-A Gwinnett and closer Arodys Vizcaino on the disabled list on Sunday.
Newcomb, a member of the rotation since June 2017, could not maintain a 4-0 lead in the Braves' victory over the New York Mets on Saturday and was retired after allowing five hits, four runs and two bases per balls in 1 turn.
Vizcaino is marginalized by an inflammation in his right shoulder (throwing). He has been injured several times in his career and felt pain while heating up on Saturday night.
Relievers Dan Winkler and Jacob Webb were removed from Gwinnett in the corresponding moves.
Newcomb, selected in the first round of 2014 that was hit by a no-hitter last July, struggled in spring training, allowing 17 hits, 12 runs and 15 walks in 21 innings. He has fought to constantly attack the attack area, although the Braves trust their things.
"I told him that last night, when I sent him down, it's up to him," manager Brian Snitker said on Sunday. "He'll have to take stock of this and make it happen constantly, we've seen what he can do, I love what he can do, his arm, everything, but it's the consistency."
"A game like yesterday when we scored those races, you have to go out and stretch the game.
Touki Toussaint, who threw six strong innings in relay to Newcomb, will take his place in the rotation. Snitker expects ace Mike Foltynewicz, on the disabled list since the start of the season with a stimulus in his right elbow, to have solid results in his third consecutive appearance in rehab on Monday with Gwinnett.
"That's going to be a big key," Snitker said. "If it feels good, it will come at some point during the weekend."
A.J. Minter approaches the role of full time and closes with Vizcaino. Vizcaino has 50 saves in his last five years with Atlanta, but underwent an elbow ligament replacement surgery in 2012 and was excluded twice with shoulder swelling last year.
"I think it's been bothering him," Snitker said. "I waited for his speed to increase, I thought maybe once he got into the real games, he would make it, he got over it, but I think when he was heating the night before, I think he could not do it, it's a big loss." For us, that's for sure. "