While the Atlanta Braves appeared to turn a corner over the course of the last week, Tuesday night indicated just how much of a grind this 60-game season has become.
Sean Newcomb retired just four batters in a blowout loss to the Phillies, and the Braves responded by optioning him to the Alternate Training site in Gwinnett after the game.
Atlanta called up RHP Bryse Wilson for the corresponding move, but manager Brian Snitker declined to say whether Wilson was just bullpen insurance, or under consideration to make the next start in Newcomb's place in the rotation.
The Batter Up! Podcast tackled the latest opening in what has been a fluid part of the Braves roster.
Caleb Johnson has remained a big proponent of using LHP prospect Tucker Davidson "Do I have any proof he's going to work out? No. I just want to see him," Johnson said. "People have been very optimistic about him, why not now, at this point."
Joe Patrick wouldn't be surprised if Davidson gets the call or if they tab RHP Patrick Weigel to make his Major League debut. He feels the Braves could also go the "opener" route, however, "If you use an opener, though, you can really only use them so often, because you're really going to tax the bullpen," Patrick said.
Will Palaszczuk has still advocated for RHP Patrick Weigel to make his Major League debut, but said, "The Braves don't seem to have the appetite to go beyond that, which would exclude top prospect Ian Anderson."