Mike Foltynewicz can throw a ball 100 mph, but like so many pitchers who can throw a ball 100 mph, he doesn't always know where it's going. The Braves gave the former Astro a chance to test his electric arsenal in the majors last year, and he gave the resounding impression that he's still a work in progress. He does continue to make progress, though, reducing his walk rate to the point that now his command issues show up more in his home run rate than anywhere else, and introducing a slider last year that helped him get more swings and misses at Triple-A. Foltynewicz would probably compete for a rotation spot this spring if he wasn't still recovering from surgery to remove half a rib, which was made necessary because of a blood clot in his arm late last season. Still, his stuff and eventual opportunity make him a sleeper pick in NL-only leagues.
Foltynewicz (illness) could begin the season on the disabled list, MLB.com reports. A blood clot in his right arm gave Foltynewicz a major scare at the end of last season -- doctors said it was life-threatening -- and forced him to undergo surgery in September to remove the anterior half of his first rib. Fortunately, the 24-year-old was said to be looking good physically and emotionally as he played long toss at Turner Field on Monday, but he will be a couple weeks behind schedule when spring training begins later this month. Down approximately 15 pounds from a season ago, Foltynewicz seems to have the floor of a late-inning reliever, but the rebuilding Braves could give him another chance in the rotation once he's back to full strength.
Braves pitcher Mike Foltynewicz (blood clots) had successful surgery Monday to remove the anterior half of his first rib. The rookie hurler was hospitalized with blood clots in his arm over the weekend. The whole situation sounds a lot like thoracic outlet syndrome, a condition that has significantly impacted the careers of a number of MLB pitchers, including Chris Carpenter, Josh Beckett and Jaime Garcia. The Braves indicated that Foltynewicz will be released from the hospital Thursday and will be on blood thinners for at least six weeks. His season is certainly over at this point.
Braves pitcher Mike Foltynewicz (illness) was admitted to the hospital Sunday with blood clots in his right arm, Kevin McAlpin of Sports Radio 680 The Fan reports. Foltynewicz was believed to be dealing with an illness of some kind, and now it appears a blood clot may have been the cause. Fortunately, the issue was caught, which should prevent it from causing too much damage, but it seems unlikely he'll pitch again this season.
Braves pitcher Mike Foltynewicz will begin playing catch Thursday, reports MLB.com. Foltynewicz is on the DL as he tries to regain his strength after battling pneumonia. He also has a rib injury.
Braves pitcher Mike Foltynewicz was placed on the 15-day disabled list with inflammation near his rib area, reports the team's radio network. With Foltynewicz on the DL, the team will turn to Williams Perez to start Wednesday's game against Miami. Perez went 4-5 with a 5.56 ERA in 14 starts earlier this season.