The 2016 season was a bit of a rollercoaster for Josh Collmenter, who began the year on the disabled list with the Diamondbacks. After his return from the DL, he posted a 4.84 ERA and 1.43 WHIP over 22.1 innings in relief. The veteran pitcher was released by the D-Backs in early August and was scooped up by the Cubs shortly thereafter. He sported a 2.25 ERA in four starts with the Cubs' Triple-A affiliate before being traded to the Braves in early September. The 30-year-old made three late-season starts with the Braves and was quite impressive in those outings, posting a 2.37 ERA with a 16:5 K:BB over 19 innings. Collmenter is under contract with the Braves for 2017 and his strong finish to the season may put him in the mix to compete for a starting role in the back-end of the Braves' rotation.
Collmenter agreed to a one-year deal with the Braves on Monday, avoiding arbitration, David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. After joining the Braves toward the end of last season, Collmenter proved to be a solid starter for Atlanta, going 2-0 with a 2.37 ERA and a 1.05 WHIP. The right-hander should be able to compete for a rotation spot if he can perform anywhere near this level during spring training.
Collmenter pitched seven innings, allowing one run on six hits and no walks while striking out four in Thursday's no-decision against Philadelphia. Collmenter made three starts for the Braves since being acquired, all of which came in the second half of September. He went 2-0 with a 2.37 ERA and 16 strikeouts over 19 innings. It was quite an impressive set of outings considering he had not started a game since June 7, 2015.
Collmenter (3-0) allowed two runs on five hits and two walks over seven innings in Thursday's road win against Miami. He's won a pair of starts since coming over to the Braves earlier this month. Collmenter will get a chance to close out his unimpressive, injury-shortened 2016 campaign on a high note against the Phillies next week.
Collmenter (2-0) struck out eight and gave up two earned runs on four hits and three walks over five innings in a 7-3 victory over the Nationals on Saturday. The veteran was making his first start at the major league level in more than 15 months and acquitted himself well against a potent Nationals lineup. Collmenter missed plenty of bats, generating 13 swinging strikes over his 94 pitches. The one hitter he couldn't solve was Trea Turner, who touched up the 30-year-old for a pair of solo homers in the first and fifth innings, respectively. Collmenter may be moved to the bullpen for the balance of the campaign, but Saturday's outing certainly provided reason for optimism should he get another turn in the rotation.
Collmenter will start Saturday against the Nationals, David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. As expected, Collmenter will step in Saturday for his first major league start in more than 15 months. Collmenter struggled out of the Arizona bullpen this year and was ultimately released, but he was sharp during a four-start run with the Cubs' Triple-A Iowa affiliate (2.25 ERA, 1.31 WHIP). He threw 91 pitches in his final start for Iowa back on Sept. 3.