Newcomb is in line to start Thursday's game against the Giants, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports.

Though Bartolo Colon (oblique) is on track to come off the 10-day disabled list to start Wednesday, his return won't result in Newcomb losing his rotation spot after the rookie impressed in his first two big-league outings. Manager Brian Snitker will roll out a six-man rotation this week, but it's unknown whether the Braves will carry forth with the experiment beyond that. If Newcomb continues to pitch well Thursday, he might not even have to worry much about losing his starting role if the Braves ultimately revert to a five-man setup, as 40-somethings Colon (7.78 ERA, 1.71 WHIP in 59 innings) and R.A. Dickey (5.35 ERA, 1.51 WHIP in 77.1 innings) may not have much more margin for error at this point.

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