VIzcaino (shoulder) played catch Wednesday, David O'Brien of The Athletic Atlanta reports. While this is an encouraging step for Vizcaino, he still needs to progress through the multiple stages of a throwing program before being cleared to rejoin the Braves sometime in September. The right-hander has been on the disabled list since July 14 with shoulder inflammation. A.J. Minter should continue to fill in as the team's closer in the meantime.
Vizcaino (shoulder) is scheduled to resume throwing Wednesday, Gabe Burns of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. As expected, Vizcaino has been cleared to resume throwing for the first time since landing on the disabled list nearly a month ago with shoulder inflammation. He'll still need to progress to mound work and complete a minor-league rehab assignment before rejoining the Braves, likely leaving him at least a couple of weeks away. A more concrete timetable for his return should emerge as he ramps up his throwing. In the meantime, A.J. Minter should continue to fill in as the team's closer.
Manager Brian Snitker said Vizcaino (shoulder) is scheduled to begin throwing off flat ground next week, David O'Brien of The Athletic Atlanta reports. Vizcaino hasn't thrown since landing on the disabled list just before the All-Star break, so it will likely take some time for him to get up to speed. There is unlikely to be a timetable for his return at least until the 27-year-old begins throwing off a mound. A.J. Minter should continue as the Braves' closer in his absence.
Manager Brian Snitker said Monday that Vizcaino (shoulder) is about 2-to-3 weeks away from being cleared to throw but expects the reliever to return this season, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports. Vizcaino was put on the 10-day DL due to right shoulder inflammation prior to the All-Star break. He previously spent a couple weeks on the shelf due to the same issue in late June and appeared to have rushed back quicker than he should've, which is why the Braves shut him down from all activities. Snitker added that because he's a reliever and won't require a long process of stretching his arm back out, there's optimism that he will have the requisite time to recover and return to the bullpen later on this year. That said, Snitker didn't offer up a projected timetable on Vizcaino, though more should be known once he's cleared to resume throwing in August.
Vizcaino's save opportunities could be matchup-dependent as the Braves ease him back from the disabled list, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Vizcaino has made two appearances -- both non-save situations -- since coming off the disabled list last Tuesday with right shoulder inflammation. Manager Brian Snitker indicated the Braves are trying to give the 27-year-old an easy transition from the DL, which includes providing him the best possible matchups. A.J. Minter and Dan Winkler may see a few save opportunities in the meantime, but Vizcaino seems likely to regain his hold on the closer's role after the All-Star break given his 1.71 ERA and 1.14 WHIP.