Collmenter cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Gwinnett on Tuesday, Grant McAuley of 92.9 The Game reports. Since reaching the majors in 2011, Collmenter has managed to finish each season with an ERA below 3.80. However, the current campaign has been a challenge for the 31-year-old righty, as he currently owns an ERA and WHIP of 9.00 and 2.06, respectively. He'll look to get back on track with Gwinnett and earn another shot in the big leagues.
Collmenter was designated for assignment by the Braves on Thursday. Collmenter had been with the Braves since the start of the season, accumulating 17 innings across 11 appearances. Wednesday's horrific outing was the last straw, however, as the 31-year-old surrendered seven earned runs to bring his ERA up 9.00 on the year. The long ball has been especially troublesome, as Collmenter has allowed seven on the year, with three of them coming in Wednesday's outing.
Collmenter (0-2) gave up seven runs on six hits and a walk in the 10th inning of Wednesday's loss to the Pirates. After the Pirates went ahead against him, manager Brian Snitker left Collmenter in to take his lumps and save the rest of the bullpen, and he proceeded to give up three homers in his inning of work. With his 9.00 ERA and 2.06 WHIP in mostly low-leverage work out of Atlanta's bullpen, it's hard to imagine the sort of fantasy roster where Collmenter might find a home.
Collmenter will be available to pitch in Friday's game against the Phillies, David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Collmenter pitched three shutout innings Wednesday against the Nationals, but he did give up five hits and a walk in that game. Collmenter is typically used in extended relief situations, but those looking for a source of strikeouts will want to look elsewhere. For his career, Collmenter has career K/9 of just 6.3.
Collmenter threw two shutout innings in Tuesday's Grapefruit League game against the Cardinals, allowing two hits. He came on in relief of Mike Foltynewicz, and long relief seems to be the job Collmenter is ticketed for this season after the Braves bolstered their rotation over the winter. The 31-year-old can barely break 85 mph with his fastball, but despite his lack of raw stuff he's never posted an ERA over 3.79, or a WHIP over 1.26, in six big league seasons, and he should be able to provide effective innings out of the Braves' bullpen in 2017.
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