Krol chose to become a free agent after being outrighted from the Braves 40-man roster Wednesday, Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports. Krol threw 49 innings over 51 games for the Braves this season. In that time he posted a lofty 5.33 ERA and 1.45 WHIP. Coming off a 2016 campaign in which he built a 3.18 ERA and 1.31 WHIP across 51 frames (63 games) his latest showing was certainly a disappointment. At 26 years old, it's not out of the question for Krol to get back on track. However, he'd likely be used in low leverage situations if a club opts to sign him.
Krol (oblique) was activated from the 10-day DL on Friday, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports. Although Krol has been at full health for the past few days, the club chose to wait until September to reinstate the southpaw since there wouldn't be any need for a corresponding roster move. He's been out for almost a month with a strained left oblique, but was able to get four rehab appearances in over the past couple weeks, and should be available out of Atlanta's bullpen moving forward.
Krol (oblique) is expected to be activated from the disabled list Sept. 1, David O'Brien of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. The Braves will wait to activate Krol from the DL until rosters expand at the beginning of September so that they can avoid making a corresponding roster move. Upon his eventual activation, Krol figures to carry little fantasy value as he won't see many high-leverage situations and currently owns a 5.75 ERA and 1.52 WHIP
Krol landed on the 10-day DL with a strained left oblique prior to Friday's game. Krol has been in the midst of a rough season, accumulating a 5.75 ERA and 1.52 WHIP over the course of 40.2 relief innings. His latest appearance came against the Dodgers on Thursday, where he allowed one earned run off one hit and a pair of walks during two innings. There has yet to be word on any sort of timetable for Krol's return, but he could miss an extended period of time depending on the severity of the strain.
Krol is on pace to have the worst ERA of his career, as he currently sports a 6.03 mark. His previous career worst came in 2015 with Detroit when he posted an ERA of 5.79 in 28 big-league innings. He has already pitched 37.1 innings this season and looks to be resembling the pitcher we saw back then and not the reliever who posted an ERA of 3.18 in 51 innings last season.