Blair is dealing with a possible lat-muscle injury suffered in Friday's start, David O'Brien of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. It's been a rocky tenure with the Braves for Blair to say the least. After posting a 7.59 ERA with the team last season, he surrendered five earned runs in his only appearance of 2017. It now appears the injury bug may have bitten him, as he was lifted from his last start for Triple-A Gwinnett after 79 pitches. The team will play it safe and send him for an MRI, after which more information should be known.
Blair was optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett after Wednesday's game. Blair has been awful for the Braves, as he owns a 7.59 ERA and 46:34 K:BB over 15 starts. The 24-year-old will try and right the ship in Triple-A. Atlanta has a day off Thursday, so the club will wait until Friday to announce the corresponding roster move.
Blair (0-1) gave up five runs on five hits and five walks over just three innings in Wednesday's loss to Arizona. The 25-year-old's poor Triple-A stats suggested something like this might happen upon his reintroduction to the big leagues, and indeed, Blair was just as bad as could be expected. There's no reason to believe he'll improve dramatically even if the Braves do let him run with a rotation spot for a while.
Blair was recalled by the Braves ahead of his scheduled start Wednesday. The right-hander will take recently traded Jaime Garcia's spot in the rotation for Wednesday's tilt with the D-Backs -- his first major-league appearance since he made 15 starts with Atlanta last season. Blair has posted a 4.86 ERA and 1.48 WHIP in 18 starts with Triple-A Gwinnett this year, and he'll need to fare much better than that if he wants to keep a permanent spot on the Braves' roster, as other potential replacements are lurking.
Blair will start Wednesday's contest against the Diamondbacks, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports. Blair was scratched from his scheduled Thursday start last week in case he needed to make a spot start Friday in Jaime Garcia's place; now that the Garcia trade has finally gone through, the young righty will get to start in his place. Despite the upcoming outing, the 24-year-old may not have more opportunities to start if this one goes poorly, as reports have widely linked Lucas Sims to the vacant rotation spot.
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