Toussaint was placed on the 60-day injured list with a right shoulder strain Saturday. Toussaint had made four Grapefruit League appearances and posted a 2.00 ERA and 0.78 WHIP in nine innings during that time. However, he's apparently dealing with a shoulder injury and will be forced to miss extended time to begin the regular season. It's not yet clear when Toussaint will be able to make his 2021 debut.
Toussaint was optioned to Atlanta's alternate training site following Monday's game. Toussaint allowed eight runs (five earned) while recording just eight outs in his start against the Orioles on Monday. He now owns an 8.88 ERA in 24.1 innings on the year and a 5.97 ERA in 95 career big-league innings. Jasseel De La Cruz was recalled in a corresponding move.
Toussaint (0-2) allowed eight runs (five earned) on seven hits and three walks over 2.2 innings Monday, striking out two batters and taking the loss against Baltimore. Toussaint allowed a run in the first inning before the Orioles began teeing off in the third inning. After allowing five runs through 2.2 innings, he left the game with the bases loaded and was charged with three more runs that scored on Luke Jackson. The 24-year-old's season ERA is up to 8.88 in 24.1 innings. With Cole Hamels (triceps) returning this week, Toussaint will likely move to a bullpen role.
The Braves recalled Toussaint from their alternate training site ahead of his scheduled start Monday in Baltimore. Toussaint will be making his fifth start and his first since Aug. 17 as the Braves continue to cycle through pitchers in a patchwork rotation that has had several members deal with injuries or perform ineffectively this season. The latter case applies to Toussaint, who has stayed healthy but has submitted a 7.89 ERA and 1.52 WHIP across 21.2 innings with the big club. While a baseline quality start Monday could be enough for Toussaint to earn another turn through the rotation, his poor form this season suggests that fantasy players can't rely on him to meet that low standard.
Toussaint will start Monday's game against the Orioles, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports. Toussaint has been working at the alternate training site for nearly three weeks, but he'll return to the active roster for the series opener in Baltimore on Monday. Toussaint's start will allow Cole Hamels (triceps) and Max Fried (back) to get a few extra days of rest before potentially returning to the mound. Toussaint has been quite inconsistent this season and carries a 7.89 ERA and 1.52 WHIP over 21.2 innings during six appearances (four starts).
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