Sobotka was placed on the 10-day injured list Monday with a left abdomen strain. Sobotka apparently suffered the injury during Sunday's win over the Rockies, during which he allowed an unearned run on one hit, one walk and one hit batsman while striking out two in 1.1 innings. The severity of the issue has yet to be determined; the right-hander will be eligible to return May 9, should he prove ready. Grant Dayton was recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett in a corresponding move.
Sobotka gave up three runs (two earned) on three hits and a walk over two-thirds of an inning while striking out two in Thursday's loss to the Diamondbacks. Atlanta was down only 1-0 when Sobotka entered the game in the seventh inning, but another meltdown by the right-hander put the game out of reach. The club was hoping he'd emerge as a reliable setup man in his second MLB campaign, but Sobotka's given up multiple runs in three straight appearances and four of nine overall, saddling him with a hideous 12.38 ERA. Expect the 25-year-old to work in lower-leverage situations, or even get optioned back to Triple-A Gwinnett, until he gets straightened out.
Sobotka coughed up four runs on four hits -- including two home runs -- while recording only one out in Thursday's win over the Cubs. Back-to-back jacks by Anthony Rizzo and Javy Baez put a big hurting on Sobotka's ERA, which now stands at 15.43 through 2.1 innings, but fortunately for the Braves they had a 9-0 lead at the time. The 25-year-old hasn't been particularly homer-prone in his career -- he served up just three long balls in 71.1 frames across four levels in 2018 while making his climb to the majors -- so don't read too much into one bad outing. Sobotka still figures to handle a fairly significant role in the Atlanta bullpen this season.
Sobotka allowed four runs on two hits and two walks over two-thirds of an inning during Tuesday's spring game against the Yankees. Sobotka ran into trouble immediately after entering the game, allowing a single and two walks before eventually giving up a three-run homer to Aaron Judge. The 25-year-old tossed 14.1 major-league innings during 2018, allowing three runs on five hits with 21 strikeouts and nine walks.
Sobotka was recalled by Atlanta on Saturday. Sobotka tossed 7.1 innings for the Braves earlier in the year, allowing three runs while posting a solid 12:4 K:BB. He'll provide depth out of the bullpen down the stretch in Atlanta.