Gohara was expected to rejoin the Braves' rotation Tuesday after a couple of starts with Triple-A Gwinnett. The 21-year-old's average velocity was down in Thursday's start for the Stripers, and the Braves are now leaning towards Max Fried (finger) starting Tuesday in his return from the disabled list.
Gohara was sent down to Triple-A Gwinnett following Wednesday's contest.
Gohara is expected to return to Atlanta after the All-Star break, and could begin the second half of the season in the club's rotation since Brandon McCarthy (knee) and Max Fried (finger) are expected to need more time on the disabled list. Across nine appearances, including just one start, with the Braves this year, Gohara has posted a 5.95 ERA and 1.22 WHIP with a 18:8 K:BB over 19.2 innings. Look for him to make a start or two at the Triple-A level in the near future.
Gohara could serve as the Braves' fifth starter when the second half begins with neither Brandon McCarthy (knee) nor Max Fried (finger) expected to be activated from the disabled list immediately after the All-Star break, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports.
Due to a pair of off days during the current week, the Braves are expected to get by with a four-man rotation through the weekend, allowing Gohara to stick in the bullpen for now. The team will first require a fifth starter July 24 in Miami, and Gohara would seemingly have a leg up on the assignment over Triple-A Gwinnett hurlers Kolby Allard and Touki Toussaint, who could both benefit from some more development time in the minors. Gohara probably hasn't performed as well as the Braves anticipated heading into the season -- he has submitted a 5.95 ERA in nine outings (one start) in the majors and a 6.17 ERA in six starts at Triple-A -- but he's shown improved form in his two appearances since rejoining Atlanta in a relief role July 4. In those outings, he has yielded one hit -- a solo home run -- and no walks over four innings while striking out five.
The Braves will swap Gohara into the bullpen for Evan Phillips, who was optioned to Gwinnett in a corresponding move after working 2.1 innings in Tuesday's loss to the Yankees. Gohara is expected to fill a similar long-relief role for Atlanta, though he'll probably only be in store for a short-term stay with the big club. Atlanta is still intent on developing Gohara as a starter, so look for him to head back to Gwinnett in the near future to slot back into the Triple-A rotation.
Gohara returned to the mound Saturday for Triple-A Gwinnett, tossing five innings of two-run ball in a 5-3 win over Charlotte. He yielded three hits and a walk and struck out four.
Gohara exited early in his last start June 25 for precautionary purposes, but as expected, he was able to take the hill for his subsequent turn through the rotation. Since Gohara was sent back to the minors on June 17, the Braves have had their rotation depth tested with Mike Soroka (shoulder) and Brandon McCarthy (knee) hitting the disabled list, but a promotion doesn't seem imminent for the 21-year-old Brazilian. Instead, the Braves seem prepared to proceed with veteran Anibal Sanchez and youngster Max Fried as their back-end starters for the time being.
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