Between the ankle sprain and an earlier groin issue, Gohara hasn't thrown a single inning in a Grapefruit League game this spring, so even if he does recover from the former injury more quickly than expected, he'll still need time at Triple-A Gwinnett to build up his stamina before he's ready to reclaim a spot in the Atlanta rotation. The left-hander still makes for an interesting stash in deeper re-draft formats given his upside, but Gohara seems likely to miss the first 5-6 weeks of the regular season.
Though Gohara avoided a high left-ankle sprain after X-rays Friday returned negative, he won't throw off a mound for at least two weeks, meaning he won't likely be ready to pitch for the Braves until May, David O'Brien of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. "It's going to be a while," Braves manager Brian Snitker said, regarding when Gohara would be available for the big club. "You're not going to be able to throw, so that's just going to set you behind that much more. He was behind anyway, now you can't throw for two weeks or whatever it is. You're just that much farther behind."
Gohara's injury opens the door for either Scott Kazmir or Max Fried to open the campaign as the Braves' fifth starter. The ankle injury comes after Gohara was already slowed by a groin issue for most of camp, meaning he'll essentially have to go through a full spring training on his own once he's cleared to throw again.
Gohara (ankle) underwent X-rays Friday which came back negative and revealed a regular left ankle sprain, David O'Brien of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Gohara was luckily able to avoid the more severe high-ankle sprain and was sporting a walking boot following the testing. The 21-year-old is set to be re-evaluated in about two weeks, which leaves a fairly small window for him to potentially be available for the start of the regular season at the end of March.
Gohara (groin) suffered a left ankle sprain during a fielding drill and will not make his scheduled Grapefruit League debut Sunday, David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Gohara will get X-rays to see if there's any additional damage to the ankle. The left-hander had been working his way back from a groin strain that he initially suffered at the onset of spring camp. This additional setback now creates an opening in Atlanta's starting rotation since Gohara was expected to win one of the back-end spots, but that is now in jeopardy depending on his availability following the result of his X-rays.
Manager Brian Snitker said Gohara's live batting practice session Thursday went "OK," and he's tentatively scheduled to make his first start of spring training Sunday, David O'Brien of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Gohara has been sidelined since late February with a groin strain, but he's set to make his spring debut over the weekend after getting through a pair of live batting practice sessions with no issues this week. Barring any setbacks throughout the rest of camp, the 21-year-old should have enough time to get up to speed and lock down a spot in the Braves' rotation prior to Opening Day.
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