Winkler was optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett on Saturday.
Winkler owns an unimpressive 4.98 ERA on the season and has a very poor 11.74 ERA and 2.09 WHIP over his last nine appearances. Huascar Ynoa was recalled to take his place in the bullpen.
Winkler (3-1) recorded the final two outs in the 11th inning Sunday to pick up the win over the Marlins.
Matt Joyce's RBI single in the 12th made Winkler a winner for the second time in his last three appearances. The right-hander has only been scored upon in two of his last 18 outings, but he gave up nine runs in those games -- saddling him with a 5.12 ERA despite otherwise solid numbers.
Winkler (2-1) picked up the win in Tuesday's victory over the Pirates, striking out one in a perfect sixth inning.
Starter Max Fried only lasted four innings Tuesday but Atlanta's bullpen came to the rescue with five scoreless frames, and Winkler was the pitcher of record when the offense finally completed the comeback en route to an eventual 12-5 win. The right-hander now has a rough 5.60 ERA thanks to a brutal stretch in late May that saw him tagged for nine runs in 1.2 innings, but Winkler's 1.25 WHIP and 19:9 K:BB through 17.2 IP are a better reflection of his performance this year.
Winkler (1-0) struck out one in a perfect seventh inning Friday to pick up the win in a 2-1 victory over the Diamondbacks.
The right-hander has been outstanding after getting a late start to the season, posting a 1.54 ERA, 0.86 WHIP and 13:4 K:BB through 11.2 innings. Luke Jackson is pitching well in the closer role for Atlanta, but if he were to falter, Winkler could well be the next man up in the ninth.
Winkler was called up from Triple-A Gwinnett on Sunday.
Winkler got a late start to spring training due to elbow soreness and struggled during his six appearances, ticketing him to the minors to begin the season. The 29-year-old posted a 3.43 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 69:20 K:BB over 60.1 innings and recorded 23 holds for the Braves last season, so he could well carve out a bullpen role this time around.
Winkler was optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett on Sunday.
Winkler will open the season in the minors after struggling to an 8.44 ERA and 2.06 WHIP through six Grapefruit League appearances (5.1 innings). The right-hander notched a 3.43 ERA and 10.3 K/9 in 60.1 innings last season, so he should be one of the first pitchers called upon when the Braves need a fresh reliever.
Winkler (elbow) threw a scoreless inning in relief in Wednesday's spring game against the Tigers. He did not allow any runners to reach base and recorded one strikeout.
Winkler had not thrown before Wednesday due to soreness in his elbow, but he was finally able to get up on the bump for the first time during the exhibition season. Barring any abnormal soreness following Wednesday's outing, Winkler should be ready well in advance of Opening Day.
Winkler has been slowed by elbow soreness but is expected to make his spring debut Wednesday against the Tigers, David O'Brien of The Athletic reports.
Elbow problems are always worrisome for any pitcher, though this specific issue doesn't appear to be a major one. Winkler doesn't seem to be particularly close to the top of the Braves' closer depth chart, but if A.J. Minter's shoulder injury is worse than expected, he could move up a spot.
Winkler signed a one-year, $1.61 million contract with the Braves on Friday to avoid arbitration, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports.
Winkler had a 3.43 ERA and 1.19 WHIP across 60.1 innings during 2018, featuring a solid 10.3 K/9. The 28-year-old is likely to begin 2019 in a middle-relief role, but should also be in the mix for more high-leverage situations as well.
Winkler was left off the Braves' roster for the NLDS against the Dodgers.
Winkler will not be available to pitch this series after posting a 3.43 ERA and 1.19 WHIP with 69 strikeouts in 60.1 innings of relief this season. In his place, manager Brian Snitker elected to give roster spots to relievers Max Fried, Jonny Venters and Chad Sobotka.
Winkler gave up one hit in a scoreless ninth inning while striking out two Monday against the Pirates en route to his second save of the season.
A.J. Minter was unavailable with back tightness and is considered day-to-day. Winkler has pitched very well in his own right, and could be viewed as a more deserving candidate for saves than Minter, even when the latter is healthy. Arodys Vizcaino (shoulder) is still rehabbing, so there may be more save chances for Winkler going forward, particularly while Minter and Vizcaino are injured.
Winkler recorded the final two outs to pick up his first save Friday against the Cardinals.
Luke Jackson let two runners reach base with a four-run lead to begin the ninth inning, gifting a save opportunity to Winkler, who needed just six pitches to clean up the mess. He has been excellent this season, with a 2.48 ERA and an absurd 42:9 K:BB in 32.2 innings, but with Arodys Vizcaino (shoulder) returning this weekend, it doesn't look like Winkler will get regular save chances any time soon.
Winkler coughed up four runs on three hits and a walk while recording only one out in the ninth inning Friday to blow his first save of the season in an extra-innings loss to the Orioles.
With Arodys Vizcaino tending to a sore shoulder, Winkler got the chance to close after the Braves staged a six-run rally in the top of the ninth, but the 28-year-old couldn't get the job done. he still holds a 2.73 ERA, 0.98 WHIP and 41:9 K:BB through 29.2 innings on the season, but with A.J. Minter also available to fill in for Vizcaino when he's unavailable, it could be a while before Winkler sees another save opportunity.
Winkler allowed one hit and struck out two in a scoreless ninth inning against the Mets on Tuesday to pick up his second win of the season.
While he has yet to see his first save chance, the 28-year-old remains the most dominant reliever in the Braves' bullpen, posting a 0.81 ERA, 0.72 WHIP and 32:6 K:BB through 22.1 innings on the year. Winkler's two wins and eight holds in 24 appearances are also solid, but despite his scintillating numbers he'll remain little more than a spec pickup in shallower fantasy leagues until he gets his chance at ninth-inning duties.
Manager Brian Snitker announced Tuesday that Winkler may be used in some save situations moving forward, David O'Brien of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Snitker's comments came shortly after the Braves' primary closer, Arodys Vizcaino, blew his save opportunity by allowing two runs in the ninth inning of Tuesday's one-run loss to the Cubs. The manager also alluded to A.J. Minter potentially getting some more save opportunities in the future. The Braves' ninth-inning role will be a situation worth monitoring over the coming weeks, though Vizcaino (who owns a 2.75 ERA) is likely still the favorite to receive a majority of the save opportunities as things stand.
Winkler walked one and struck out three in a scoreless seventh inning during Friday's extra-inning loss to the Mets.
The right-hander has picked up right where he left off at the end of 2017, and Winkler now sports a 1.74 ERA, 0.87 WHIP and 16:4 K:BB through 10.1 innings to begin the season. He's struck out at least one batter in every appearance so far, and while A.J. Minter is widely assumed to be the next man up at closer in Atlanta after Arodys Vizcaino, Winkler could put himself in the mix if he stays healthy and continues his current dominant form.
Winkler retired two of the three batters he faced in Wednesday's 7-1 win over the Nationals and has yet to give up an earned run in 3.2 innings this season.
The 28-year-old enters the 2018 season at full health after spending most of the previous campaign on the shelf while recovering from a fractured elbow. Winkler made an impact out of the bullpen for the Braves in August and September and has remained effective in his first handful of outings this season, allowing only three hitters to reach base. Though he's probably no better than third in line for closing duties in Atlanta, Winker's high strikeout rate could make him useful staff filler in NL-only formats.
Winkler agreed to a one-year, $610,000 deal with the Braves on Friday to avoid arbitration.
Winkler was activated from the disabled list in late August after missing nearly two seasons due to a fractured elbow. The 27-year-old has fought through various injuries, including Tommy John surgery, over the last four years, but was finally able to appear in a chunk of games near the end of 2017. During 16 appearances, the reliever posted a 2.51 ERA and 0.91 WHIP with 18 strikeouts in 14.1 innings. He will enter the upcoming season as a potential high-leverage setup man for the Braves.
Winkler (elbow) was activated from the 60-day disabled list Monday.
Winkler is finally ready to rejoin the Braves after missing nearly two full seasons with a fractured elbow. He compiled a 5.14 ERA and 14:4 K:BB through 14 innings across multiple minor-league levels while on a rehab assignment. He'll assume a lower-leverage role in the Braves' bullpen for the time being, but Winkler could work his way into higher-leverage work if he pitches well initially. Rex Brothers was sent to Triple-A in a corresponding move.
Winkler (elbow) shifted his rehab to Triple-A Gwinnett on Tuesday, David O'Brien of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Winkler was able to appear in three rehab games for High-A Florida over the past week, and apparently everything went as planned as he's now ready to shift his rehab to Gwinnett. Seeing as Winkler has been on the mend for an extended period of time, the Braves will likely keep him on a rehab assignment for most or all of the 30-day maximum stay before ultimately deciding on his next step.
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