Newcomb, Mike Foltynewicz and Mike Soroka were all able to pitch against live hitters this week, David O'Brien of The Athletic reports.
In an interview with Foltynewicz, the right-hander indicated the trio has been getting together regularly to play catch and keep arms loose at a high school near the players' homes in the Atlanta area, but Tuesday they were joined by Ronald Acuna, Ozzie Albies and Charlie Culberson. Each pitcher tossed three simulated innings of about 15 pitches against his teammates, a step up in intensity from the twice-a-week bullpens each has been throwing. Foltynewicz estimated he and the other pitchers in the group are 75-80 percent stretched out and would need about two weeks of a second training camp to be ready for the regular season, whenever it might begin. Newcomb, who was locked in a battle with Felix Hernandez for the No. 5 starter spot when spring training was suspended, would likely be a key part of the Atlanta staff in a compacted schedule even if he isn't getting a regular turn in the rotation.
Newcomb allowed three hits and two walks over four scoreless innings while striking out four in Sunday's Grapefruit League game against the Yankees.
Facing a lineup that included plenty of experienced big leaguers, if not the Yankees' top stars, Newcomb breezed through his four frames, letting only one baserunner even reach second base. The southpaw has posted a 2.00 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and impressive 11:2 K:BB through nine innings to put himself at the front of the pack in the race for one of Atlanta's open rotation spots.
Newcomb is considered a "leading candidate" for one of the two remaining openings in the Braves' Opening Day rotation, David O'Brien of The Athletic reports.
Only one spot appeared to be up for grabs entering spring training, but another has since opened up with Cole Hamels (shoulder) bound for the injured list after having yet to even initiate a throwing program. Kyle Wright, Bryse Wilson and Touki Toussaint also remain in the mix for starting jobs along with non-roster invitee Felix Hernandez, but Newcomb is viewed as a frontrunner for a back-end rotation spot based on his performance so far this spring, as well as his more extensive work at the big-league level than the other three young arms. After submitting an up-and-down outing in his spring debut, Newcomb bounced back in impressive fashion Monday, permitting only two hits and no walks over three innings while fanning three.
Newcomb got the start in Wednesday's Grapefruit League game against the Orioles, allowing two runs on three hits over two innings with four strikeouts, Gabriel Burns of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
The southpaw had a rough first inning, as both runs came home after a passed ball and wild pitch, but he rebounded to strike out the side in the second. Newcomb is in the mix for one of the two available spots in Atlanta's Opening Day rotation, but his success last year after being moved to the bullpen could mean he's only being stretched out this spring in case the team's other options for the rotation falter.
Newcomb will stretch out this offseason to compete for a spot in Atlanta's starting rotation in spring training, David O'Brien of The Athletic reports.
The left-hander began 2019 in the Braves' starting rotation, but he was shipped to Triple-A after surrendering six runs in 12.1 innings over his first three starts. Newcomb returned to the majors in May and pitched out of the bullpen the rest of the season -- though he did make one spot start -- and delivered a 2.89 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 60:21 K:BB across 56 frames as a reliever. Whether the Braves make any free-agent acquisitions will also factor into Newcomb's chances of cracking the 2020 rotation.
Newcomb will work out of the bullpen for the remainder of the season, Gabe Burns of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Newcomb has worked out of the bullpen for much of the season, though with Max Fried (finger) currently on the injured list, the team's rotation is a bit shorthanded. For the season, Newcomb has made 29 total appearances -- 25 as a reliever -- and managed a 2.23 ERA with a 1.33 WHIP to go along with 39 strikeouts across 44.1 innings.
Newcomb (3-1) issued two walks and struck out two in one scoreless inning, earning the win against the Padres on Saturday.
Newcomb's scoreless ninth inning put him in line for the victory when the Braves put three runs on the board in the tenth. The reliever has 36 strikeouts in 41 innings to go with a 2.41 ERA and 1.34 WHIP this year. Closer Luke Jackson has allowed one run in both of his two appearances to start the second half of the season, and Newcomb may receive a chance to close out a game if Jackson's struggles persist. Newcomb has one save and nine holds in his 26 appearances this season.
Newcomb gave up two hits and struck out two in a scoreless seventh inning Tuesday to record his seventh hold of the season in a win over the Cubs.
The southpaw was pitching for the first time since June 15, after he took a line drive off the back of his head and subsequently landed on the IL with a concussion. Newcomb will remain part of Atlanta's setup crew for now, but his ability to work multiple innings does give manager Brian Snitker some flexibility in late-game situations.
Newcomb was activated from the 7-day concussion injured list Tuesday.
Newcomb has been out of action since taking a line drive to the back of his head June 15. He's expected to pitch out of the bullpen going forward. Chad Sobotka was optioned to clear a spot for him on the roster.
Newcomb (concussion) is expected to come off the 7-day IL prior to Tuesday's game against the Cubs, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports.
The southpaw struck out five batters in two scoreless innings during a rehab appearance for Triple-A Gwinnett on Saturday, and apparently won't need any further tuneup before rejoining the Atlanta bullpen. Newcomb has a 2.12 ERA, 1.38 WHIP and 29:12 K:BB through 34 innings this season.
Manager Brian Snitker said Sunday that he expects to keep Newcomb (concussion) in a relief role when the southpaw is reinstated from the 7-day injured list, David O'Brien of The Athletic reports.
Newcomb shined in his rehab outing Saturday with Triple-A Gwinnett, striking out five over two scoreless, one-hit frames. Though Newcomb is on track to return from the IL on Tuesday and the Braves have a need for a fifth starter beginning with Thursday's game against Chicago after Mike Foltynewicz was demoted to Triple-A, Bryse Wilson and Touki Toussaint are viewed as more likely candidates to enter the rotation. Since rejoining the Braves in early May, Newcomb has posted an impressive 0.83 ERA and 24:4 K:BB in 21.2 innings across 17 appearances, all but one of which came out of the bullpen.
Newcomb (concussion) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Gwinnett on Saturday.
Newcomb hasn't played since getting hit by a line drive last Saturday. He appears to be making progress in his return from a concussion and should be ready to return to Atlanta soon.
Newcomb (concussion) was placed on the 7-day injured list Wednesday.
It was originally thought that Newcomb avoided a concussion after getting hit in the head by a line drive over the weekend, but according to David O'Brien of The Athletic, he experienced symptoms after working out Tuesday. Newcomb is apparently feeling better, but he'll need to make a rehab appearance with Triple-A Gwinnett before the Braves feel comfortable activating him. Huascar Ynoa was recalled from the Stripers and will replace Newcomb in the bullpen for the time being.
Newcomb (head) will move to the bullpen due to the impending arrival of Dallas Keuchel and could be available as soon as Wednesday, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports.
Newcomb left his start Saturday against the Phillies after getting hit in the head by a line drive. He was not diagnosed with a concussion and was able to throw Monday without issues, so he should be available out of the pen as soon as his arm is rested.
Newcomb (head) went through concussion testing and other medical tests Saturday but appears to have avoided serious injury, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports.
Newcomb was forced to leave Saturday's game after being hit in the back of the head by a line drive, but early indications are that he should be okay. The 26-year-old was able to leave the field under his own power and according to Bowman had no issues while undergoing testing. Regardless, Newcomb will continue to be evaluated overnight to be safe.
Newcomb was hit by a line drive in the back of the head/neck area and was removed from Saturday's start versus the Phillies, 680 The Fan Atlanta reports.
It was a scary moment with the ball coming off the bat at over 102 mph, but Newcomb was ultimately able to walk off the field under his own power. The left-hander struck out three and allowed two unearned runs and a walk over 2.2 innings.
Newcomb is in line to start Saturday's game against the Phillies, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports.
Newcomb tossed 4.2 scoreless innings Monday night against the Pirates, and it appears that he's earned at least one more chance to start unless he's needed out of the bullpen before Saturday's contest. He owns a 2.59 ERA with a 26:10 K:BB over 31.1 innings this season.
Newcomb (1-0) picked up the win in Monday's victory over the Pirates, allowing only one hit over 4.2 scoreless innings of relief while striking out six.
The southpaw was brilliant after replacing Kevin Gausman in the third inning, and a 13-run outburst by the Atlanta offense was more than enough to reward Newcomb with the win. There's little immediate chance of him moving back into the rotation with Dallas Keuchel on his way, but Newcomb has become a valuable jack-of-all-trades in the team's bullpen. Since returning to the majors a little over a month ago, he's got a 1.42 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and 21:2 K:BB over 19 innings while recording a save and six holds in 16 appearances in addition to Monday's victory.
Newcomb fired a perfect ninth inning with one strikeout to earn the save over San Francisco on Monday.
Since returning to the MLB following a minor-league stint, Newcomb has tossed 8.1 scoreless innings of relief and has yet to walk a batter. In three April starts, he walked eight in just 12.1 frames. Atlanta's closing situation is a mess right now as Luke Jackson has blown three of his nine save chances. It's possible Newcomb gets a few more looks in that role in the near future.
Newcomb gave up a hit and struck out two over two scoreless innings of relief during Monday's loss to the Dodgers.
Control issues cost him his spot in the rotation, but Newcomb seems to have solved the problem, issuing zero free passes in his final 13 innings for Triple-A Gwinnett before being called back up Saturday and continuing to display strong form Monday. He could get a chance to start again in the near future if Kevin Gausman's pending appeal of a five-game suspension proves unsuccessful, but for now, expect the 25-year-old lefty to bolster Atlanta's bullpen.
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