Newcomb was recalled to the Braves' big-league roster Wednesday.
The move comes one week after Newcomb was optioned to make room for Max Fried's return. Now, the lefty replaces Grant Dayton (thigh) on the active roster. Newcomb's two most recent big-league outings were brutal, as he allowed multiple earned runs in both without recording three outs in either. He had been pitching well before, however, with four straight scoreless appearances covering 4.2 innings. He will likely receive some mid-innings opportunities while active.
Newcomb was optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett on Wednesday.
Newcomb had a strong showing during the first several weeks of the season, but he gave up five funs on five hits and two walks while striking out two in one inning across his last two appearances. As a result, he'll head to the minors after left-hander Max Fried (hamstring) was reinstated from the 10-day IL in a corresponding move.
Newcomb returned from the COVID-19 injured list Friday.
Newcomb will wind up missing just shy of two weeks. In five appearances prior to his absence, he allowed just one earned run in 5.1 innings, striking out 12 while walking four.
Newcomb (undisclosed) threw at the alternate training site Tuesday and should be ready to return by Friday, David O'Brien of The Athletic reports.
Newcomb has been on the COVID-19 injured list since April 17 after a potential exposure to someone who had tested positive for the coronavirus. However, manager Brian Snitker is optimistic that Newcomb will be able to rejoin the bullpen for the upcoming road trip that begins Friday.
Newcomb was placed on the injured list for an unspecified reason Saturday.
Although Atlanta hasn't given a reason for Newcomb's placement on the injured list, he's apparently away from the team after a potential exposure to someone who had tested positive for COVID-19, David O'Brien of The Athletic reports. As long as Newcomb doesn't test positive, he'll be able to return once he clears the league's health and safety protocols. Right-hander Bryse Wilson was recalled in a corresponding move to take Newcomb's place in the bullpen.
Newcomb struck out all three batters he faced in the seventh inning to record his first save of the season in a 2-0 win over the Nationals during the second game of Wednesday's doubleheader.
With Will Smith and A.J. Minter both having pitched in the opener and Chris Martin (finger) unavailable, the save chance fell to Newcomb and he more than rose to the occasion. It's only his second career save, and given the depth of the Atlanta bullpen as well as his own erratic track record, Newcomb seems unlikely to get another in 2021. If he continues to fan batters however -- all five of his outs in his first two appearances this season have been strikeouts -- Newcomb could work himself into a high-leverage role.
Newcomb has made three Grapefruit League appearances since rejoining Atlanta earlier this month after clearing COVID-19 protocols, covering three innings and giving up no runs on two hits and no walks while striking out three.
Newcomb hasn't recorded more than four outs in any of his appearances, suggesting Atlanta is viewing him as a reliever after he made four unsuccessful starts for the big club in 2020. Since Newcomb still has a minor-league option remaining, he may have a tough time winning a spot in Atlanta's Opening Day bullpen even though he's come on strong of late.
Atlanta manager Brian Snitker said Saturday that Newcomb will be away from the team after a potential exposure to somebody with COVID-19, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports.
Newcomb hasn't tested positive for COVID-19, but he'll be away from camp as a precautionary measure to prevent potential exposure within the clubhouse. It's not yet clear when he'll be cleared to return, but he should still have plenty of time to prepare for the start of the regular season if he continues to test negative.
The Braves optioned Newcomb to their alternate training site Monday.
Though Atlanta brought Newcomb up from the alternate site Saturday to provide a multi-inning option out of the bullpen for the final two games of its series with the Nationals, the lefty went unused in both contests. He'll now lose out on his spot on the 28-man active roster with Atlanta bringing up Touki Toussaint to make a spot start in Monday's series opener in Baltimore.
Newcomb was recalled by Atlanta on Saturday.
Newcomb had a rough start to the season and spent just over a month at the team's alternate training site as a result. He'll take on a bullpen role in the coming games after the Braves relied heavily on their bullpen recently, David O'Brien of The Athletic reports. Robbie Erlin was designated for assignment in a corresponding move, and it's unclear who could claim his spot in the rotation.
Newcomb was optioned to the Braves' alternate site after Monday's game against the Phillies, David O'Brien of The Athletic reports.
Newcomb did not give his team a chance Monday, allowing eight runs on six hits -- including two home runs -- over 1.1 innings. His ERA now sits at 11.20 through 13.2 innings, and the Braves have decided to make do with their other options rather than turn back to Newcomb the next time through the rotation. Manager Brian Snitker indicated the team is leaning toward bringing up a prospect to replace Newcomb.
Newcomb (0-1) allowed two runs on five hits and one walk while striking out four over 4.2 innings in a loss to the Blue Jays on Wednesday.
This qualifies as a step forward for Newcomb after he was rocked for six runs in 4.1 innings against the Mets last week, but it still was not a particularly impressive outing. He induced just seven swinging strikes and could not get through five on 92 pitches. Newcomb is best suited for bullpen duty, but with Mike Soroka (Achilles) out for the year and Cole Hamels (triceps) still sidelined indefinitely, the Braves don't have much of a choice but to trot Newcomb out there every fifth day.
Newcomb allowed six runs on six hits and one walk while striking out four over 4.1 innings in Friday's win against the Mets. He didn't factor into the decision.
After putting together a solid outing and picking up a no-decision in his season debut, Newcomb was far less effective against the Mets. However, a late rally by the Braves allowed the 27-year-old to avoid being charged with his first loss of 2020. The southpaw has now given up seven runs with a 5:3 K:BB over 7.2 innings to begin the year. His next start should come at home Wednesday against the Blue Jays.
Newcomb pitched 3.1 innings, allowing one run on three hits and two walks while striking out one in a no-decision versus the Mets on Sunday.
If he didn't have workload limitations, Newcomb could have had an easy win as the Braves shellacked the Mets 14-1 in the contest. The 27-year-old southpaw will instead settle for a decent debut to his 2020 campaign. He'll likely be limited again when he gets a rematch with the Mets on Friday.
Newcomb will start Sunday against the Mets, Gabe Burns of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Newcomb was battling for a rotation spot during camp, and he'll serve as the starter for the team's third game of the season. However, Newcomb should face an innings limit over his first couple turns through the rotation as the team attempts to use caution with their starters to begin the season. The southpaw posted a 3.16 ERA and 65:29 K:BB over 68.1 innings in 55 appearances (four starts) with the Braves last season.
Newcomb appears to be manager Brian Snitker's first choice for the No. 5 rotation spot, Gabriel Burns of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
The southpaw served up two homers during Thursday's intrasquad game but still drew praise for his performance from Snitker, and with Cole Hamels potentially not up to speed by Opening Day, Newcomb's spot in the rotation appears fairly secure. He's still unlikely to toss five innings in his first turn or two, however, as the team plans to use a piggyback system at the back of its rotation.
Newcomb will compete for the final spot in the Braves' rotation with Felix Hernandez opting out of the 2020 season, Charles Odum of the Associated Press reports.
The big southpaw had a 2.00 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 11:2 K:BB in nine innings during spring training. Newcomb will be competing primarily with Kyle Wright, but Bryse Wilson could also factor in. Even if Newcomb doesn't open the year in the rotation, he will be stretched out enough to piggyback starters whose workloads need to be managed, so he could pick up some wins regardless of his role.
General manager Alex Anthopolous said Wednesday that the Braves will be cautious with their starters, limiting them to 2-to-4 innings their first couple times through the rotation, David O'Brien of The Athletic reports.
Anthopolous is the first GM to make such a declaration, but it's not a significant surprise, given there will be only a few weeks of official build-up for the start of the 60-game season. Newcomb was competing for the No. 5 spot in the starting rotation before the suspension of spring training, but both hurlers may now factor into the equation for at least for a few turns through the rotation.
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.
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