De La Cruz was reassigned to minor-league camp Tuesday, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's David O'Brien reports.
He was pretty mediocre (4.88 ERA, 37 strikeouts) in 62.2 innings in the big leagues last year, splitting time between the rotation and the bullpen. While his numbers were better in relief (4.32 ERA, 13 strikeouts in 16.2 innings), he still leaves a lot to be desired. He should spend most of 2017 providing organizational depth at Triple-A.
De La Cruz didn't factor into the decision and gave up four earned runs on six hits and two walks over five innings against the Phillies on Friday. He struck out five.
The 27-year-old right-hander got into early trouble but then steadied for his final three frames. De La Cruz gave up an RBI double to Ryan Howard in the first and saw A.J. Ellis touch him up for a three-run blast the very next inning, putting him in a 4-0 hole after two. It marked the third straight outing in which De La Cruz gave up at least one homer. He's still in search of his first victory, which he'll next try for against the Nationals on Wednesday.
De La Cruz will not make his next scheduled start Thursday, Kevin McAlpin of 680 The Fan reports.
Mike Foltynewicz will take the hill Thursday in place of De La Cruz, who will be skipped to allow the rest of the Braves starters to move up by one day. De La Cruz has yet to get into the win column in any of his eight starts on the season, and his 5.39 FIP suggests that he's been fortunate to only have a 4.66 ERA. The Braves have not announced when De La Cruz will make his next start.
The Braves are expected to skip De La Cruz the next time through the rotation, David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
With Monday's off day, the Braves can move Matt Wisler and the rest of their starters up while keeping them on normal rest. Only three of the six runs against De La Cruz on Friday were earned but it was nonetheless an uninspiring performance. De La Cruz is now 0-7 with a 4.66 ERA, 1.41 WHIP and 26:16 K:BB in 48.1 innings with the big club this season.
De La Cruz allowed six runs (three earned) on seven hits across just four innings in Friday's loss to the Giants. He struck out two and walked none.
De La Cruz received little help Friday, as the offense failed to score a run against Jeff Samardzija and a pair of errors led to three unearned runs on his ledger. De La Cruz has had a rough go of late, as he has allowed 14 earned runs in his last 19.1 innings as a starter, and has seen his ERA shoot up to 4.66. He will remain in the rotation and will start Thursday versus the Padres.
De La Cruz allowed six runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out four in a no-decision against the Nationals on Sunday.
De La Cruz has now failed to complete six innings in any of his last four starts while taking a loss in three of those outings. The rookie is getting valuable experience, but his 4.47 ERA and 1.38 WHIP don't make him a hot fantasy commodity. He'll make his next start Friday against the Giants.
De La Cruz (0-6) pitched a solid game Tuesday, lasting 5.1 innings while allowing just one earned run on four hits and two walks, but took the tough-luck loss.
De La Cruz has received some miserable luck this season, still winless despite keeping a respectable 3.72 ERA. While De La Cruz failed to last five innings in two of his six starts on the year, he's now pitched at least 5.1 innings of one-run ball twice and taken the loss each time. Despite being day-to-day with a knee contusion suffered in his previous start, De La Cruz showed no ill effects, and threw a season-high 97 pitches. The lengthened start may be a sign the Braves are finally starting to stretch out the right-hander, who has spent much of the season in the bullpen. While De La Cruz's ERA looks promising, fantasy owners should be wary of his 1.47 WHIP, and the fact that he has struck out just 20 batters in 38.2 innings this season.
De La Cruz (knee) should be available to make his next start, David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports.
De La Cruz suffered a knee contusion on Wednesday, but it looks like he will make his next scheduled start on Tuesday for the Braves. The 27-year-old owns a 4.09 ERA in 12 appearances with the Braves in 2016.
De La Cruz was forced out of Wednesday's matchup with the Brewers after suffering a right knee contusion, Kevin McAlpin of 680 The Fan reports.
Fortunately, X-Rays on Da La Cruz's knee came back negative. He was hit by a comebacker from Orlando Arcia in the fourth inning of Wednesday's game and subsequently left the contest. He finished with four earned runs and two strike outs in four innings of work. De La Cruz is considered day-to-day going forward.
De La Cruz left Wednesday's matchup with the Brewers early after being hit be a comebacker, Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports.
De La Cruz took a ball to the shin by a hit from Orlando Arcia. He had completed four innings prior to leaving, and gave up four earned runs to go along with two strike outs. The severity of the injury is currently unknown.
De La Cruz (0-3) pitched 4.1 scoreless innings while allowing three hits and two walks, but received no decision Sunday against the Phillies.
De La Cruz was making his first start and eighth appearance since July 4, and was removed in a scoreless tie after throwing only 62 pitches, though only 33 of those tosses went for strikes. The swing man now has a 3.80 ERA to go along with the 1.27 WHIP in 2016. His next start has yet to be determined.
De La Cruz will start for the Braves on Sunday against the Phillies.
De La Cruz had started a couple of games for Atlanta before being getting moved to the bullpen three weeks ago. It's unlikely he's in a position to give Atlanta much length, so look for a trail of relievers to get the Braves through the game.
De La Cruz could be getting bumped from the rotation, as news broke Saturday that Tyrell Jenkins will start Tuesday's game in Cincinnati.
Tuesday would have likely been De La Cruz's turn, but it is unclear what the club has planned for him at the moment. He could stick with the Braves and work as a long reliever, essentially the role Jenkins occupied previously, or he could be optioned in the near future to pitch in the rotation at Triple-A.
De La Cruz (0-2) allowed seven runs (four earned) on nine hits with four strikeouts in a loss Monday to the Phillies.
De La Cruz posted a quality start his first time out, but he was roughed up by the Phillies, as he gave up two homers, four doubles and a triple as part of his nine hits. He caught too much of the plate all day long -- he threw 57 strikes out of 83 pitches and didn't walk a single batter, but Philadelphia hitters punished his mistakes all day long. De La Cruz has allowed 16 hits and three home runs over 12 innings in his first two major league starts.
After posting a quality start in his major league debut Wednesday against the Indians, he will receive another turn in the rotation Monday against the Phillies, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports.
It was a solid debut for the 27-year-old hurler, but he added just one strikeout over six innings while allowing three runs on seven hits. The effort was enough to earn him another start, but it seems unlikely he has long term viability in that role. Even as a streaming option for his start Monday, limited strikeout potential and a weak lineup behind him doesn't leave much upside.
In his big league debut, De La Cruz (0-1) allowed three runs on seven hits and one walk while striking out one over six innings to take the loss Wednesday against the Indians.
De La Cruz kept the Braves in the game until allowing three runs between the fifth and sixth innings, but he received no offensive support, saddling him with a loss in his first big league appearance. Since he had a positive outing, he'll likely get another shot to prove himself in the near future, but his next start has yet to be decided at this time.
De La Cruz had his contract selected Wednesday by the Braves.
The Braves announced Tuesday that he would be recalled to start, replacing Aaron Blair. However, considering De La Cruz has a 4.68 ERA at the Triple-A level this season, he may not stay with the Braves for long if he struggles.
De La Cruz will be recalled to start Wednesday against the Indians.
He seemed like a logical replacement for Aaron Blair, seeing as he was on the same schedule as Blair down at Triple-A Gwinnett. De La Cruz was summoned to the major league team twice earlier this season but did not end up appearing in a game. A nine-year minor league veteran, De La Cruz has posted a 4.68 ERA, 1.49 WHIP and 44:24 K:BB in 57.2 innings with Gwinnett this season. It's hard to imagine he'll get an extended audition in the rotation.
De La Cruz was optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett on Saturday.
De La Cruz was recalled from Gwinnett on Friday. His time on the big league squad will be short lived however, as the Braves have optioned him to make room for Casey Kelly.
De La Cruz was called up from Triple-A Gwinnett on Friday, David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
The Braves went ahead and swapped out John Gant, who threw 38 pitches Thursday, with a fresh arm in De La Cruz. De La Cruz is only 26 but has been in the minors for nine seasons, striking out fewer than two batters for every one he's walked, and the results at the upper levels have left a lot to be desired. He figures to work exclusively in low-leverage spots while up.
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