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Mike Foltynewicz recalled by Braves for bullpen help

Will the Braves convert Folty into a full-time reliever?

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The Braves have recalled Mike Foltynewicz from Gwinnett to serve as an extra bullpen arm, according to MLB's Mark BowmanJoey Terdoslavich, who had seldom played since being recalled a few weeks ago, was optioned to Triple-A to make room on the roster.

As he came up through the Astros' farm system, some scouts liked Foltynewicz as a late-inning reliever. He's seen mixed results in limited big league starts, and the Braves made the decision about a month ago that he needed more seasoning in the minors.

It's unclear if the club plans to make Folty a permanent reliever or if this is a temporary move to provide some relief for Jim Johnson, Luis Avilan, David Aardsma and others.

Given all the pitching depth in the system, I'm not against converting Foltynewicz into a reliever for this season. His fastball-curve combo would make for a tough 7th or 8th inning. His upside is as a starter, though, and I'm hoping Atlanta gives him more time in the minors to work out some kinks.

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