Matt Wisler allowed four hits and one run while striking out a career-best 10 batters over six innings of work in an 8-1 win over the San Diego Padres. The Braves will go for a rare home sweep on Thursday afternoon.
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The Braves are expected to activate A.J. Pierzynski and Chris Withrow from the 15-day disabled list on Thursday according to a report by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s David O’Brien. The team will likely also add Tyrell Jenkins and Williams Perez at some point and is considering calling up Ozzie Albies, Rio Ruiz and starter Jed Bradley.
The 2016 season has been a struggle for Aaron Blair and the Braves have elected to remove him from the rotation for now. Blair is going to remain in Atlanta and on the active roster but will be working with pitching coach Roger McDowell to solve some mechanical issues that are plaguing him.
"We want to kind of back him off starting and do some work with him mechanically," Braves manager Brian Snitker said. "[Pitching coach Roger McDowell] has seen some things he thinks will help him down the road. He needs some concentrated work here without us just running him out there, just hoping he gets through it."
Eric O’Flaherty will miss the remainder of the season after having what was described as a “clean up procedure” to his throwing elbow. O’Flaherty has been on the disabled list since August 19.
The Red Sox announced on Wednesday that they will promote top prospect Yoan Moncada to the majors on Thursday when MLB rosters expand. Moncada is expected to see the bulk of playing time at third base for the remainder of the season.