If all goes well, the Atlanta Braves could get injured starter Mike Foltynewicz back soon. Foltynewicz has been sidelined since September 12 when he was struck by a line drive off the bat of Marcell Ozuna in the left calf.
Brian Snitker told MLB.com’s Mark Bowman that barring a setback in Sunday’s scheduled bullpen session, Foltynewicz was lining up to return to the mound on Tuesday against the Phillies. Foltynewicz is hoping that he will be able to make two more starts before the end of the season.
"I really want to get two more starts in because I was on a nice little roll there," Foltynewicz said. "I just kind of want to finish the season strong."
Folty has experienced an up and down season for the most part but has made progress and at times flashed the potential that made him such an intriguing prospect. He was tagged for 11 hits and five runs in just 3 2⁄3 innings before suffering the injury last time out. Prior to that start, he had a string of three straight where he pitched at least six innings while allowing three runs or less.
On the season, Foltynewicz is 8-5 with a 4.41 ERA in 21 starts.