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Braves manager says team could explore 6-man rotation when Bartolo Colon returns

Colon is eligible to come off the DL in a few days.

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Braves manager Brian Snitker said on Wednesday that he would not completely rule out the possibility of adding Bartolo Colon back to the rotation when he is ready to be activated, going with a six-man rotation without displacing anyone.

This likely mean Sean Newcomb earned a few more starts thanks to his sterling debut on Saturday, when he hurled 6 13 innings against the Mets, surrendering just one unearned run (thanks to his own error) on four hits.

Colon was placed on the 10-day disabled list on June 6 with a left oblique strain. Prior to that, he had struggled mightily, not pitching longer than five innings in any of his previous five starts. In his last start on June 5, Colon allowed eight runs on seven hits in just 3 23 innings.

For the year, Colon has posted a 2-7 record with a 7.78 ERA in 12 starts.

The Braves could use the 44-year old righty out of the bullpen in a long relief role as well, with him garnering occasional starts. But Colon has simply not proven effective enough for the team to continue sending him to the mound every fifth day without some improvement.

By no means does it appear Snitker definitively indicated one way or the other on Colon, but he is leaving his options open for now.

Julio Teheran is slated to start Wednesday night, but Atlanta has not announced its pitching plans following Thursday’s off day.

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