The Atlanta Braves look to continue their winning ways Wednesday night when they continue their series against the San Diego Padres. Atlanta has won four straight series and 8 of 10 overall including a 3-0 win over the Padres in Tuesday’s series opener.
Atlanta announced Tuesday evening that Bartolo Colon would come off the disabled list and make Wednesday’s start. The Braves signed Colon this past offseason in hopes that the 44-year old right hander would help stabilize their starting rotation.
To this point though it hasn’t worked out as Colon has put up a 7.78 ERA in 12 starts. He allowed 17 earned runs over the last 11 innings he pitched before landing on the DL due to a sore oblique on June 6. Colon was scheduled to be activated last Wednesday but was a late scratch due to back soreness.
The Braves will go with a six-man rotation this week but manager Brian Snitker wouldn’t commit to that situation going forward. Snitker told MLB.com’s Mark Bowman on Tuesday that the team would re-evaluate after Monday’s off day.
"I'm just going to go ahead and play it by ear," Snitker said. "I'm not a hundred percent sure. This [turn] everybody will get a start. Then after [Monday's] off-day, we'll re-evaluate and figure it out."
Colon’s best start of the season came against the Padres back on April 16 when he held them to just one hit and one run over seven strong innings. With Sean Newcomb looking impressive in his brief stint in the rotation, this could be Colon’s last chance to prove that he is capable of being in the mix for Atlanta’s rotation.
San Diego will counter with right hander Luis Perdomo who is 2-4 with a 4.56 ERA in 13 starts. Perdermo was wild but effective in his last outing firing six scoreless innings against Detroit despite walking six batters.
Ender Inciarte went 1-for-3 with a run scored in Tuesday’s win and now has 100 hits on the season.
Game Date/Time: Wednesday, June 28, 10:10 p.m. ET
Location: Petco Park
TV: Fox Sports Southeast
Radio: 93.7 FM / 680 AM, Braves Radio Network