Luiz Gohara’s 2018 season has not at all gone according to plan. After a success debut in 2017 that saw him light up the radar gun and have him picked to have a breakout 2018 season in the Braves’ rotation, Gohara first suffered a minor groin injury that put him behind the rest of the Braves’ starters, but it wasn’t expected to keep him from joining the rotation by the time he was needed.
That all changed when he injured his ankle in fielding practice drills that killed his chances of locking down a spot in the starting rotation and was slated to keep him out until late April/early May. Well, the day has come for him to be activated from the disabled list and, for the moment, it appears as though he will have to wait a bit longer for his return to the majors.
Following last night’s game, the #Braves returned LHP Luiz Gohara from his rehabilitation assignment, reinstated him from the 10-day disabled list and optioned him to Triple-A Gwinnett.— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) April 28, 2018
This certainly not awful news as while it appears Gohara is healthy, he is still rounding into form on the mound. His last rehab start in Triple-A Gwinnett was a struggle as he gave up a couple of home runs and he struggled to find his command. Again, not unusual for a guy who has had to bounce around on rehab assignments and did not get any Spring Training action to speak of. A few more starts in the minors will hardly be the worst thing in the world.
With the status of Anibal Sanchez still unclear with his hamstring injury combined with the Braves sending Matt Wisler back down to the minors and Julio Teheran’s shoulder giving him fits in his last start, things could start to get very interesting in the Braves’ rotation with Gohara right in the thick of it.
After he debuted in 2017, Gohara posted a 4.91 ERA and 2.75 FIP in five starts with 31 strikeouts in 29 1⁄3 innings.