Of all the pleasant surprises in the early going of this season, perhaps no one has surprised more than reliever Shane Carle. So when Carle left Tuesday night’s game after throwing just two pitches, there was obvious reason for concern.
Thankfully, it appears Carle avoided a serious injury.
#Braves reliever Shane Carle is feeling better, listed as day-to-day.— David O'Brien (@DOBrienAJC) May 2, 2018
The Braves said Carle’s issue was numbness in two of his fingers, and while it may continue to cause him issues in the future, it’s (obviously) better than an elbow or shoulder ailment. I would imagine he won’t be available tonight as Sean Newcomb takes the mound in New York.
Carle has been one of the game’s top relievers through the first six weeks. He owns a 0.96 ERA with strong strikeout and walk numbers through 18.2 innings. For someone who was one of the final members of the 25-man roster coming out of spring training, he’s been impressive in the 7th and 8th innings.