Spring training is still young but the Atlanta Braves are already dealing with a number of nagging issues with its pitching staff. Mike Foltynewicz started the second spring training game and looked solid but has been scratched from his scheduled start on Friday due to reoccurring soreness in his pitching elbow per a report from MLB.com’s Mark Bowman.
Folty will not start tomorrow because he felt elbow soreness during Sunday’s start in West Palm.— Mark Bowman (@mlbbowman) February 28, 2019
Bowman adds that Folty dealt with elbow soreness a different times last season although that was never reported. The Braves are going to play it safe right now and he won’t pitch again until he is examined by team doctors on Saturday.
Folty dealt with elbow discomfort during parts of last season. Snit says he’d pitch if this was the regular season. But a timetable won’t be set until Folty is evaluated by Dr. Lourie Saturday.— Mark Bowman (@mlbbowman) February 28, 2019
Additionally, the debuts of Luiz Gohara and Kevin Gausman have been put on hold. Bowman reports that Gohara is throwing but is still working his way back from a shoulder problem. Kevin Gausman has also been dealing with shoulder soreness and the Braves are taking it easy with him as well.
Gohara (shoulder) has been throwing, but he’s not ready to pitch in a game. The Braves are also slow playing Gausman because his shoulder recently bothered him— Mark Bowman (@mlbbowman) February 28, 2019
There is no good time for these things to occur but it is still early enough in the spring that these things can work themselves out and hopefully they aren’t too serious. While Foltynewicz and Gausman are on the mend, it will allow the Braves the opportunity to give an extended look at some of their top pitching prospects who have performed well so far in Grapefruit League play. However, they are going to need Foltynewicz and Gausman both healthy by the time the regular season opens.