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Mike Foltynewicz set for 2019 debut on Saturday against Rockies

Folty is set to debut after missing a month with an elbow ailment

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Braves manager Brian Snitker announced on Tuesday that Mike Foltynewicz will be activated for Saturday’s home game against the Rockies. It will be Foltynewicz’s 2019 debut after missing the first four weeks of the season with an elbow injury.

Foltynewicz ended up making four rehab starts with Gwinnett, and while the results weren’t very encouraging (6.11 ERA, 7.13 K/9, 4.58 BB/9 over 18 innings), his stuff looked good and he was hampered by some poor weather in two of the starts.

Foltynewicz’s elbow first started barking in early March. The Braves opted to take the cautious approach and shut him down, especially after he dealt with a similar ailment last summer that caused him to miss a couple starts.

The 27-year-old flamethrower is coming off a breakout season in which he went 13-10 with a 2.85 ERA, 3.37 FIP and 202 strikeouts across 183 innings.

With a wealth of pitching depth at their disposal, it appears the Braves will have Foltynewicz in the rotation along with Kevin Gausman, Max Fried, Mike Soroka and Julio Teheran. Bryse Wilson was recently recalled from Gwinnett and is working out of the bullpen at the moment. Kyle Wright, Touki Toussaint and Sean Newcomb, who are all currently in Gwinnett, are also available to start should the club need their services.

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