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Mark Melancon dealing with back issue, considered day-to-day

Houston Astros v Atlanta Braves Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images

When the Braves took the lead in the 10th inning of Saturday night’s game against the Mets, everyone assumed Mark Melancon would come in for the final three outs. That did not happen — Luke Jackson worked a second inning — and everyone’s attention turned to the Braves’ presumed closer, at least while Will Smith remains on the COVID-19 list.

Following the game, manager Brian Snitker said Melancon’s back tightened up during the game and was unavailable to pitch. It sounds like the back issue is a minor one for Melancon and he could be available as early as tomorrow. Additionally, Snitker said he did not want to give the ball to Shane Greene after he pitched yesterday hence why Jackson was left in the game. One would assume Greene would serve as the club’s closer if Melancon needs a few days off.

The Braves and Mets will conclude their series on Sunday night with Sean Newcomb and Rick Porcello on the mound.

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