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The Daily Chop: Drew Smyly working out of the pen for now

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Drew Smyly was out of the Atlanta Braves’ rotation for their four-game series against the Rockies and Brian Snitker said that the plan for now was for him to pitch out of the bullpen. Snitker did offer that there was a chance that Smyly could start a game during next week’s homestand.

“He’ll pitch out of the bullpen the next couple days,” Snitker said when asked about Smyly’s role. “There’s probably a situation that may open up next week that we’d slide him in.”

Smyly made his first relief appearance of the season in Saturday’s loss tossing a perfect eighth.

The Braves will wrap up their seven-game road trip Sunday and will then have Labor Day off before opening a nine-game home stand against the Nationals, Marlins and Rockies.

Braves News

  • Ian Anderson struggled and the Braves were unable to recover in a 7-6 loss to the Rockies Saturday night. Atlanta maintains a two game lead in the division thanks to a Phillies’ loss in Miami. However, the Mets pull to within 3.5 games after splitting a doubleheader against the Nationals.
  • The Rockies placed left-handed Austin Gomber and outfielder Connor Joe on the 10-day injured list prior to Saturday’s game. Gomber was scheduled to start Sunday’s series finale against Atlanta but will miss the remainder of the season with a stress fracture in his lower back. Double-A right-hander Ryan Feltner will make his Major League debut Sunday in Gomber’s place.

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