The Atlanta Braves announced Thursday that they have recalled right-hander AJ Smith-Shawver from Gwinnett. He will start Thursday’s series finale against the Chicago Cubs. Darius Vines was optioned to open up a spot on the active roster.
The #Braves today recalled RHP AJ Smith-Shawver to Atlanta after optioning RHP Darius Vines to Triple-A Gwinnett following last night’s game.— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) September 28, 2023
Smith-Shawver is still working his way back from a shoulder that cost him a little bit of time over the final two months of the Triple A season. He’s made three starts since returning, but hasn’t gone more than three innings and 42 pitches so Thursday’s game may actually be more of a bullpen affair.
Smith-Shawver made his major league debut earlier this season. He has made five appearances overall and four starts while posting a 4.57 ERA and a 7.32 FIP in 21 2/3 innings.
Vines pitched well again Wednesday and has made a solid first impression over five appearances .