Braves demote Mike Foltynewicz to Triple-A

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Braves right-hander Mike Foltynewicz is headed back to Triple-A six weeks after being called up and added to the starting rotation.

Foltynewicz had some early success, but allowed 16 runs in 16 innings this month to push his overall ERA to 5.19 in nine starts. He posted a solid 48/17 K/BB ratio in 52 innings, but served up eight homers.

Acquired from the Astros in January as part of the Evan Gattis trade, Foltynewicz is a 23-year-old former first-round draft pick who ranked among Baseball America’s top-100 prospects last year. He remains a big part of the Braves’ rebuilding plans.

Houston’s Yordan Alvarez leaves game with ankle discomfort

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HOUSTON — Houston slugger Yordan Alvarez left the Astros’ game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the fifth inning with left ankle discomfort.

Alvarez, who is tied for second in the American League with 37 home runs, rolled his ankle running out of the box on a single in the first inning.

He looked to be in some pain as he jogged to first base and was checked on briefly by manager Dusty Baker and a trainer before remaining in the game. Serving as the designated hitter, he struck out in the third inning before being replaced by pinch-hitter David Hensley for his at-bat in the fifth.