Potentially scary news for the Braves: Mike Foltynewicz left Tuesday night’s start against the Mets due to tightness in his right triceps, the club announced. Foltynewicz went five shutout innings, limiting the Mets to two hits with no walks and six strikeouts.
Foltynewicz, 26, has been the Braves’ best starter this season and one of the best starters in the league, so potentially losing him for any period of time would be a big blow. After Tuesday’s performance, he owns a 2.16 ERA with a 94/33 K/BB ratio in 79 innings. Among qualified National League starters, the only ones with a lower ERA are Jacob deGrom (1.57) and Max Scherzer (2.00).
Foltynewicz will likely undergo further testing and the Braves should pass along an update by the weekend. The right-hander’s next scheduled start would come on Sunday at home against the Padres.
Former MLB player and manager Brad Ausmus will manage the Angels in 2019, the team announced Sunday. His contract will extend through the 2021 season, though it’s not clear whether a club option exists for 2022. A formal press conference will be held on Monday at 1:00 PM PDT to introduce the new skipper.
Angels general manager Billy Eppler gave a statement following Ausmus’ hiring:
Ausmus, 49, was also considered for a managerial role with the Reds prior to their hiring of David Bell on Sunday. He’ll replace longtime manager Mike Scioscia, who finished his 19th and final campaign with the club on the last day of the 2018 season.
A former catcher and three-time Gold Glove Award winner, Ausmus capped his 18-year MLB playing career in 2010. He managed the Tigers from 2014 to 2017, during which he guided the club to a 314-332 record and a postseason berth in 2014. After the Tigers declined to offer the skipper an extension in 2018, he was hired as a special assistant to the Angels’ general manager, and remained in that role for the duration of the regular season.