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Braves acquire Adam Duvall from Reds for Lucas Sims, Matt Wisler, and Preston Tucker

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The Reds announced late Monday night that the club sent outfielder Adam Duvall to the Braves in exchange for pitchers Lucas Sims and Matt Wisler and outfielder Preston Tucker. None of the three players the Reds received were on the Braves’ 25-man roster.

Duvall, 29, hasn’t been very productive this season, batting a meager .205/.386/.399 with 15 home runs and 61 RBI. He is good for the occasional homer even if he strikes out a lot and doesn’t get on base. Duvall could platoon with Ender Inciarte, pushing Ronald Acuna into center field when an opposing lefty starter is on the mound.

Sims, 24, was once a highly-touted pitching prospect, but he has struggled in 68 major league innings, owning a 5.96 ERA with a 54/31 K/BB ratio. He has spent most of his season with Triple-A Gwinnett, putting up a much better 2.84 ERA with an 83/34 K/BB ratio in 73 innings.

Wisler, 25, was also once a well-regarded pitching prospect. Across 324 2/3 innings in the majors, he owns a 5.27 ERA with 230 strikeouts and 107 walks. He and Sims will provide rotation depth for the Reds, who figure to trade Matt Harvey by tomorrow’s 4 PM ET non-waiver trade deadline.

Tucker, 28, hit .256/.307/.444 with four homers and 22 RBI in 127 plate appearances for the Braves this season. The Braves sent him down to Triple-A in late June, where he’s compiled a light .691 OPS in 21 games.

Zack Wheeler will miss at least two starts when his wife gives birth

Zack Wheeler miss starts
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Per The Athletic’s Matt Gelb, Phillies starter Zack Wheeler will miss at least two starts when his wife goes into labor and gives birth to their first child, expected to be later this month. Wheeler, in fact, is not sure if he will return to play at all once their child is born.

Wheeler said, “We just have to see how things are here at the field and at the stadium. I’m happy with what I see so far. But things could change, especially once our baby’s born. I always think about what’s going on around me. Is it safe? Is it OK? Literally every single day. I have to just ask myself that. I’m going to continue to keep asking myself that every day.”

Wheeler, 30, inked a five-year, $118 million contract with the Phillies in December. He is slated for the No. 2 spot in the rotation behind Aaron Nola. Last season, with the Mets, Wheeler posted a 3.96 ERA with 195 strikeouts and 50 walks over 195 1/3 innings.

The No. 5 spot in the Phillies’ rotation is currently up for grabs between Nick Pivetta, Vince Velasquez, Ranger Suárez, and prospect Spencer Howard. One of the remaining three could fill in for Wheeler when he needs time off, temporarily or otherwise.