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Touki Toussaint to make major league debut on Monday


The Braves will play two against the Marlins on Monday, making up the game that was postponed due to inclement weather on August 1. Pitching prospect Touki Toussaint will start the first game, per Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Mike Foltynewicz will start the second game.

Toussaint, 22, is considered the No. 7 prospect in the Braves’ minor league system, according to MLB Pipeline. The Braves acquired Toussaint from the Diamondbacks along with Bronson Arroyo in exchange for infielder Phil Gosselin. It was a trade that was widely panned on the Diamondbacks’ side at the time and still is. That move was made by their previous front office configuration that included Dave Stewart and Tony La Russa.

Between Double-A Mississippi and Triple-A Gwinnett this season, Toussaint compiled a 2.68 ERA with a 139/49 K/BB ratio in 117 1/3 innings across 21 starts. It’s very likely that Toussaint will only be up for the start on Monday and then will be sent back down to the minors.

Braves shutting down Mike Soroka for 4-5 days due to shoulder problems

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Mark Bowman of reports that Braves starter Mike Soroka will be shut down for the next 4-5 days due to renewed soreness in his right shoulder.

Soroka is not presently listed in the top five of the Braves depth chart at starter, but is nonetheless an enormously talented pitcher who, at some point this season, was likely to figure into their plans. He was supposed to figure in more largely than he did last season, but after an impressive debut he missed the entire second half with shoulder problems, making only five starts.

There will no doubt be a reevaluation of him in the next few days, but this is could bad news for the Braves’ pitching depth.