Braves ace Mike Foltynewicz has officially been ruled out for Opening Day due to elbow soreness.
Or, more specifically, due to the delay in his spring training ramp-up schedule due to elbow soreness. There’s no suggestion right now that he is seriously injured, but he’s been sidelined for a couple of weeks and has just begun to play catch. Work from a mound vs. live hitters is currently unscheduled.
Still, it was expected that Foltynewicz was going to be the Braves’ Opening Day starter this year thanks to his fantastic 2018 season in which he posted a 2.85 ERA and a K/BB ratio of 202/68 in 183 innings across 31 starts. Taking his place in the opener against Philly will likely be either Julio Teheran or Sean Newcomb.
SNY’s Andy Martino reports that Mets pitcher Robert Gsellman has been diagnosed with a partial lat tear. There is no timetable yet for his recovery, but it would seem likely he doesn’t pitch again this season.
Gsellman, 26, went on the injured list on Saturday (retroactive to August 14) with what was initially called right triceps tightness. Across 63 2/3 innings of relief for the Mets this season, the right-hander posted a 4.66 ERA with 60 strikeouts and 23 walks.
Losing Gsellman is a big deal for the Wild Card-hopeful Mets. While his ERA wasn’t anything incredible, he was a workhorse, accruing the most innings of anyone in the bullpen. With Gsellman out of the mix, the Mets will lean even more on Seth Lugo and Jeurys Familia behind struggling closer Edwin Díaz.