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Mike Foltynewicz could begin season on DL

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Braves starter Mike Foltynewicz continues to recover from the blood clot that ended his 2015 season and could begin this season on the disabled list.

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Mike Foltynewicz continues to recover from the blood clot that ended his 2015 season prematurely. While he has gotten a late start on his throwing program and could therefore begin the 2016 season on the disabled list, he is progressing from what could have been a potentially fatal situation.

Foltynewicz talked about his road back with MLB.com's Mark Bowman recently and said that he is looking forward to putting the entire situation behind him.

"It was a life-threatening injury, it really was," Foltynewicz said. "So it was kind of scary to go through. But we got it taken care of and I've just put it behind me."

Foltynewicz is about 15 pounds lighter currently than he was last season. He was cleared to begin the earliest stage of his throwing program on Christmas Day. He played long toss on Monday at Turner Field. He is not ready yet to concede that he will begin the season on the disabled list but the fact that he is progressing rapidly is the best scenario for the Braves.