The Atlanta Braves placed starter Mike Foltynewicz on the disabled list late Friday night due to bone chips in his elbow. Foltynewicz was scheduled to start Saturday's game opposite of Clayton Kershaw but that assignment will now go to Bud Norris. Atlanta will announce a corresponding roster move prior to Saturday's game but are expected to add another pitcher to the bullpen.
The AJC's David O'Brien reports that an MRI and CT scan showed no structural damage in the elbow and that the injury is not serious. Foltynewicz told O'Brien that he has been dealing with pain not while throwing but when doing everyday tasks.
“It doesn’t hurt when I throw, it just hurts when I do normal stuff like pull on my cap or brush my teeth, take off my jersey,” said Foltynewicz. “But if this is something that I have to pitch with and learn how to pitch with, I’ll do it.”
It seems as though the plan on Friday was for Foltynewicz to make Saturday's start but rumblings began when he sat down for an interview with Bill Shanks.
Mike Foltynewicz told me he is not going to make his start SAT night. He has some bone spurs in his elbow. MRI was clean. INT coming soon.— BillShanks (@BillShanks) June 4, 2016
Foltynewicz has been a pleasant surprise this season going 2-2 with a 3.51 ERA in six starts. He has made the most progress with his control where he has walked just eight batters in 33 1/3 innings while piling up 28 strikeouts.