The Atlanta Braves will make a change to their starting rotation over the weekend. Sean Newcomb will return to the rotation to make Saturday’s start against the Phillies at SunTrust Park according to a report by MLB.com’s Mark Bowman.
Newcomb will start Saturday unless something crazy happens and he’s needed out of the bullpen Friday— Mark Bowman (@mlbbowman) June 11, 2019
Newcomb opened the season in the rotation but was sent back to Triple-A after just three starts. He has worked exclusively out of Atlanta’s bullpen since the start of May and has performed well posting a 1.42 ERA in 16 relief appearances. Newcomb will start in place of Kevin Gausman who was placed on the injured list Monday due to plantar fasciitis in his right foot.
Dallas Keuchel plans
Mark Bowman also reports that Dallas Keuchel will pitch for Mississippi on Saturday which would line him up to make his Atlanta debut on June 21 in Washington D.C. against the Nationals. Keuchel looked sharp in Monday’s debut where he threw seven shutout innings for Rome.
Josh Donaldson receives one-game suspension
Braves third baseman Josh Donaldson was ejected in the first inning of Monday’s series opener against the Pirates after he exchanged words with Pirates pitcher Joe Musgrove after he was hit by a pitch. During the skirmish, Donaldson shoved Pirates catcher Elias Diaz. Donaldson was given a one-game suspension by Major League Baseball according to The Athletic’s David O’Brien but will appeal and is in the lineup for Tuesday’s game.