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Braves place Kevin Gausman on IL, recall AJ Minter from Gwinnett

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Gausman will try to save his season after struggling mightily in recent weeks. Minter returns after a strong stint in Gwinnett.

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Kevin Gausman has been placed on the 10-day Injured List with plantar fasciitis in his right foot, and AJ Minter has been recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett, the Braves announced Tuesday evening.

Gausman has struggled mightily in his last three starts and clearly is not right on the mound. It was reported earlier on Tuesday that Sean Newcomb will start Saturday’s game against the Phillies, and with Newcomb presumably not being available out of the bullpen the next few nights, the Braves needed to replace him.

Minter, who was demoted to Gwinnett a month ago after a tough start to the year, pitched really well in the minors. He made a total of nine appearances with the Stripers, working 10 2/3 innings with a 2.53 ERA. He struck out 15 batters and walked just two of them, an encouraging sign after he lacked command in April. Brian Snitker pointed to Minter not having much of a Spring Training as the primary reason for his ineffectiveness early on. Here’s hoping he has figured things out — it would provide a big boost to the Braves’ improving bullpen.