As expected, Sean Newcomb has been activated for Tuesday’s game against the Cubs. To make room on the roster, Chad Sobotka has been optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett.
The #Braves today returned LHP Sean Newcomb from his major league rehabilitation assignment and reinstated him from the 7-day concussion injured list. Following last night’s game, the club optioned RHP Chad Sobotka to Triple-A Gwinnett.— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) June 25, 2019
Newcomb had been on the seven-day Injured List after being hit in the back of the head by a JT Realmuto line drive on June 15. He pitched two shutout innings in Triple-A Gwinnett on Saturday to ensure that he felt alright to return the the Braves. It is a small miracle that Newcomb walked away with just some soreness and a short stint on the Injured List.
The Braves are thankful to get Newcomb back for obvious reasons, but also for a not-as-obvious reason. The Cubs have not fared near as well against left-handed pitchers as the have against right-handers (106 wRC+ against righties compared to 95 wRC+ against lefties this season). Newcomb will be welcomed back to an improving bullpen.
Sobotka, for his part, made the most of his brief foray back in the big leagues. During Monday night’s loss, Sobotka threw 10 strikes on 13 pitches and recorded six outs (no hits). If Sobotka can continue to show this kind of command, he will likely find himself back in the majors soon.