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Braves option Sean Newcomb to minor league camp

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2020 has not gone well for Newcomb, who holds a 11.20 ERA after four starts

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The Atlanta Braves have optioned struggling left-handed pitcher Sean Newcomb to their Gwinnett satellite site, according to manager Brian Snitker.

Newcomb pitched poorly once again on Monday night in the series finale against the Phillies, getting rocked for 8 runs on six hits and two walks in just 1 13 innings. His ERA for the season rose to 11.20, and it was becoming apparently the Braves could no longer justifiably hand him the ball anymore in a season where every game matters.

The Braves will presumably announce the corresponding roster move on Tuesday prior to their game in New York against the Yankees.

There was some guarded optimism for Newcomb in 2020 following an improved 2019 campaign in the bullpen, but clearly that has not translated. Newcomb’s strikeout rates had dropped, and while he was walking a few batters less than his career norms, he was getting pulverized by the long ball.

Newcomb joins fellow starter Mike Foltynewicz as Braves starting rotation members quickly jettisoned to the Gwinnett site immediately following a poor performance.