The Braves have announced that relief pitcher Chris Martin has been reinstated from the injured list for some much needed depth to a bullpen that is second in innings pitched in the NL (110.1 IP).
.@WellstarHealth injury update:— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) August 20, 2020
The #Braves today reinstated RHP Chris Martin from the 10-day injured list and optioned RHP Kyle Wright to the club’s alternate training site. pic.twitter.com/e3TKb38i0b
Before the injury that forced him to the IL, Chris had a very weird start to the season compiling a 2.25 ERA, albeit in just four innings, but with a 2.25 HR/9 rate. That said, his addition strengthens what is already a strength for Atlanta.
To make this transaction complete the Braves also optioned Kyle Wright to the alternative site. For a team that is being challenged finding starting pitcher options his demotion speaks to how poorly Kyle has fared to start the season. After being announced that the Braves were going to skip his start for the likes of Tomlin and Erlin you could perhaps see something like this coming so that Kyle try and wright the ship (please hold applause until the end of the article) over in Gwinnett. Wright is currently 0-3, with a 7.20 ERA (6.48 FIP), 7.20 K/9, 9.60 BB/9, 1.2 HR/9 and -0.1 fWAR.
With two off days coming up Kyle won’t be needed in the rotation for approximately 11 days so this may be purely transactional to make space for Chris Martin but we will certainly find that out soon enough.