Fresh off a series win where Kyle Wright helped the Braves take three of four in Washington, the Braves are making a scheduled roster move to put another young arm on the hill for tonight’s series opener in Baltimore:
The #Braves today recalled RHP Touki Toussaint to the active roster after optioning LHP Sean Newcomb to the club’s alternate site following yesterday’s game.— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) September 14, 2020
Toussaint will return to the big league club to make his first appearance since August 23 (four outs, two hits, two walks, one run, one strikeout), and his first start since August 17, when he was pulled in the middle of a plate appearance. (The six walks before that probably had something to do with it.)
The Braves will hope that, like Wright, Toussaint might be able to take a step forward as the season winds down. To date, he has a gnarly 171 ERA- and 136 FIP- on the season, albeit with a perfectly fine 102 xFIP- that suggests he could be just fine with a larger sample. Still, his career line is a fairly uninspiring 128/113/114 across 10 starts and 27 relief appearances spanning 92 1⁄3 innings of work, so it’s all still a work in progress.
Newcomb returns to the alternate training site at Gwinnett without having throw a pitch for the Braves while called up. If and when he does throw another 2020 pitch for Atlanta, it will be a return to a disappointing 243/167/144 line.