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The Daily Chop: Doubleheader pitching plans, upcoming schedule and more

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Atlanta’s pitching is going to be put to the test with 10 games scheduled over the next eight days.

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After winning two straight games, probably the last thing the Atlanta Braves wanted to see was a rain out. That is exactly the hand they were dealt Saturday when they were forced to cancel their scheduled game against the St. Louis Cardinals and reschedule it as a split doubleheader Sunday. It appears that rain will be in the forecast again Sunday but this is the Cardinals’ only scheduled trip to Atlanta, so they will likely do their best to get both games in if possible.

Game 1 Sunday is scheduled for 2:10 p.m. ET and will feature a pitching matchup of Bryse Wilson and Adam Wainwright. Wilson isn’t currently on the Braves’ roster so he will need to be added. They opened a roster spot Saturday afternoon by optioning reliever Jacob Webb back to Gwinnett but did not announce the corresponding move. Atlanta will also be able to add a 27th man for the doubleheader so expect a couple of roster moves Sunday morning. Drew Smyly will get the start in Game 2 opposite Kwang Hyun Kim.

The Braves have another doubleheader scheduled Monday up in New York which will begin a critical series against the Mets. Ian Anderson will likely start one of the games of the doubleheader and Brian Snitker said earlier this week that Kyle Muller would be an option as well. The Braves have no off days next week, so their pitching is going to get put to the test.

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ESPN’s Jesse Rogers reports that major league umpires will begin checking pitchers for foreign substances on Monday. The crackdown was announced earlier this week with many pitchers objecting. Per the report, pitchers will be checked between innings or after they come out of the game. Closers will be inspected before they enter the game.

The Minnesota Twins got back a key piece of their lineup Saturday when outfielder Byron Buxton was activated from the 10-day injured list. Buxton was the American League Player of the Month for April but was injured while trying to leg out a hit on May 7 and has been out of action since. Willians Astudillo was optioned to Triple-A to open a roster spot.

The Toronto Blue Jays acquired right-handed reliever Jacob Barnes from the New York Mets in exchange for minor league pitcher Troy Miller. Barnes had been designated for assignment by New York after struggling with a 6.27 ERA in 18 2/3 innings.

The Cincinnati Reds transferred infielder Mike Moustakas to the 60-day injured list Saturday. Moustakas recently suffered a setback in his return from a sore heel.

The Mets placed left-hander Joey Lucchesi on the 10-day injured list with inflammation in his left elbow and activated Outfielder Albert Almora from the injured list.

The injury bug bit the Phillies again as they placed outfielder Matt Joyce and catcher Andrew Knapp on the injured list Saturday. Joyce is dealing with a lower back strain while Knapp was placed on the 7-day list due to a concussion. The Phillies selected the contract of outfielder Matt Vierling and recalled catcher Rafael Marchan to fill out their roster.