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Braves place Chris Martin on the 10-day injured list, recall Sean Newcomb

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Martin allowed the go-ahead run to score in Wednesday’s night’s loss

MLB: AUG 31 Braves at Dodgers Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Atlanta Braves bullpen takes another hit as the club announced Thursday that reliever Chris Martin is headed to the 10-day injured list due to inflammation in his right elbow. Martin allowed two hits, a walk and the go-ahead run in Wednesday’s 4-3 loss to the Dodgers. The team recalled lefty Sean Newcomb to take Martin’s spot on the active roster.

Martin hasn’t been nearly as dominant in 2021 and his numbers suggest that perhaps he has been battling physical issues. Martin’s strikeout percentage is down from 30.3% last season to just 17.4% in 2021. His fastball velocity hasn’t dipped but his slider usage has dropped to just 15.5% after throwing it nearly 26% percent of the time last season. Martin had an earlier stint on the injured list due to shoulder inflammation. He has appeared in 40 games while posting a 4.17 ERA and a 3.48 FIP in 36 2/3 innings.

Newcomb has a 5.68 ERA and a 3.79 FIP in 25 1/3 innings at the Major League level. His last appearance in the majors came on July 30.

The Braves will begin a four-game series in Colorado Thursday night.