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.
The #Braves today recalled LHP Sean Newcomb to Atlanta and placed RHP Chris Martin on the 10-day injured list with right elbow inflammation.— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) September 2, 2021
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.