The Atlanta Braves will have to continue their pursuit of the Washington Nationals in the NL East race without the help of one of their top young arms for the next two weeks. Rookie right-hander Shae Simmons was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday afternoon with a shoulder strain, according to a team announcement.
In a corresponding move, the club recalled 26-year-old rookie Juan Jaime from Triple-A Gwinnett.
Simmons has been quite reliable for manager Fredi Gonzalez since being called up from Double-A Mississippi, owning a 2.91 ERA in 21 2/3 innings of work. He had hit a rough patch over his four outings, though, allowing four earned runs and walking twice as many guys as he’s struck out.
Jaime has also pitched well in limited MLB action this season. A power arm whose fastball sits in the 96-97 miles per hour range, Jaime has struck out seven of the 14 batters he’s faced this season, allowing just one earned run on a solo homer. He’s fanned at leats 10 batters per nine innings in every single season of his professional career.
The Braves’ bullpen remains one of the best in baseball, but the loss of Simmons certainly is not ideal in the middle of a tight division race.