Braves pitcher Foltynewicz has rib removed to combat blood clots

Mike Foltynewicz underwent surgery on Monday but has plenty of recovery ahead of him in the coming weeks.


Atlanta Braves pitcher Mike Foltynewicz has had surgery to remove half a rib after being hospitalized because of blood clots in his right arm.

The team says Foltynewicz is expected to be released from the hospital Thursday and will continue a treatment of blood thinners for at least six weeks.

Foltynewicz had the front part of his first rib removed Monday in a procedure performed at Wellstar Kennestone Hospital in Marietta, Georgia. The Braves were in New York to play the Mets.

Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Alex Cobb had a similar operation in 2011.

Foltynewicz was taken to an emergency room Friday with swelling and redness in his arm, assistant general manager John Coppolella said Sunday.

Foltynewicz is 4-6 with a 5.71 ERA in 15 starts and three relief appearances. The right-hander last pitched on Aug. 25 and was placed on the 15-day disabled list Sept. 2.

Atlanta acquired Foltynewicz on Jan. 14 in a trade that sent catcher-outfielder Evan Gattis to the Houston Astros.