Braves reliever Jacob Webb done for season with elbow injury
The 26-year-old Webb had been one of the most effective pitchers in Atlanta’s shaky bullpen, with a 4-0 record, two saves and a 1.39 ERA in 36 appearances. But he had not pitched in the big leagues since going on the 10-day IL with an elbow impingement July 13.
“His elbow still isn’t right,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said before Tuesday night’s game against the Miami Marlins. “They don’t know (what it is). They’ll have him looked at again, do all the tests.”
Webb began a rehab assignment at Triple-A Gwinnett on July 31 but struggled in 10 appearances, posting a 6.97 ERA.
“You could tell something wasn’t right just by the results he was getting in Triple-A,” Snitker said. “They’ll look at him further, re-evaluate him, and if something needs be done, then get it done now.”
The Braves aren’t sure if Webb will need surgery, which might delay his return in 2020.
“Hopefully by shutting him down this year, he’ll be ready to go for spring training,” Snitker said.
Webb started this season at Gwinnett but was called up to the big league club for the first time early in the season. While others struggled, he became a steadying influence out of the bullpen. In 32 1/3 innings, he allowed 24 hits and 12 walks while striking out 28.
Webb was recalled from Gwinnett and shifted to the 60-day IL to make room on the 40-man roster for outfielder Billy Hamilton, who was claimed off waivers from the Kansas City Royals.