Left-hander Max Fried, recalled Thursday to make a start for injured Mike Soroka, was optioned back to Gwinnett. Fried didn’t pitch because the Braves were rained out against the Chicago Cubs.
Manager Brian Snitker originally had Newcomb listed to start Friday, but decided it was best to give the left-hander and his other regular starters an extra day of rest.
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”Then with the off day (Wednesday), they’ll have two in a row where they’ll have the extra day,” Snitker said.
Six of Newcomb’s seven starts have come with an extra day of rest. He has a 1.98 ERA over that span and has pitched 20 consecutive scoreless innings.
”The numbers are better,” Snitker said. ”You can’t dispute that. That baseball guy inside me is to get him out there as much as you can, as regular as you can. But it’s such a long season. There’s going to be times where we aren’t going to be able to do it. You see that industry-wide now. Guys are trying to get an extra day.”
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