Braves don’t expect Chris Martin to require IL stint

022521 North Port: Atlanta Braves pitcher Chris Martin delivers from the practice mounds during a morning session at spring training in CoolToday Park on Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021, in North Port.   Curtis Compton / Curtis.Compton@ajc.com���
022521 North Port: Atlanta Braves pitcher Chris Martin delivers from the practice mounds during a morning session at spring training in CoolToday Park on Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021, in North Port. Curtis Compton / Curtis.Compton@ajc.com���

Credit: Curtis Compton / Curtis.Compton@

Credit: Curtis Compton / Curtis.Compton@

Braves reliever Chris Martin is considered day-to-day after exiting his appearance during the eighth inning Sunday due to numbness in his fingers. The Braves are optimistic he won’t require time on the injured list.

Martin struggled in his outing, surrendered three hits, including Alec Bohm’s single that scored the winning run, in the Braves’ 2-1 loss to the Phillies. Martin left later in the frame, indicating he had an issue with his fingers. Manager Brian Snitker didn’t have an update immediately following the game. Martin didn’t require an MRI, a person familiar with the situation said.

The Braves will breathe a sigh of relief that Martin shouldn’t miss extended time. Martin is a crucial part of their bullpen, which is trying to replace three key veterans who left in the offseason. He’s been a model of consistency since joining the Braves in late July 2019, posting a 2.65 ERA with 43 strikeouts against five walks across 41 appearances.

Martin, 34, is in the second year of a two-year, $14 million deal he signed with the Braves in November 2019.

The Braves (0-3) resume play Tuesday against the Nationals. They’ll play a doubleheader in Washington Wednesday and begin their first homestand Friday against the Phillies.

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