Braves lefty Tucker Davidson will go on IL

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Braves pitcher Tucker Davidson discusses the discomfort in forearm that forced early exit during start against Boston.

Braves left-hander Tucker Davidson exited his start Tuesday against the Red Sox in the third inning due to left forearm tightness. Davidson will undergo an MRI Wednesday and be placed on the injured list, manager Brian Snitker said after the game.

“We’ll know more tomorrow,” Snitker said. “They did all the manual tests and everything tested OK. Hopefully it’s nothing that a little rest won’t alleviate.”

Davidson, 25, was struggling in the outing. He also exhibited a drop in velocity. He said he started feeling discomfort in the third inning when he threw a curveball and noticed something wasn’t right.

“It felt a little tight,” Davidson said. “It just didn’t feel normal. I saw the velocity drop after that and knew there was something going on there.” Davidson added he was “encouraged” by what he was told in the training room and that he doesn’t expect the injury to be “anything too crazy.”

The southpaw was charged five runs on five hits, including two homers, in 2-1/3 innings before leaving what was his fifth career start.

It’s a difficult development for Davidson, who was having an excellent start to the season before Tuesday. He hadn’t allowed a run across his last two outings (11-2/3 innings) and had earned a regular spot in the Braves’ rotation. Bryse Wilson is a logical candidate to replace Davidson in his next turn. The Braves will announce a corresponding roster move Wednesday.

The Braves rallied but lost to the Red Sox, 10-8, at Truist Park. They dropped to 30-34, 6-1/2 games behind the Mets in the National League East.

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