Braves option Kyle Wright, Jacob Webb to minors camp

The Braves trimmed their roster by another two players Wednesday, sending right-handers Kyle Wright and Jacob Webb to the minor league alternate training site.

The decision confirmed Bryse Wilson leapfrogged Wright in the competition for the lone rotation opening. Huascar Ynoa is still another starter option, but it’s likely Wilson will begin the season as the team’s No. 5 while Mike Soroka (Achilles) continues working his way back. The team is optimistic Soroka could return in later April.

Wright had an up-and-down spring, posting a 4.50 ERA in five outings. He struck out 15 and walked eight in 16 innings. He’ll have opportunities to impact the 2021 Braves down the road, just as he did for last year’s club.

“We were running out of innings, so we just told him – he’s been good in spurts, he hasn’t been real sharp – so it’s an opportunity for him to go down and stay regular,” manager Brian Snitker said. “We’re going to need him before the year is over. We’ll start with X group, but we’re going to need them all.

“Kyle would be the first to tell you not everything is clicking on all cylinders. We all see the stuff, my God, it’s crazy. And that’s OK. He just keeps working and refining his craft. We’re going to need him.”

Webb had an option remaining, which worked against his roster bid. He had a 1.50 ERA with five strikeouts and no walks in six games this spring. Injuries have been the only issue with Webb’s major-league career thus far. He owns a 1.06 ERA in 44 games.

By optioning Webb, the Braves save a spot for a non-roster invitee, such as Nate Jones or Carl Edwards, or one of their relievers who’s out of options, like Luke Jackson or Grant Dayton. The numbers game worked against Webb, who nonetheless impressed the team and eventually will rejoin the bullpen mix.

“I’ve told (Webb) I love where he’s at right now,” Snitker said. “He’s getting back to where he was. He’s another one we’ll need before the year is over. This will give him an opportunity to keep going. But I like where he is.”

The Braves’ camp roster stands at 40 following the moves.

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Atlanta Braves' Jake Lamb slides past Boston Red Sox catcher Christian Vazquez to score on a Cristian Pache sacrifice fly in the fifth inning Tuesday, March 23, 2021, at CoolToday Park in North Port, Fla. (John Bazemore/AP)

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Atlanta Braves' Jake Lamb slides past Boston Red Sox catcher Christian Vazquez to score on a Cristian Pache sacrifice fly in the fifth inning Tuesday, March 23, 2021, at CoolToday Park in North Port, Fla. (John Bazemore/AP)

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Atlanta Braves' Jake Lamb slides past Boston Red Sox catcher Christian Vazquez to score on a Cristian Pache sacrifice fly in the fifth inning Tuesday, March 23, 2021, at CoolToday Park in North Port, Fla. (John Bazemore/AP)

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Notes from Wednesday:

- Have yourself a day, Austin Riley. The Braves’ usual third baseman, who was manning right field Wednesday, blasted two homers that were measured at 428 and 442 feet, respectively, in the team’s 6-3 loss to Pittsburgh. Riley was 5-for-25 (.200) without a homer entering the day. The Braves aren’t sweating spring performances too much, but they would welcome Riley catching fire just before they see Aaron Nola and the Phillies on April 1.

- Third baseman Jake Lamb was scratched from the lineup because he was “a little sore,” Snitker said. Lamb is coming off his best game, in which he doubled and homered. Johan Camargo started in his place. Lamb is expected to return to the lineup Thursday, Snitker said.

- Ian Anderson allowed four runs on eight hits in six innings. He was followed by Carl Edwards, who struck out two and walked one in his scoreless inning. A.J. Minter allowed two runs on four hits, including giving up a homer to Nick Gonzales, in his inning.

- Left-hander Drew Smyly will make his third spring start Thursday against the Rays. He has an 11.25 ERA (in a four-inning sample size) after allowing five earned runs against the Pirates on March 9.

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