Smith-Shawver hasn’t pitched since Sept. 3, when he went two-thirds of an inning for Gwinnett in his return from the injured list. He threw 31 pitches in that outing. He was part of the Braves’ bullpen during his latest stint in the majors, but he didn’t pitch in a game. But as Snitker mentioned, he’s not fully stretched out because of his injured-list stint for right shoulder inflammation.
The Braves have shuffled through starters to fill the fifth spot in their rotation. Allan Winans pitched Sunday versus the Pirates, but that was a spot start.
Morton and Wright pitched Monday, which left them unavailable to start until at least Saturday.
It’s logical to think Smith-Shawver could still be on the Braves’ postseason roster. In Gwinnett, he can pitch regularly as he continues to build up following his time on the injured list.
Braves starters for the Miami series
The Braves will start Bryce Elder in Friday’s series opener at loanDepot Park.
After Saturday’s “TBA” (To Be Announced), Charlie Morton will pitch in Sunday’s roadtrip finale.