Braves recall Sean Newcomb, designate Robbie Erlin

080520 Atlanta: Atlanta Braves manager Brian Snitker pulls pitcher Sean Newcomb during the fifth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays in a MLB baseball game on Wednesday, August 5, 2020 in Atlanta.    Curtis Compton ccompton@ajc.com
080520 Atlanta: Atlanta Braves manager Brian Snitker pulls pitcher Sean Newcomb during the fifth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays in a MLB baseball game on Wednesday, August 5, 2020 in Atlanta. Curtis Compton ccompton@ajc.com

Credit: Curtis Compton

Credit: Curtis Compton

For the second consecutive year, the Braves hope Sean Newcomb can return from Gwinnett and make a positive impact.

The Braves recalled Newcomb from their alternate training site Saturday. The 27-year-old last pitched Aug. 10, when he allowed eight runs in only 1-1/3 innings against the Phillies.

Newcomb, 27, made five starts before the Braves optioned him to Gwinnett. He allowed 17 earned runs on 20 hits in 13-2/3 innings (11.20 ERA). The southpaw was transitioning back to the rotation after spending much of 2019 in the bullpen.

For his latest return, Newcomb will be in the bullpen again, at least for now. He’ll give the Braves another pitcher who can cover multiple innings, which has been oft-needed this season with starters constantly going so few innings.

Newcomb had a 3.04 ERA in 51 games (53-1/3 innings) as a reliever last season. He struck out 57 and walked only 18, showing the consistent aggression that’s eluded him as a starter.

“He’s been on a starting routine, so he’s good and stretched out,” manager Brian Snitker said. "We saw how good he can do out of the bullpen last year, so it’s another good arm to have down there.”

Lefty Robbie Erlin was designated for assignment in a corresponding move. Erlin pitched in nine games (five starts) and posted an 8.10 ERA. He allowed five earned runs in 1-2/3 innings against the Nationals in his latest start.

Erlin’s dismissal is yet another change to the Braves' ever-evolving rotation. They’re hoping the group looks better next week when left-handers Max Fried and Cole Hamels are expected to return.