Huascar Ynoa didn’t give the Braves much of a chance in Monday’s 11-2 loss to the Nationals at Truist Park.

Here are five observations on the Braves’ (2-3) latest loss:

1. Ynoa has proven he can be a proficient starting pitcher at this level. But this question remains after his rough 2022 debut: Can he return to doing so after all that has happened?

“Of course, I definitely feel like I can get back to form,” Ynoa said through interpreter Franco García. “A bad day doesn’t mean a bad season.”

Over three innings, Ynoa allowed five runs on seven hits. He walked two batters and struck out four. He has not been able to return to form since he broke his hand punching the dugout bench. It could not have helped that inflammation in his right shoulder limited him to one postseason start.

Before breaking his hand last season, Ynoa posted a 3.02 ERA over nine games (eight starts). That figure rose to 5.05 in nine regular-season starts following the injury.

2. Earlier Monday, the Nationals recalled lefty Josh Rogers from Triple-A to fill their rotation opening. He arrived in Atlanta set to face a dangerous lineup.

The Braves immediately jumped on Rogers. Ozzie Albies led off the bottom of the first inning with a double, and Marcell Ozuna eventually scored him with a two-out single.

After that?


Rogers, who owned a 5.55 career ERA, eventually retired 10 straight Braves before Eddie Rosario walked in the fifth inning. The Braves never collected another hit off Rogers, who allowed only the one run over 5 ⅓ innings.

3. Ynoa escaped in the first and second innings, but unraveled in the third.

This is how it started: Walk, single, single. A run scored. Ynoa actually managed to get two outs, but Lane Thomas doubled two more home before Maikel Franco hit a 396-foot, two-run homer to left field.

4. The two pitchers who followed Ynoa had opposite outings.

Spencer Strider was charged with one run over 3 ⅓ innings in relief of Ynoa, but Tucker Davidson experienced a rough eighth inning.

In a five-run eighth, Franco cleared the bases with a double to give the Nationals a 10-run lead.

5. The Braves were planning to start Davidson on Tuesday, but they needed him in this game. And because Ian Anderson and Ynoa gave the Braves back-to-back short starts, the club didn’t have any options left to piece together the series’ second game.

So, who will pitch? Snitker said the Braves will probably bring up two players.

The catch: Those players can’t come from the 40-man roster, unless there’s an injury. So throw out names like Touki Toussaint and Dylan Lee.

The reason: Players on the 40-man roster who were optioned must spend at least 10 days in the minors, so they aren’t eligible to be recalled until April 17 unless they are replacing a player who is headed to the injured list.

And the two players who are removed from the 28-man roster will need to spend a minimum of 10 days in the minors before going back.

One option is Bryce Elder, who is lined up to pitch in Triple A on Tuesday. He would be making his MLB debut if the Braves called on him.

Opening-day starter Max Fried will still get an extra day of rest, and is lined up to pitch on Wednesday.

Nationals 11, Braves 2 (box score)

Stat to know

4-The Braves collected only four hits. Franco matched them with four of his own. The Braves didn’t tally a hit or a run in innings two through eight. Washington had 11 more hits than Atlanta.


“We forget how far this kid has come the last couple of years, too. So he’s still trying to figure things out. He’s not a finished product yet. But we saw how good his stuff can play. He’s going to go through bumps in the road, whether it’s beginning, middle, end.”– Snitker on Ynoa

Up next

The Braves have not announced a starter for Tuesday night’s game, but the Nationals will start left-hander Patrick Corbin.