Kolby Allard to get MRI after leaving start with left shoulder tightness

Braves starting pitcher Kolby Allard left Sunday’s game against the White Sox in the second inning with left shoulder tightness. Manager Brian Snitker said postgame that Allard would get an MRI.

“He threw a pitch, he said, and had some tingling in his fingers,” Snitker said. “I saw him moving his arm and so I went out there (thinking) he’s doing some weird stuff.”

Allard struggled before he was taken out. In 1-2/3 innings, he gave up seven hits and four runs, all earned. He was removed with runners on first and third after giving up three consecutive singles.

Snitker said he didn’t know which pitch Allard felt it on, so Allard could have thrown with the tightness. Allard was not available postgame.

Collin McHugh came in in relief. He stranded the runners, as pinch hitter Gavin Sheets lined out on the first pitch he saw. Six Braves pitchers threw in the game, which the Braves lost, 8-1.

Allard’s ERA rose to 6.57. He was in his third appearance of the year after suffering an oblique strain in spring training. He made two appearances for Triple-A Gwinnett and started for the Braves against the Twins, but threw only 72 pitches in his return to the majors.

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