“A.J., I told him it wasn’t all his fault (last season),” he said. “Last year he got in a car wreck in spring training and never caught up. He just never caught up. It shows how fragile this whole thing is. You’re never guaranteed anything and things can change quickly. You approach every day as a big deal. I’ve seen A.J., he’s looked like a different guy to me this spring. He’s been in better shape. It’s just a matter of getting him going and how we’re going to construct the bullpen.”
Sobotka tantalized when he debuted in 2018, but last season extinguished that optimism. The hard-throwing, towering righty had a 6.21 ERA in 29 innings, striking out 38 and walking 19 in that span. He’s one of many who’ll try to make the most of temporary promotions as the Braves rely on a bevy of relievers.
The Braves have 26 more cuts to make before reaching their 26-man opening day roster.