The Braves optioned the lefty to the minors before Sunday's game against the Mets. Newcomb, 25, pitched 1-1/3 inning the night before, surrendering a four-run lead in just six batters time.
Now 52 starts into his career, Newcomb has struggled with command issues going back to his days as a prospect. The swing and misses are down while the walks and deep counts remain up. The Braves, contending for a division title, decided his development is better served in Triple-A.