“We’ve been excited about getting the guys back, getting them stretched out and getting them in their routines,” Snitker said. “We know what they’re capable of, and it’s very encouraging to have everybody back in the swing, so to speak.”
Foltynewicz’s statistics weren’t pretty in his rehabilitation starts: He allowed 12 earned runs in 17-2/3 innings, including six earned runs and seven hits in 5-1/3 innings of his final rehab start for Gwinnett. But Foltynewicz reported he felt good physically while throwing 89 pitches (59 strikes) Sunday, and the Braves’ internal reports indicated he threw the ball much better than the stats suggested.
“The (statistical) line wasn’t what the stuff was,” Snitker said. “His stuff was right where it needs to be. Physically, everything is great. He won’t have, really, any limitations (Saturday).”
Last season, Foltynewicz started 31 games for the Braves, compiling a 13-10 record and 2.85 ERA. In 183 innings, he allowed 130 hits and 68 walks and struck out 202 batters. He battled through elbow soreness at times during the season.
He made the National League All-Star team for the first time last season.
Fried started Friday night’s opener of a three-game series against the Rockies. Gausman is scheduled to start the series finale Sunday afternoon.