Foltynewicz strikes out five in second rehab start

Braves right-hander Mike Foltynewicz made his second rehab start Tuesday afternoon for the Gwinnett Stripers.

Foltynewicz pitched 3-2/3 innings and allowed two runs on four hits, but struck out five and walked one, in Triple A-Gwinnett’s 3-0 loss to the Durham Bulls at Coolray Field in Lawrenceville.

Foltynewicz had to sit through a 43-minute rain delay in the second inning, but in the end, he threw 61 pitches, 43 for strikes.

Foltynewicz missed most of spring training because of elbow soreness and has not pitched in the majors this season. In his first rehab start Thursday for Gwinnett, he threw 56 pitches over five hitless innings.

“He threw 73 pitches, felt good and that’s the big thing,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said. “We’ll see how he feels tomorrow and re-evaluate.

“He could (start in five days). He’d be in line to.”

Snitker stressed that the Braves are not ready to say that Foltynewicz will make his next start in majors, but they want to see how he feels tomorrow.

The Stripers were held to four hits Tuesday, with Adam Duvall’s double being the only extra-base hit. Gwinnett batters were 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position.