Mike Foltynewicz to make second rehab start Tuesday

Mike Foltynewicz is pronounced "Ful-ta-nev-ich." People often call him "Folty."

Braves starter Mike Foltynewicz was satisfied with Thursday’s rehab outing in Triple-A Gwinnett. The Braves were equally encouraged.

Foltynewicz was slowed by elbow soreness, forcing him to miss most of spring and the start of the season. His first rehab start included him throwing 56 pitches over five hitless innings.

“Folty feels real good,” manager Brian Snitker said. “He was bouncing around the clubhouse today. Encouraged with where he’s at, how he feels, how the ball’s coming out. Reports were really good.

A pain-free performance was key. Foltynewicz will start again Tuesday before being re-evaluated. The Braves would like to see him throw roughly 100 pitches before his return.

“We’ll stretch him out even more on Tuesday and see how he feels,” Snitker said. “Everything is progressing in the right spot. Velocity was good, command was good. Just the fact Folty feels good about what he’s doing. Just a really good day for him.”

Foltynewicz was a first-time All-Star in 2018. The righty earned a 2.85 ERA and struck out 202 hitters in 183 innings.