Mike Foltynewicz to start for Gwinnett on Saturday

Mike Foltynewicz is scheduled to make his first start Saturday since his demotion to  Triple-A Gwinnett. The right-hander was optioned to the minors last weekend.

Foltynewicz, 27, will try to recapture the formula that made him a 2018 All-Star. He had a 6.37 ERA in 11 starts, capped off by an eight-run meltdown in Washington.

Foltynewicz put everything together last season, when he had a 2.85 ERA and collected over 200 strikeouts. He realized the rich potential the Braves saw when they acquired him from Houston in 2015.

This season was a regression to his pre-2018 form. Foltynewicz struggled to control his emotions and couldn’t get the swings and misses that made him so dangerous a year ago. It didn’t help that a bone spur ruined his spring training.

His task in Triple-A will be to try to rediscover the strides he made. And the Braves, who are again in the mix for a postseason berth, would welcome a return to All-Star form if he does.

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