Left-hander Sean Newcomb, who was struck in the back of the neck by a line drive Saturday, wasn’t available Tuesday and isn’t likely to pitch Wednesday, Braves manager Brian Snitker said Tuesday before the Braves game against the New York Mets at SunTrust Park.
“I don’t know if he’s available even he hadn’t got hit,” Snitker said. “We’ll give him another probably.”
Newcomb threw 61 pitches against the Phillies in 2-2/3 innings and left the game after he was struck by J.T. Realmuto’s 102-mph line drive. The ball connected with Newcomb so hard that it bounced into the stands by the Philadelphia dugout for a ground-rule double. Other than soreness, Newcomb has shown no ill-effects from the injury.
“He got hit in the head. He’s going to be sore,” Snitker said. “We’re just lucky that nothing bad happened. But he’s sleeping and eating and working out.”
Even with Newcomb out, Snitker has left-handed bullpen options in A.J. Minter, Jerry Blevins and Grant Dayton.