Touki Toussaint adds length to Braves bullpen, Wright optioned

Dany Gilbert Kiti Toussaint was born June 20, 1996 in Pembroke Pines, Fla. Toussaint was drafted in the first round of the 2014 MLB draft by the Diamondbacks. Toussaint was the 16th player drafted. Sean Newcomb was the 15th pick, by the Angels. The Braves acquired Toussaint from the D-backs on June 20, 2015. The Braves acquired Toussaint when they agreed to take on pitcher Bronson Arroyo's salary. The Braves gave up Phil Gosselin. Toussaint played for the World team in the Futures game at the 2018 All-Sta

Touki Toussaint didn’t make the Braves’ initial 25-man roster out of spring training, but the team assured him he wouldn’t be gone long.

Toussaint was promoted back to the majors Saturday, adding another long-relief option to the bullpen. The team’s primary long-reliever, Josh Tomlin, tossed two frames in Friday’s loss to the Mets.

“That’s exactly why we made that move,” manager Brian Snitker said. “We’re at a point where if something happened, we need a guy who can go four or five innings. Right now we don’t have that in the ’pen.”

To open a spot, Kyle Wright was optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett. Wright, whom the Mets tagged for six runs Friday night, made three starts.

Wright, considered by some to be the franchise’s best pitching prospect, will return. The team will let him further develop while routinely starting in Triple-A. With Mike Foltynewicz returning soon, the Braves had a rotation decision to make.

“When he goes back down there, he’s going to have a better feel and focus for what he needs to do,” Snitker said. “He was great. We had a great conversation. He gets it. He’s a very intelligent young man. All the intangibles that he brings is going to help him come back here and be successful.”

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