“We’re not going to take any chances. He’s throwing good. Those (injuries) are nothing to mess with. Luckily it wasn’t real bad. I think he feels good about it. He could probably pitch, but we’re not going to take a chance.”
The Braves hope that by having Wisler skip one start, he can get healthy and still make four starts before the season ends, building on his recent momentum.
“It’s just going to take some time, I think,” Wisler said Saturday, a day after expressing hope that he’d be allowed to pitch Monday. Discussions with team officials in the interim had brought him around to their way of thinking on the matter.
“I can’t rush it, I can’t do anything crazy,” he said. “It’s got to heal completely before (I pitch). Especially with five starts left regardless; I’d rather make four than try to make (next scheduled one) and blow out and miss the rest of the season. It’s just a patient process at the moment, take it day by day, see how the body reacts and whenever it’s ready, go back and make a start.”
Wisler has been outstanding in two starts since returning from a four-week stint in Triple-A.
He took a no-hitter to the seventh inning and gave up two hits in eight innings ball in his first game back Aug. 25 at Arizona, then allowed four hits, one run and three walks in six innings (110 pitches) in his 10-strikeout game Wednesday.
Wisler is 2-0 with a 1.29 ERA and .125 opponents’ average in two starts since returning from Triple-A, after going 2-6 with a 7.71 ERA and .328 opponents’ average in his last 10 starts before being sent down at the end of July.
He said he felt tightness on a fifth-inning pitch Wednesday against the Padres and stayed in the game to pitch the sixth, recording two of his career-high 10 strikeouts in that sixth inning. He didn’t tell anyone about the soreness until afterward.