Sean Newcomb forced out of World Series for Atlanta Braves with shoulder injury

Atlanta Braves’ left-hander Sean Newcomb heads to the dugout during the first inning of Game 1. Photograph: Scott Cunningham/AP The Atlanta Braves’ starting rotation for Wednesday’s Game 2 of the World Series has been…

Sean Newcomb forced out of World Series for Atlanta Braves with shoulder injury

Atlanta Braves’ left-hander Sean Newcomb heads to the dugout during the first inning of Game 1. Photograph: Scott Cunningham/AP

The Atlanta Braves’ starting rotation for Wednesday’s Game 2 of the World Series has been a source of woe all season. Now they have a real excuse: Sean Newcomb is done for the World Series after the left-hander, 24, felt pain in his shoulder while warming up for a potential start.

Major League Baseball playoffs: what to expect from these seven games Read more

“Sean noticed a sharp pain in his shoulder during the pregame bullpen session today and was unable to continue throwing,” Braves general manager Alex Anthopoulos said in a statement. “As a result, Sean will not be available to pitch for the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday in Game 2 of the World Series.”

“Sean and I have spoken and he is disappointed that he will not be able to pitch in this year’s World Series,” said Justin Williams, Newcomb’s pitching coach at Double-A Mississippi. “Sean felt like everything was going according to plan, but ultimately felt that this was the best decision for him and the Braves.”

It is a devastating blow to a Braves team already missing their ace, Mike Foltynewicz, who has been in the minors recovering from Tommy John surgery. Their ace at the end of the season, Julio Teheran, has struggled with injuries for much of the season. Lucas Sims was recalled to replace Newcomb.

Foltynewicz has been part of Atlanta’s rotation since August, making 15 starts and throwing 85.2 innings. At the end of the season, the Braves acquired Josh Collmenter from Arizona, who made one relief appearance for the Braves. Collmenter has been re-assigned to Triple-A Gwinnett, but he could eventually be called up by Atlanta’s top brass.

The Braves will have to find a way to win if they are to be considered a favorite to win the World Series.

Newcomb, who is 5-3 with a 3.31 ERA for the Braves this season, was set to replace Teheran in the starting rotation for Game 2. The left-hander joined the Braves before the 2015 season and made the trip to Chicago with the team this week as they prepared for the World Series. The team posted a photo on Twitter of Newcomb and Teheran leaving the ballpark on Tuesday afternoon.

“These are hard days when a young player is forced to end his season,” Anthopoulos said. “But it was Sean’s decision, and we respect and support him 100% as he focuses on rehabbing his shoulder.”

After spending most of the season between Double-A Mississippi and Triple-A Gwinnett, Williams recalled Newcomb to the big leagues at the end of August. In his last six starts, Newcomb went 2-1 with a 2.58 ERA, striking out 51 and walking four. In 13 appearances and 9 1/3 innings, the left-hander allowed just one earned run and had 45 strikeouts.

“Sean’s continued ascension to our big league roster has been a breath of fresh air for everyone in the organization,” Williams said. “Our whole staff has been impressed with his ascension to the big leagues and has tried to do whatever we can to assist and encourage him.”

Newcomb is expected to be on the disabled list for the remainder of the season. His next step will be assigned to a minor league affiliate.

“Sean is an All-Star caliber talent,” Williams said. “We will continue to do everything we can to help him return to full strength, and we will evaluate his progress before making a final decision as to his plan of action.”

Leave a Comment