ATLANTA -- The Braves have not determined how next week's two off-days will affect the arrangement of their currently crowded starting rotation. But it looks like Mike Foltynewicz will factor into the plans, which likely will include Mike Soroka making a start in his native Canada."It would be like a
ATLANTA -- The Braves have not determined how next week's two off-days will affect the arrangement of their currently crowded starting rotation. But it looks like Mike Foltynewicz will factor into the plans, which likely will include Mike Soroka making a start in his native Canada.
"It would be like a second debut," said Soroka, who is in line to make a start in next week's two-game series in Toronto.
Braves manager Brian Snitker will get a better feel for his rotation plans once Foltynewicz completes a bullpen session on Saturday afternoon. Foltynewicz did not feel any discomfort as he played catch before Friday night's game against the Padres, the first time Foltynewicz had thrown a baseball since right triceps tightness led him to make a precautionary exit after the fifth inning of Tuesday night's game against the Mets.
"He says he felt good [playing catch]," Snitker said. "We've got to get him on the mound, and then we'll go from there."
Foltynewicz could be ready to start Tuesday's series opener in Toronto with an extra day of rest. But with off-days scheduled for Monday and Thursday, the Braves have the option to give him additional rest and possibly hold him back until next weekend's series against the Orioles.
Regardless of when Foltynewicz starts again, it appears Soroka will experience the thrill of starting either Tuesday's or Wednesday's game in Toronto. The 20-year-old right-hander hails from Calgary.
If the Braves opt to push Foltynewicz's next start back a few more days, Anibal Sanchez would be available to start one of those games against the Blue Jays.
Ronald Acuna Jr. took batting practice on the field before Friday's game and completed all of his normal baseball activities in pain-free fashion. But the 20-year-old phenom will face a more challenging test Saturday, when he will attempt to simulate game speed while running the bases and completing various fielding drills.
Acuna has been sidelined since suffering a mild sprain of his left anterior cruciate ligament on May 27. There is a chance he could begin playing Minor League rehab games early next week and possibly be activated during next weekend's series against the Orioles.
Home Run Challenge
Major League Baseball will again celebrate Father's Day by providing fans a chance to participate in the Prostate Cancer Foundation "Home Run Challenge."
This fundraiser allows fans to make a one-time monetary donation or pledge for every home run hit by their team during games played from June 1 through the end of Sunday.
Every dollar donated through the Challenge goes to PCF to fund prostate cancer research. More than 1.85 million have been pledged thus far this year.
More information can be found at homerunchallenge.org/.
During Sunday afternoon's game, Braves players and coaches will wear the symbolic blue ribbon on their uniforms, along with blue wristbands and a specially designed light blue cap to raise awareness and funds for the fight against prostate cancer.
Mark Bowman has covered the Braves for MLB.com since 2001.