Braves prospect Jenkins has fatigued arm
SAN DIEGO -- Given that Tyrell Jenkins is just two years removed from shoulder surgery, there was some reason for initial concern when he completed just two innings before exiting his start for Triple-A Gwinnett on Sunday.
Fortunately, the Braves do not believe Jenkins is dealing with anything more than a fatigued right arm. The 23-year-old right-hander was placed on Gwinnett's disabled list on Monday, but there is still some hope he will make at least one more start before the International League's regular season concludes in early September.
Jenkins, who ranks as the Braves No. 4 prospect, per MLB.com, is in the midst of his first full season since undergoing shoulder surgery in 2013. He was acquired last November from the Cardinals along with Shelby Miller for Jason Heyward and Jordan Walden. Jenkins has completed a career-high 136 2/3 innings over the 24 starts he has combined to make with Double-A Mississippi and Gwinnett.
After totaling just 59 1/3 innings in 2013, Jenkins completed 74 innings during last year's regular season, and 24 1/3 innings in the Arizona Fall League.
The Braves have certainly been encouraged by the workload Jenkins has handled while producing a 3.23 ERA in his 24 combined starts this year. But at the same time, they are open to him coming back to put a more fitting conclusion to this successful season.
Jenkins produced a 2.03 ERA in the first five starts he made after being promoted to Gwinnett in July. While allowing opponents to hit .327 and produce a .400 on-base percentage over his past three starts, he has shown some signs that he might be fatiguing.