WASHINGTON -- With their pitching depth diminished by Max Fried's latest injury and concerns about Kolby Allard's readiness, the Braves will once again begin using a five-man starting rotation. But they will likely need to promote at least one of their prospects to start a game in Monday's doubleheader against
WASHINGTON -- With their pitching depth diminished by Max Fried's latest injury and concerns about Kolby Allard's readiness, the Braves will once again begin using a five-man starting rotation. But they will likely need to promote at least one of their prospects to start a game in Monday's doubleheader against the Marlins.
As the Nationals teed off against the mediocre fastball, changeup and curveball Allard offered after he was forced to relieve Fried in the first game of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Nationals, it was apparent he was not ready for the Major League level.
But as he celebrates his 21st birthday on Monday, Allard might find himself starting one of the games in that twin bill against Miami. The Braves' other choice would be Touki Toussaint. But with Toussaint scheduled to start for Triple-A Gwinnett on Friday, it might not make sense to push him back two days to make what would be his Major League debut.
• Toussaint, Allard among Braves' top prospects
Braves manager Brian Snitker has not decided who will be paired with Mike Foltynewicz to start on Monday. But his options are limited -- as he tries to stick to the team's previous plan of creatively constructing a six-man rotation to allow every starter an extra day of rest this month without missing a start.
"I think when we can we'll probably still try to do that, when it's right," Snitker said.
As the Braves find themselves on the second day of a 48-day stretch with 48 games scheduled, they don't know when they might be able to turn to Luiz Gohara, who has been sidelined since July 29 with a sore left shoulder.
Fried strained his left groin as he completed just two innings in the first game of Tuesday's doubleheader. The 24-year-old southpaw will likely be sidelined the rest of this month, but the Braves are hopeful he'll be available to be used as a starter or reliever in September.
Toussaint has posted a 2.01 ERA with 32 strikeouts and 13 walks over 31 1/3 innings since being promoted to Gwinnett. Once the Braves determine he is Major League ready, they can place him in one of the two vacant spots on their 40-man roster.
Although Toussaint might be the most attractive option to start Monday, if the Braves choose not to push him back a couple of days, Allard would seemingly be the only remaining option. The 20-year-old southpaw's fastball has averaged 89.3 mph as he has allowed 15 hits and eight earned runs while recording just two strikeouts through seven innings in the Majors.
Odds and ends
• With Dansby Swanson sitting against a left-handed starter again on Wednesday, Snitker opted to position Charlie Culberson at third base and move Johan Camargo to shortstop. Last week, he kept Camargo at third and had Culberson at short.
• When Shane Carle experienced shoulder soreness during the first game of Tuesday's doubleheader, the Braves opted to place him on the disabled list and recall fellow right-handed reliever Wes Parsons. Parsons' late Monday afternoon flight from Buffalo was canceled. So by the time he got another flight, his cab did not near Nationals Park until the conclusion of the second game.
• Jason Hursh, a first-round Draft selection in 2013, cleared waivers and was outrighted to Double-A Mississippi on Wednesday.
Mark Bowman has covered the Braves for MLB.com since 2001.