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Gohara off DL, but Braves keep lefty at Triple-A

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PHILADELPHIA -- The Braves activated left-hander Luiz Gohara off the 10-day disabled list Saturday, but decided to keep the 21-year-old at Triple-A Gwinnett.

The Braves are planning to keep just four starters on their 25-man roster heading into their series against the Mets next week, manager Brian Snitker said. Thanks to an off-day Monday, lefty Sean Newcomb will start the series opener in New York on regular rest.

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PHILADELPHIA -- The Braves activated left-hander Luiz Gohara off the 10-day disabled list Saturday, but decided to keep the 21-year-old at Triple-A Gwinnett.

The Braves are planning to keep just four starters on their 25-man roster heading into their series against the Mets next week, manager Brian Snitker said. Thanks to an off-day Monday, lefty Sean Newcomb will start the series opener in New York on regular rest.

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The Braves will skip the rotation spot of righty Matt Wisler, who started Wednesday against the Reds but was optioned to Triple-A on Friday.

Atlanta also expects Julio Teheran to be able to make his next scheduled start, which would come Wednesday. Teheran left his outing Friday night after just three innings and 43 pitches due to tightness in his right shoulder. He said he didn't expect to miss his next start.

"He's going to play a little catch [Saturday], and he'll have a bullpen [Sunday]," Snitker said of Teheran. "They did a lot of work on him and he said it felt good."

Anibal Sanchez's strained right hamstring is keeping the Braves' rotation from being at full strength. Sanchez last pitched in a game April 13 but is closing in on a return. The 34-year-old righty threw a bullpen session on Friday in Philadelphia, and Snitker said Sanchez will test the hamstring with more running drills Sunday.

Sanchez, who is 1-0 with a 1.29 ERA in three appearances this season, could return to the Braves' rotation as early as next weekend, Snitker said.

Gohara, meanwhile, will continue to shake off some rust at Triple-A. Ranked as the Braves' No. 4 prospect by MLB Pipeline, Gohara missed most of Spring Training with a sprained left ankle. He has a 4.76 ERA and a 1.76 WHIP in three Minor League starts (11 1/3 innings) in 2018.

"He's just not ready. It's Spring Training for him," Snitker said of Gohara, who made five Major League starts at the end of the 2017 season. "He got way behind, so he's going to need to keep pitching. A guy like that, he'll keep pitching and let you know when he's ready. If we don't need him, it's good if he can stay down there and get everything together."

Stephen Pianovich is a contributor to MLB.com based in Philadelphia.

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