About a month ago, the Braves outrighted Lucas Luetge to Triple-A Gwinnett after the club designated the veteran for assignment. Now, he’ll return to Atlanta in the wake of a devastating injury to the bullpen as Nick Anderson heads to the 60-day IL.
The #Braves today also selected the contract of LHP Lucas Luetge and designated RHP Roddery Muñoz for assignment.
— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) July 13, 2023
Luetge joined the Braves this offseason in a trade that sent a pair of prospects to New York. With the Yankees, he tossed 129.2 innings over 2021 and 2022 with a combined 2.71 ERA, striking out 25% of opponents while walking only 5.8%.
However, the 36-year-old hasn’t quite had the same effectiveness with Atlanta, logging just 9.2 innings and surrendering 11 runs on 15 hits and six walks. In his defense, Lucas Luetge spent more than a month on the injured list with a left bicep injury, so it’s possible that hindered his performance.
Given the Braves’ current standing in the NL East, the club has the luxury of experimenting with bullpen arms, so I’d expect Luetge to get a few more opportunities before being replaced by one of Dylan Lee or Jesse Chavez.
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