The Braves recalled Kyle Wright from Gwinnett for tonight’s series finale against the Dodgers. The 23-year old is the 5th-rated prospect in the Braves’ system according to FanGraphs. He began the year in Atlanta as the team’s third starter but quickly found himself back in AAA after three poor starts, recording a 7.07 ERA.
Wright’s numbers in Gwinnett haven’t been pretty either. Despite having two wins in four appearances, he’s sporting a gaudy 8.66 ERA. But the Braves are desperate for some long relief help after Josh Tomlin was forced to pitch extended innings because of the injury to Max Fried last night.
Grant Dayton was sent back down in Wright’s place. The southpaw has gotten off to a promising start in the majors for the first time since 2017 due to Tommy John Surgery. He’s worked his way through Gwinnett to Atlanta and appeared five times for the Braves, allowing no runs in four innings of work. The way the bullpen has been, Dayton will be back in Atlanta sooner rather than later, but Wright makes for a better option to serve in a long relief role.