Braves make several roster moves ahead of Tuesday’s game against the Dodgers

Touki Toussaint

I wrote earlier today about the possibility of the Braves taking both Huascar Ynoa and Sean Newcomb off the roster following last night’s performance, and what do you know? Within a few hours, it’s come to fruition. The Braves have officially optioned Huascar Ynoa and DFA’d Sean Newcomb, calling up Touki Toussaint and Dylan Lee ahead of Tuesday’s game.

Obviously, the situations are much different between Ynoa and Newcomb. Ynoa is only 23-years-old and has several options remaining. The Braves still believe he can be a significant piece to this team later on this season, but it could be best for him to spend some time down in AAA and find the magic that made him nearly unhittable to begin last season.

Newcomb, on the other hand, is out of options, so the Braves had no other choice but to DFA him. He will go through waivers, and I expect some team will take a flier on him. Even at 29, his arm is way too talented, and it’s very possible that a change of scenery will do him wonders. If no team takes a chance on him, the Braves will have the option of whether to release him or stash him in Gwinnett.

Taking their place will be two highly qualified arms in Toussaint and Lee. Toussaint may be nearing his last leg with the Braves as well, but he has some nasty stuff and has looked very good in his first two starts for the Stripers, striking out 16 in just 8.2 innings. Lee will likely fill Newcomb’s spot as the left-handed long reliever — a role he thrived in when the Braves needed him last year in the postseason.

Photo: Rich von Biberstein/Icon Sportswire



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