The Braves official Twitter account informed that the team has optioned Bryse Wilson to the alternate training site and placed Touki Toussaint on the 60-day injured list with a right shoulder strain.
The Braves selected the contracts of Ehire Adrianza & Nate Jones, optioned Bryse Wilson to the alternate training site, outrighted Abraham Almonte to the club’s alternate training site & placed Touki Toussaint on the 60-day injured list with a right shoulder strain.
— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) March 27, 2021
I figured the Braves’ decision to option Kyle Wright all but guaranteed Wilson a spot in the starting rotation, but as we saw today, he won’t be on the Opening Day roster, which likely means they are optioning him until his start.
The bigger news is Touki Toussaint’s status, who made his Braves debut in 2018, a season where he ended up pitching 29 innings and recorded a more than respectable 4.03 ERA with an even better 3.78 FIP. In 2019, despite a stellar outing to begin the season, the expectations never came to fruition. Toussaint tossed six scoreless innings against the Mets but followed it up by surrendering seven earned runs in just 1.1 innings versus the Indians — a microcosm of his career thus far. He wouldn’t make another start after that and finished the year with a 5.62 ERA.
2020 was more of the same for Touki. Because of Atlanta’s rotation struggles, he was used primarily as a starter, but the results were even worse. In seven appearances (five starts), Toussaint recorded an 8.88 ERA and quickly found himself back at the team’s alternate site in favor of pitchers like Tommy Milone and Robbie Erlin — not exactly a sign of the organization’s confidence in him.
Fast forward to 2021; Toussaint wasn’t going to be counted on nearly as much as he was in the past, which would effectively take the pressure off the young man. But now, all things are going to be put on hold as he’s been placed on the 60-day IL, which is a shame. He had, by all accounts, a good spring. Hopefully, the injury isn’t lingering because the bullpen could use some more talent from the right side.