Braves option Kyle Muller to AAA Gwinnett, who will replace him?

Braves rosters expand September

After struggling in last night’s start against the Reds, the Braves have decided to option Kyle Muller back to Gwinnett.

As you can see, Jacob Webb will be taking his place on the active roster, but I think we are all aware that’s not a long-term decision. He’s merely a place-holder, and someone else will be taking his spot very soon — most likely Huascar Ynoa or Ian Anderson.

Ynoa has now made three rehab starts in the minors since being cleared to return from a hand injury he suffered back in May. He hasn’t looked like the dominant pitcher he was early in the season, but eventually, he’ll be added to the active roster, and that could take place early next week. His last outing was on August 11th.

Anderson is working himself back from a shoulder injury that occurred just before the All-Star break. He also pitched on August 11th in Gwinnett but only made it through three innings. I imagine he has at least one more rehab start before the Braves bring him back up, but I definitely expect to see him in Atlanta before the calendar turns to September.

There’s also the off-chance that Kyle Muller re-joins the rotation, and this move is purely because the Braves needed another bullpen arm for this weekend’s series against the Nationals. Atlanta’s relief core was used a lot during their 11-inning win on Wednesday, and they had to cover seven innings last night after Muller’s short outing. However, I wouldn’t be shocked if yesterday was the last that we see of Muller with the major-league club. As pleasant of a surprise as he’s been this season, it’s pretty evident that he still has some stuff to work on before becoming a permanent member of the rotation. With the rest of Atlanta’s starting pitchers beginning to get healthy, it makes sense for him to finish the season in Gwinnett.

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