The Braves made a pair of roster moves on Tuesday, placing two potential bullpen arms on the 45-day Injured List.
The Braves recalled RHP Jacob Webb and placed him on the 45-day IL (right shoulder strain). Atlanta also recalled LHP Phil Pfeifer and placed him on the 45-day IL (left elbow bone contusion).
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Jacob Webb, one of the unsung heroes from last year’s bullpen, has been dealing with arm issues since the end of last season. However, before he was placed on the IL, he posted a minuscule 1.39 ERA with a 4-0 record and two saves in 2019. The injury appears to be a lingering one, as the Braves placed him on the 60-day IL at the beginning of Spring Training 1.0, and he’s still not ready to go. The move opens up another spot on the 40-man roster, and it likely means Webb is out for the season.
The Braves also placed 28-year-old prospect, Phil Pfeifer, on the 45-day IL. He has yet to make his major league debut, but after a stellar 2019 in the minors that saw him record a 2.97 ERA in 31 appearances (18 starts) over three levels, 2020 looked to be the year he was finally going to get the call. However, this news all but assures that won’t happen. In a 60-game season with no minor league rehab stints, it will be extremely difficult for anybody to land on the 45-day IL and make a return. Pfeifer was also on the 40-man, so this move opens another spot on the roster.