Anthony Disclavani will be taken off the injured list for 60 days to start his first game since April 21 when the visiting San Francisco Giants attempt to stop the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday night in game two of a four-game series.
The veteran right player was knocked out due to an infection in his right ankle and missed 53 games. Disclavani (0-1, 6.08 ERA) takes on Atlanta right-winger Spencer Strider (3-2, 2.45).
The Braves won the series’ opening game 2-1 on Monday and have won 16 of their past 18 matches. San Francisco has lost two in a row after winning seven of the previous eight.
DeSclafani started twice to rehab with Triple-A Sacramento and was given approval to return after throwing 60 first throws on June 16. He joined the team in Atlanta and was officially named the primary bowler after Monday’s game.
In his last major league appearance, DeSclafani lost against the New York Mets on April 21 when he allowed five runs on nine strokes in five rounds.
DeSclafani played seven games against Atlanta, going 1-4 with a 4.54 ERA. He lost both starts against the Braves last year, most recently on September 19, when he gave up two rounds in six innings.
With Disclavani and Alex Cobb, who made a comeback on Sunday after missing 13 games due to a neck strain, the Giants are back in the top five of the rotation.
“I don’t think we really stretched where the top five were getting together,” Cobb said. “I felt like we showed that in spring training, how there is potential for us to take a good walk every night and give our team a chance to win. That’s what we’re doing now. It would be nice to jump in and get involved and hopefully this streak continues.”
Strider appears to have moved up to fifth in the Atlanta session. The Braves had auditioned for Huascar Ynoa, Bryce Elder, Tucker Davidson, and Kyle Muller in the role, but Strider had the most success. The team originally envisioned a right-handed person who deals hard with the right hand as a middle saviour.
Strider will make his fifth start and 16th appearance of the season. He threw 106 career shots at his start on Wednesday, when he allowed two one-hit runs and walked two times in 5 and 2/3 innings against the Washington Nationals. Notably, Strider scored 11 knockouts.
Strider said after that match, “I thought I had everything I needed to get deep into the game, but a lot of two-strokes were my job and I struggled to put some players off. As I needed to keep pitches, I couldn’t.”
Strider has never faced the Giants.
The Braves have won eight home straight games, dating to May 29 against the Miami Marlins. It was Atlanta’s longest winning streak since 13 games that ran from August 17 to September 17. 7, 2019. The Braves have 19 home runs and outplayed the opponent 46-18.
They were world champions last year. “You look at the squad this year, and I don’t think it’s any worse – their staff on the field are as good, their captain is as good as they are,” Giants manager Gabe Kapler said. “There’s no reason they can’t be one of the top five teams in baseball.”
– Med Level Media