Braves relievers Arodys Vizcaino and Dan Winkler avoided an arbitration hearing, but it appears Mike Foltynewicz will have his 2018 salary determined by an arbitration panel.
Arodys Vizcaino completed a pain-free bullpen session Friday afternoon at SunTrust Park, he proved he had made the progress the Braves envisioned when they made the precautionary decision to place him on the disabled list with a strained right index finger.
If any young Braves have been looking for models of consistency this spring, they need not look further than first baseman Freddie Freeman and right-handed setup man Arodys Vizcaino.
Though the Braves were hopeful Arodys Vizcaino would come to Spring Training having distanced himself from the shoulder discomfort that plagued him during last season’s second half, they didn’t’ truly begin feeling comfort until seeing the stuff he’s displayed during his first two Grapefruit League outings.
The Braves are hopeful Arodys Vizcaino will remain healthy enough to serve as an asset at the back end of the bullpen this year, but they are obviously cognizant of his health history.
The Braves avoided this year’s salary arbitration hearing process when they reached agreements with right-handed reliever Arodys Vizcaino and left-handed reliever Ian Krol just before Friday afternoon’s deadline.
Less than two weeks after returning to the Braves’ bullpen from an oblique strain, Arodys Vizcaino landed on the disabled list again on Tuesday, this time with right shoulder inflammation.
Arodys Vizcaino entered June as a dependable closer who was being considered a possible candidate to represent the Braves at the All-Star Game. But as the season’s final month approaches, Vizcaino has made it difficult to even consider him a reliable middle-relief option.
Arodys Vizcaino has been activated from the 15-day disabled list, but the Braves right-hander will have to earn the closer’s role he lost courtesy of the struggles he began experiencing during the latter portion of June.
Instead of having an opportunity to ease his way back into the closer’s role, Arodys Vizcaino will spend the next few weeks recovering from an oblique strain and the frequent frustration he has felt over the past month.
In his first appearance since July 6 in Philadelphia, Braves closer Arodys Vizcaino exited Friday’s 11-2 loss to the Rockies with a right oblique injury after throwing only three pitches in the ninth inning.