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Braves change bullpen, place right-hander on IL

The Atlanta Braves will have a new pitcher in their bullpen on Sunday. The Athletic’s David O’Brien reported on June 16 that the Braves had selected right-hander Grant Holmes to the Major League roster.

In a corresponding move, the Braves selected left-hander Ray Kerr to Triple-A. In addition, the Braves recalled right-handed reliever Huascar Ynoa and placed him on the 60-day injured list due to a right elbow stress reaction.

Holmes has never pitched in the major leagues. But over the past two seasons at Triple-A Gwinnett, he has recorded a 3.18 ERA with a 10-5 record. Holmes also recorded 17 saves and 125 strikeouts in 102 innings.

He has pitched primarily out of the bullpen in his 68 appearances since the start of 2023. But he also made three starts this season.

The past two seasons have been by far the best of the 28-year-old’s minor league career. With the Oakland Athletics Triple-A affiliate in 2022, he had an ERA of 8.27.

Holmes has spent parts of five campaigns in Triple-A. Despite his success since 2023, he has a 5.57 ERA at the level just below the majors.

Holmes will replace Kerr in the Braves bullpen. Kerr has posted a 5.64 ERA and 1.612 WHIP with 27 strikeouts this season. He has primarily filled the long-inning role out of the Braves bullpen this year, as he has logged 22.1 innings in just 10 appearances.

As for Ynoa, he continues to struggle with injuries. After starting 17 games for the Braves during their 2021 World Series campaign, he made just two starts in 2022 before being demoted to Triple-A. Ynoa had to undergo Tommy John surgery at the end of the 2022 season.

He missed all of 2023 recovering from the surgery. He returned this season, making just three starts at Gwinnett.

It looks like Ynoa may not be back before the end of the 2024 season.