Braves Rumors: Dylan Dodd getting his last shot?
The bullpen games were clearly not a viable option for the Atlanta Braves moving forward after the two most recent iterations ended up in losses for the club. It was something that manager Brian Snitker clearly wanted to try and move on from, having said that it was a tough job because basically everything had to go perfectly for it to work out.
So the response to that was made clear on Wednesday night when it was announced that rookie southpaw Dylan Dodd would be called up from Triple-A Gwinnett to make a start on Thursday night at Truist Park against the rival Phillies.
Dodd had been entirely inconsistent with the Stripers since being optioned back down to the minors, which largely mirrors his sporadic major league outings this season. In three starts, the 24-year-old has lasted 15.1 innings but with a 6.46 ERA and 1.83 WHIP with a mix of one fantastic outing, one awful start, and a fine showing in his last start on May 4 in Miami.
It’s clearly a chance against Philadelphia for Dodd to show that he’s earned that currently vacant fifth spot in the rotation. However, it might be his last chance given other goings-on in the organization.
Braves insider Mark Bowman reported that Michael Soroka, coming off of a couple of impressive Triple-A starts is “now in play if needed” by Atlanta. Obviously, they’d still like to wait as the former All-Star works his way back from his multitude of injuries. But in relation to Dodd, if the lefty struggles against the Phillies, then perhaps that will press the issue with Soroka and give him his first MLB start in more than two years.