For the second time since last month, Braves closer Arodys Vizcaino is headed to the 10-day disabled list because of right shoulder issues (inflammation, to be exact). The team announced the move, adding that it has reinstated fellow reliever Peter Moylan from the 10-day DL.
Vizcaino previously landed on the DL on June 24 (retroactive to June 21), but he was able to return quickly. However, Vizcaino has dealt with shoulder soreness throughout the year, so it stands to reason the contending Braves will be extra cautious this time around. His loss will once again be a blow to the Braves’ bullpen, as he has managed a terrific 1.65 ERA while converting 15 of 17 save opportunities in 32 2/3 innings this season.
Vizcaino’s absence should mean more save opportunities for A.J. Minter, who has converted on all four tries this season, and could further press general manager Alex Anthopoulos to beef up the Braves’ bullpen this month. With the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline approaching, Atlanta’s known to be on the lookout for relief help, though it’s reluctant to give up any prospects for rentals. The Braves entered Saturday at 51-41, in control of a wild-card spot by half a game but 1 1/2 behind the NL East-leading Phillies.