Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Drew Smyly left the team's 15-3 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday with a knee injury. His exit came after just four innings where he recorded three strikeouts while giving up three hits without allowing a run. Unfortunately, the injury update that the Braves received on Sunday is somewhat concerning.
Braves manager Brian Snitker said that Smyly would be examined on Sunday before a decision will be made on whether or not he'll miss time. While it doesn't sound like the righty is in pain, according to Snitker, the fact that the status of his next start is up in the air is less than ideal.
Drew Smyly Injury Update
Smyly described his injury in a postgame interview by saying that it felt a tight/pulling sensation in his knee during the fourth inning. It looks like his removal was more for precautionary reasons.
"I was able to get through it. Just after talking with the trainers and coaches after that inning, we thought it was best to take it to the house and make sure everything is OK before you do anything worse."- Drew Smyly, Atlanta Braves SP
The Braves currently have a 48-49 record and sit 4.0 games back of the New York Mets for first in the NL East. Considering how they've lost six of their last 10 games, losing Smyly for any amount of time would affect their momentum, especially with him being one of the club's best pitchers this season. Smyl has made 17 starts for Atlanta in 2021, pitching to a 7-3 record, 4.30 ERA and 1.341 WHIP.
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