The Braves added three of their top pitching prospects — right-handers Touki Toussaint, Bryse Wilson and Kyle Wright — to the roster for the September stretch run. Toussaint made his second major league start Sept. 3 against the Boston Red Sox.
Toussaint and Wilson both started and won games for the Braves earlier this season, while Wright, 22, split time between Class AA (Pearl) Mississippi and Class AAA Gwinnett (Lawrenceville, Georgia). MLB.com ranks Wright as the Braves’ second-best prospect behind righthander Mike Soroka.
“We’re going to use them however we can use them to try to win a game,” manager Brian Snitker said.
❚ The Braves got right-hander Shane Carle back from the disabled list, which could be important down the stretch. Carle had a 3.11 ERA in 45 appearances before he was sidelined by shoulder soreness.
When the season began, the Marlins hoped Lewis Brinson would be the local kid who would help make people believe their rebuilding project will work.
Acquired in the January trade that sent Christian Yelich to the Milwaukee Brewers, Brinson began the season batting leadoff and playing center field. He could end it the same way, after a horrible first half and then a second half spent mostly on the disabled list because of a bone bruise on his right hip.
Brinson rejoined the Marlins on Sept. 1, and manager Don Mattingly said he intends to play the 24-year-old regularly over the final month.
“We’re going to get him right back in,” Mattingly said. “Our plan was to make sure we see him a lot this whole season. We showed probably more patience with him than anyone else, and our situation dictated it. We want to see what he can do.”
❚ The Marlins plan to use a six-man rotation through the final weeks of the season, even with rookie Pablo Lopez out for the season because of a right shoulder strain.
New York Mets
Three years ago, David Wright came off the disabled list in late August after a long stay and helped the Mets reach the World Series. This September, after an even longer stay on the DL, the Mets captain just wants to get in a game.
It wasn’t immediately clear when that would happen, even after Wright flew to San Francisco to join the Mets last week. Wright, who played 12 games on a rehab assignment, was expected to work out with the team at least through at least this week and try to prove he deserves a chance to continue his major league career.
“The challenge has been accepted,” the 35-year-old third baseman said. “I’ve come way too far with the work to give it a ‘poor me’ now.”
Wright hasn’t played in a major league game since May 27, 2016, and he has played in just 75 regular-season games since the end of the 2014 season.
❚ The Mets decided against giving first baseman Peter Alonso a September call-up despite a season in which he had 35 home runs in 130 games through Sept. 1. Alonso doesn’t need to be protected on the 40man roster this winter, and the Mets said they wanted to give playing time at first base to Jay Bruce and Dominic Smith.
By taking advantage of an off day to make a slight change in their rotation, the Phillies made sure Aaron Nola will make more home starts in September.
That could be important because at the time they made the switch, Nola was 9-0 with a 1.94 ERA in 13 starts this season at Citizens Bank Park. However, he then gave up four runs in 52⁄3 innings Sept. 2 in a home loss to the Chicago Cubs.
The switch also positioned Nola to start the first game of a series against the Braves on the final weekend of the regular season. That could be important if the Phillies and Braves are still battling for the National League East title at that point.
Also, if the Phillies end up in the Oct. 2 National League wildcard game, Nola could be available to pitch.
Once the Nationals decided to trade away Daniel Murphy and basically admit this season would end as a huge disappointment, it was a given they would move other veterans and save money that could be used to rebound from what could be their first losing season since 2011.
The latest to go was left-hander Gio Gonzalez, who was sent to the Milwaukee Brewers.
Gonzalez came to Washington from the Oakland Athletics in a December 2011 trade and played for teams that won four division titles. His 213 starts for the Nationals are the club record for the franchise’s time in Washington.
“D.C. gave me a home,” he said after the trade. “D.C. will always be in my heart.”
❚ Right after Kelvin Herrera underwent season-ending surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left foot, his predecessor as the closer, Sean Doolittle, pitched in two simulated games and appeared to be on the verge of returning from a stress reaction, also in his left foot.
“It’s mostly because Nola is awesome.” Gabe Kapler Phillies manager, explaining why he changed his rotation to start right-hander Aaron Nola sooner
“Everything matters, so I’m not saying that wasn’t a consideration,” manager Gabe Kapler said. “It was a consideration.” ❚ Right-hander Sixto Sanchez, who began the season as the Phillies’ top prospect but pitched only eight minor league games because of a sore elbow, is on the initial roster for the Scottsdale Scorpions in the Arizona Fall League. Sanchez last pitched on June 3 for high Class A Clearwater (Florida).
Infielder David Wright flew to San Francisco last weekend to join the Mets in hopes that he’ll soon play in a major league game for the first time since May 27, 2016.