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Braves give up on struggling Mike Foltynewicz, designate former All-Star for assignment

Mike Foltynewicz had a rough night in his 2020 debut, getting pounded by the Rays.
Mike Foltynewicz had a rough night in his 2020 debut, getting pounded by the Rays.Mike Ehrmann/Getty

Last year he lost his slider. This year he has lost his fastball. Not long ago, those pitches made Mike Foltynewicz an All-Star. Now he’s jobless. The Braves designated him for assignment after his first start Monday night.

He yielded three home runs over two innings in St. Petersburg, Fla. In an exhibition against the Marlins last week, he was touched for back-to-back-to-back homers. That night he claimed he was throwing hard and the Truist Park radar gun was shorting him. Monday night his fastball averaged — this in a different stadium with a different gun — 89.3 miles per hour. According to Brooks Baseball, his four-seamer averaged 96.8 m.p.h. in 2018, his All-Star season.

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The Braves insist there are no health issues, which also means there’s no explanation. For Foltynewicz to remain a Brave, 29 teams would have to pass on acquiring a presumably healthy 28-year-old starter at the waiver price. The Red Sox, who have had major problems with their rotation four games into the season, are thought to be among the teams that would be interested.

Renteria rejoins White Sox

White Sox manager Rick Renteria was back in the dugout with his team Tuesday.
White Sox manager Rick Renteria was back in the dugout with his team Tuesday.Tony Dejak/Associated Press

White Sox manager Rick Renteria returned to the team after being isolated for 24 hours after he awakened Monday experiencing some COVID-19 symptoms. Renteria tested negative for COVID-19 before he walked into Progressive Field about 90 minutes before the start of a Tuesday’s doubleheader against the Indians. He stayed behind the batting cage and at a safe distance from his players as they took batting practice. Renteria said the process worked. “It was great because I wanted to be here yesterday,” he said. “But again, everybody sees what’s going on throughout the league. It’s best that we err on the side of caution. We have the things” … The Houston Astros have picked up the option for the 2021 season on manager Dusty Baker’s contract. Baker was hired in January to replace AJ Hinch, who was fired after he and general manager Jeff Luhnow were suspended for one year for their roles in Houston’s sign-stealing scandal. Luhnow was also fired. Baker, 71, is in his 23rd year as a manager after starting in 1993 with the San Francisco Giants. Baker’s 1,865 career wins are first among active managers and rank 15th in major league history.

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Dodgers put Wood on IL

Alex Wood will be sidelined for a stretch.
Alex Wood will be sidelined for a stretch.Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty

The Dodgers have lost another starting pitcher to the injured list. Alex Wood went on the IL with shoulder inflammation. The team recalled righthander Josh Sborz ahead of its game at Houston. Wood joins fellow lefty Clayton Kershaw, who went on the IL last week after tweaking his back during a weight-room workout. Lefthander David Price decided to opt out before the season started … Cardinals righthander Miles Mikolas will have season-ending surgery to repair a tendon in his strained right forearm. Mikolas, 31, missed spring training with the injury, but after nearly four more months to rest during the virus shutdown, he ramped up his activity when camp reconvened. Mikolas was 27-18 with a 3.46 ERA over 64 starts for the Cardinals over the last two seasons. He tied for the National League lead with 18 wins in 2018 … Rangers lefthander Brett Martin has been activated from the injured list after missing the start of the season because of a positive coronavirus test. The team also announced two-time AL Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber had been placed on the 45-day injured list with a muscle tear in his shoulder. He will evaluated again in about four weeks to determine if he can start throwing again.

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Yelich’s struggles continue

Brewers star Christian Yelich’s rough start continued. The 2018 NL MVP is hitting just .045 (1 for 22) after going 0 for 4 in Tuesday night’s loss to Pittsburgh. Milwaukee starter Josh Lindblom lasted 3⅔ innings in his return to the major leagues following two years in the Korean Baseball Organization, where won the league’s version of the Cy Young Award in 2019. Lindblom gave up two runs and three hits before exiting with what the team called “back cramps.”

Royals give Harvey a shot

Matt Harvey is headed for Kansas City.
Matt Harvey is headed for Kansas City.Kathy Willens

The Royals signed former All-Star pitcher Matt Harvey to a minor league contract. The Royals announced the move before Tuesday night’s game at Detroit. Harvey, 31, went 3-5 with a 7.09 ERA in 12 starts for the Angels last year. Harvey was an All-Star in 2013 and helped the Mets to the World Series two years later after returning from Tommy John surgery. He hasn’t had a winning season since and has struggled to stay healthy … Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes is joining the ownership group of the Kansas City Royals, the team announced. Mahomes, who led the Chiefs to a Super Bowl title last season, was once a baseball prospect and was drafted by the Tigers in 2014.