OUTArodys Vizcaino
RP ATL
3 weeks ago

Vizcaino (shoulder) will not pitch this winter, but he is expected to pitch without restrictions in spring training, MLB.com's Mark Bowman reports.

EDGE Analysis

He ended the year on the DL with a shoulder injury, but it sounds like he should be fine for 2017. Jim Johnson and Mauricio Cabrera will likely open the year ahead of Vizcaino in the pecking order for saves, but it is a potentially volatile situation.

OUTArodys Vizcaino
RP ATL
2 months ago

Vizcaino (shoulder) is set to pitch in an Instructional League game as part of his rehab assignment during the final week of the season, David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

EDGE Analysis

It is still not known whether Vizcaino will be able to return this season for the Braves. The right-handed reliever has been on the DL with a shoulder injury since Aug. 30. If he were to be activated before season's end, it is highly unlikely that he would retake the closer role from Jim Johnson, who has performed exceptionally well as Vizcaino's replacement.

OUTArodys Vizcaino
RP ATL
3 months ago

Vizcaino (shoulder) was placed on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday.

EDGE Analysis

The young right-hander has had some difficulty staying healthy as the season has worn on and he'll now be on the DL for the second time in less than a month. He allowed seven earned runs over 2.2 innings prior to landing back on the DL. The Braves recalled John Gant in a corresponding move Tuesday.

OUTArodys Vizcaino
RP ATL
3 months ago

Vizcaino faced four Nationals hitters without recording an out Thursday in his return from the DL, ultimately getting charged with four runs (three earned) on one hit, two walks and a hit batsman.

EDGE Analysis

An oblique injury sidelined him for more than a month, and after this uninspiring return, it seems like Vizcaino might take a little while to regain the closing role in Atlanta. Even if you chalk up this outing to rust, it's hard to do that for the 1.47 WHIP he carried into his DL stint. As promising as his high-90s heat may be, the 25-year-old righty currently looks like he's at best the Braves' third-best ninth-inning option behind Jim Johnson and (the even harder-throwing) Mauricio Cabrera.

OUTArodys Vizcaino
RP ATL
3 months ago

Vizcaino will be eased back into action and will not immediately reclaim the role of Braves closer, David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

EDGE Analysis

Vizcaino was dominant out of the Braves' bullpen for roughly the first three months of the season, but he began to falter in late June, struggled in his first outing after the All-Star break, and then ended up on the disabled list. It's rare to lose a job because of injury, but that will happen in this case, as Jim Johnson -- who was excellent working as the closer in Vizcaino's absence -- will hang onto the job. Vizcaino could get another shot to close before the season ends, but for now he will not even work as the setup man, as Mauricio Cabrera will handle those duties in front of Johnson.

OUTArodys Vizcaino
RP ATL
3 months ago

Vizcaino (oblique) was activated from the DL on Thursday.

EDGE Analysis

The oblique strain cost Vizcaino more than a month but he has been cleared to return following a pair of rehab appearances. Although manager Brian Snitker has not said so explicitly, it seems likely Vizcaino will return to the closer role immediately despite not throwing on back-to-back days while on his rehab assignment. The 25-year-old Vizcaino has had some issues with walks but has struck batters out at a 28.8 percent clip and is 10-for-13 in save chances this season.

OUTArodys Vizcaino
RP ATL
4 months ago

Vizcaino (oblique) will make three rehab appearances this week and could rejoin the Braves by the end of the homestand, David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports.

EDGE Analysis

Vizcaino has been sidelined since July 16 with a right oblique strain. If all progresses well in his rehab, it's expected that Vizcaino would regain his closer duties with the Braves. The 25-year-old currently has a 3.00 ERA with 10 saves on the season.

OUTArodys Vizcaino
RP ATL
4 months ago

Vizcaino (oblique) is progressing and should return within a couple weeks, David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

EDGE Analysis

Until then, Jim Johnson will remain the closer in Atlanta, and it's reasonable to think that the veteran may be a target for clubs looking to bolster their bullpen at the upcoming waiver trade deadline. A more precise timetable for Vizcaino's return should become available if he's sent on a minor league rehab assignment prior to his activation from the disabled list.

OUTArodys Vizcaino
RP ATL
4 months ago

Vizcaino (oblique) threw a bullpen session Friday, David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

EDGE Analysis

Vizcaino has advanced to the point in his recovery where he is now able to get back up on a mound. No setbacks were reported following Friday's session, so he will likely throw again in the coming days. He may need a rehab assignment before returning from the disabled list, but he could rejoin the Braves at some point later this month.

OUTArodys Vizcaino
RP ATL
5 months ago

Vizcaino (side) was placed on the DL on Saturday with a right oblique strain, Kevin McAlpin of 680 The Fan in Atlanta reports.

EDGE Analysis

The writing was on the wall Friday, when manager Brian Snitker intimated that Vizcaino's injury would likely require a DL stint. The move was made official Saturday, and the Braves opted to activate Eric O'Flaherty from the DL to fill his spot on the 25-man roster.