Arodys Vizcaino
RP ATL
3 days ago

Vizcaino struck out two in a perfect inning of work during Sunday's Grapefruit League game against the Cardinals.

EDGE Analysis

The 26-year-old has been impressive and, most importantly, healthy this spring, posting a 1.29 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and 10:2 K:BB through seven innings. Vizcaino will open the season setting up Jim Johnson, making him a safer bet for fantasy value in leagues that reward holds, but if Johnson gets dealt over the summer Vizcaino could find himself back in the closer role.

Arodys Vizcaino
RP ATL
3 weeks ago

Vizcaino hit 98 mph with his fastball while striking out two in an inning of work during Friday's Grapefruit League game against the Red Sox, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

EDGE Analysis

He did give up a solo home run to Andrew Benintendi, but otherwise it's been a great start to the spring for Vizcaino, who's whiffed five batters in his first two appearances. The shoulder injury that derailed his second half last year doesn't appear to be an issue for him heading into 2017, and Vizcaino should begin the season as the Braves' primary setup man.

Arodys Vizcaino
RP ATL
1 month ago

Vizcaino (shoulder) will set up Jim Johnson if he's healthy to begin the season, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

EDGE Analysis

Braves manager Brian Snitker squashed any thought of a spring competition for the ninth-inning role Friday, naming Johnson his closer and saying the focus for Vizcaino was just to stay off the DL, something the 26-year-old has yet to do in his big league career. "(Vizcaino) hasn't done it in a long time. Viz has just got to be healthy. We just hope we get him through [the spring], and he's healthy and back to being like he was when I got here last year in May," Snitker said. Johnson is far from an elite closing option and could always get traded, so Vizcaino might yet rack up some saves in 2017, but at this point you should wait and see how he looks in Grapefruit League action before considering him even as an option to stash on your reserve list.

Arodys Vizcaino
RP ATL
2 months ago

Vizcaino (shoulder) agreed to a one-year, $1.55 million with the Braves on Friday, avoiding arbitration, MLB.com's Mark Bowman reports.

EDGE Analysis

He is resting his ailing shoulder this winter, but is expected to be ready for spring training. Vizcaino is expected to enter the year as a setup man, and could be in the mix for saves if Jim Johnson falters in the ninth inning.

Arodys Vizcaino
RP ATL
4 months 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.

Arodys Vizcaino
RP ATL
6 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.

Arodys Vizcaino
RP ATL
7 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.

Arodys Vizcaino
RP ATL
7 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.

Arodys Vizcaino
RP ATL
7 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.

Arodys Vizcaino
RP ATL
7 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.