Braves place playoff star Matzek in IL

Braves left-handed reliever Tyler Matzek, one of the mainstays of the bullpen during last year’s World Series run in Atlanta, will be placed on the 10-day injured list due to discomfort At the shoulder.

The Braves announced Matzek’s injury following Monday’s loss to the Brewers and will move the roster ahead of Tuesday’s game in Milwaukee.

Matzek, who will have a check-up in Atlanta on Wednesday, told reporters he started feeling discomfort in his shoulder two or three weeks ago. He cited back pain during spring training as a possible reason for the latest injury.

“It was probably two weeks or three weeks [ago] that my shoulder started to feel uncomfortable,” Matzek said Monday, according to “I think I was just making up for the lack of mobility in my back. I felt good trying to go through the back [injury]. I think it just escalated into something else.”

Hard throwing Matzek has a 5.06 ERA in 13 appearances this season and has struggled with his control, walking nine in 10⅔ innings. He was one of Atlanta’s top relievers last season, when he posted a 2.57 ERA in 69 outings, and dominated through the playoffs, going 3-0 with a 1.67 ERA and 24 strikeouts in 15⅔ innings.

Braves manager Brian Snitker said rookie Spencer Strider will take on a bigger role in the Atlanta bullpen during Matzek’s absence. Strider pitched two scoreless innings on Monday, lowering his ERA to 2.75.

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