Julio Teheran Injury: Updates on Braves Pitcher’s Lat and Return

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March 14, 2012; Lake Buena Vista, FL, USA; Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Julio Teheran (27) pitches in the third inning of the game against the Washington Nationals at Champion Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

The Braves announced the details on Teheran‘s status. David O’Brienof the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported the news, indicatingTeheran appeared to hurt his back while at the plate in the top of the fifth inning. Although he returned to the mound for the bottom of the fifth, Teheran exited after fielding a ground ball.

Braves manager Brian Snitker said Teheran experienced discomfort in his upper back after a pitch, per Mark Bowman of MLB.com.

Teheran revealed the injury occurred after a pitch in the third inning, though he thought he could play through it, noting teammate Erick Aybar advised against it, per O’Brien.

MLB.com provided the footage of Teheran walking to the dugout:

In the midst of an already disastrous 2016 campaign, the Braves would loathe losing someone as valuable as Teheran for any extended period of time.

After tossing seven shutout innings in his prior outing against the Rockies, Teheran kept them off the board for four innings on Friday before being forced to leave. Atlanta’s bullpen subsequently deniedTeheran the chance for a fourth win of the season by letting up four runs in the sixth.

Teheran lowered his ERA to 2.71 yet only has a 3-8 record to show for it. That’s how dire the situation is with the Braves, who would be best suited to not press Teheran back into action until he’s absolutely ready and 100 percent.

Given the circumstances as the worst club in baseball record-wise, Atlanta may want to consider shutting down Teheran for at least his next start. The 25-year-old should be conserved as much as possible down the stretch as the Braves continue to rebuild.