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Mike Foltynewicz undergoes surgery for blood clots

Mike Foltynewicz

Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Mike Foltynewicz works in the first inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies, Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)


After being hospitalized over the weekend with blood clots in his throwing arm, Braves right-hander Mike Foltynewicz underwent successful surgery Monday to remove the anterior half of his first rib.

Foltynewicz felt discomfort in his arm on Thursday and was rushed to the emergency room on Friday after experiencing redness and swelling. Now that the procedure is complete, he’s expected to be released from the hospital on Thursday and will be put on a treatment of blood thinners for the next six weeks.

Acquired from the Astros in the Evan Gattis deal during the winter, the 23-year-old Foltynewicz posted a 5.71 ERA and 77/29 K/BB ratio in 86 2/3 innings over 15 starts and three relief appearances this season.

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