The Atlanta Braves will be without right-hander Chris Martin through the length of their current road trip as the reliever went on the 10-day injured list with an esophageal constriction.
In short, Martin has developed gradual damage to the lining of his esophagus, possibly because of acid reflux, and he will have a procedure to address inflammation and scar tissue that has caused narrowing.
"I didn't realize what was going on until after (Thursday's) game," Braves manager Brian Snitker told reporters. "It's not a condition. He had some problems and he had to have a procedure done. I haven't Googled it yet. I'm going to."
The issue is not considered serious and Martin is expected to rejoin the active roster after the team finishes its trip to Philadelphia, New York (Yankees) and Florida. The opener of the trip Friday against the Phillies was postponed because of rain with a doubleheader scheduled for Sunday.
Martin, 34, has made four appearances this season, going 0-1 with a 2.25 ERA. In five major league seasons he is 2-11 with a 4.45 ERA over 148 appearances, all in relief. He has 137 strikeouts in 137 2/3 innings.
--Field Level Media