Braves manager Brian Snitker said Ynoa’s hand ached on the flight back to Atlanta, which led to tests that revealed the fracture.
Ynoa was frustrated after giving up five runs and nine hits in 4 1/3 innings of the 10-9 loss to the Brewers.
“I knew he had done it and it was painful, but during the flight it started to bother him more,” Snitker said on Monday. “They checked this morning and it was a broken bone. Too bad. “
Ynoa (4-2, 3.02) has the lowest average and most wins over the Braves staff. He only allowed one earned point in his three previous starts before Sunday.
Ynoa’s emergence was particularly significant as Mike Soroka, the team’s 2020 opening day pitcher, suffered a setback in his recovery after surgery for his torn right Achilles tendon.
Soroka underwent follow-up surgery on Monday, leaving his hopes for a return this season uncertain.
Soroka felt discomfort which led to the follow-up surgery.
Snitker said the doctors “cleaned it up” and said, “We just need to give him time and see how it all heals.
The Braves promoted rookie southpaw Tucker Davidson from Triple-A Gwinnett. Davidson opens Game 2 of a three-game series against the New York Mets on Tuesday. Left-hander Jesse Biddle has been nominated for an assignment.
Ynoa’s injury and Soroka’s extended recovery time could also open up more opportunities for Bryse Wilson and Kyle Wright in the rotation.
“It has been a challenge and it will continue to be a challenge,” said Snitker. “We just need to stay the course and continue to maintain the system and fight this situation.”
There was good news for Snitker’s Braves on Monday.
Right fielder Ronald Acuna Jr. returned to the lineup on Monday night. He hasn’t started the last three games after jamming his left ankle as he ran to first base Thursday against Toronto. He hit like a pinch hitter on Sunday.