McHugh only pitched 3.2 innings on the year before hitting the injured list. He only allowed 1 run but was not as sharp as one would like. He allowed 3 hits and 3 walks in that limited sample, unlike McHugh who does well in limiting walks.
It would be revealed he was dealing with some right shoulder inflammation that sent him to the injured list on April 6th. Thankfully, it does not appear to be anything serious, and he will return soon.
It is exciting news for Rome because McHugh pitched for Berry College! He was drafted in the 18th round by the New York Mets and would become the first Berry College baseball player to ever reach the major leagues in 2012. He gets to head home to his college stomping grounds for a few games, and I am sure Rome will show him some love.
Hopefully, the rehab assignment goes well, and the Atlanta Braves can get Collin McHugh back in their major-league bullpen. The bullpen has accumulated plenty of work and could use McHugh to help lengthen the "arm barn."
In 2022, McHugh was a solid weapon for the Braves, pitching in 58 games, 69.1 innings, with a 2.60 ERA, 3.05 xERA, 2.71 FIP, 3.24 xFIP, & 2.78 SIERA. This included a 27.6% strikeout rate and a 5.1% walk rate. He filled in late in games, in the middle innings, and sometimes in length for the Braves, making him a versatile weapon for Brian Snitker.
Getting McHugh back and eventually Raisel Iglesias will go a long way to making the Braves bullpen the weapon we thought it would be coming into the season.