Atlanta Braves prospect Matt Marksberry is currently being treated for severe dehydration at a hospital in Florida, which has been confirmed by a team official. While HIPAA regulations do not allow the team to go into detailed specifics, Marksberry went in for a procedure deemed “non-baseball” and had a reaction due to the severe dehydration he suffered.
The 26-year-old from Cincinnati made his major league debut last season, pitching in 31 games out of relief for the Braves. He went 0-3 in 23.1 innings of work, posting a 1.63 WHIP. This season, he pitched in just four games out of relief, allowing two earned runs in 3.1 innings of work.
Converted to the bullpen full-time prior to the start of the 2015 season, Marksberry began his Atlanta career as a starter, but had yet to progress past Single-A at age 24. This season at Triple-A Gwinnett, he went 4-2 with a 2.65 ERA, pitching 34 innings and striking out nearly a batter per frame. Over his two years at Triple-A, he owns a 2.64 ERA out of relief.
Taken in the 15th round of the 2013 MLB Draft by the Braves out of Campbell University in Buies Creek, North Carolina, Marksberry has worked his way through the Atlanta system to establish himself as a left-hander the Braves believed could be used in their bullpen. He made two appearances in a three-day span prior to the trade deadline, but was placed on the disabled list for the remainder of the season with a left rotator cuff strain the following day.
He was out-righted to Double-A Mississippi just a day prior to his hospitalization.