Lake Buena Vista, Fla. – Tommy Hanson will start the Braves’ Grapefruit League opener Tuesday against the New York Mets at Port St. Lucie, Fla., while Tim Hudson gets the home opener Wednesday against the Mets.
The most anticipated Braves pitching appearances might be in relief Friday, when new closer Billy Wagner and setup man Takashi Saito are scheduled to pitch in a home game against Washington.
Derek Lowe will start that game against the Nationals, and it was announced Sunday he will start the April 5 regular-season opener against the Chicago Cubs.
Kenshin Kawakami will start Thursday against Pittsburgh, and Kris Medlen fills in for starter Jair Jurrjens on Saturday against Houston.
The Braves hope Jurrjens, recovering from shoulder inflammation, will be ready to make his first start next week. He will throw off a mound Monday for the first time this spring.
Following are planned Braves relievers for the first Grapefruit games.
Tuesday: Medlen, Jesse Chavez, Michael Dunn, Chris Resop, James Parr and Manny Acosta.
Wednesday: Peter Moylan, Eric O’Flaherty, Jonny Venters, Steve Marek, Jeff Lyman and Mariano Gomez.
Thursday: Jo-Jo Reyes, Lee Hyde, Erik Cordier and Juan Abreu.
Friday: Wagner, Saito, Todd Redmond, Mike Minor, Dunn and Chavez.
Saturday: O’Flaherty, Acosta, Resop, Kyle Cofield, Jose Ortegano, Craig Kimbrel.