KISSIMMEE, Fla. – The Braves’ top pitching prospect Julio Teheran suffered a minor setback with back spasms 4-5 days ago, Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. But he’s pitching again and might make his first appearance in a split-squad game on Friday in Viera.
“He had a little back spasm, so we slowed down on him but the last couple reports, he’s been great,” Gonzalez said. “Hopefully (he’ll be ready) for the split squad.”
Teheran, 20, is rated No. 5 in Baseball America’s Top 100 prospects and is the highest rated pitcher.
He is not expected to contend for a major league job coming out of spring training, but if he continues to progress this season as he did in his breakout year last year, the Braves will have a hard time keeping in the minor leagues.
Gonzalez hopes to get the Braves’ other two top pitching prospects some action Friday in Viera. Randall Delgado, ranked 35th in that Baseball America list, and Arodys Vizcaino, ranked No. 93, both made the trip to Astros camp Tuesday but neither got into the game. They both warmed up in the ninth for emergency duty in case Jairo Asencio ran into trouble.
Teheran, Delgado and Vizcaino are all in the Braves major league camp for the first time.