LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Before the Braves play the St. Louis Cardinals at 1:05 p.m. Wednesday, the teams will play a “B” game at 10:30 a.m. on Field 2 adjacent to Champion Stadium at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.
The first “B” game of the spring for the Braves will allow rookies Mike Minor and Brandon Beachy to pitch four innings apiece as they continue their competition for the fifth-starter job. They are the leading candidates in a three-pitcher race.
Rodrigo Lopez, the veteran who also has aspirations for the job, will start the main game in the afternoon. Last week, Lopez, Beachy and Minor all were able to pitch their innings on the same day because the Braves had split-squad games that day.
Scheduled relievers for the Braves in the main game include left-handers Jonny Venters, Yohan Flande and Brett Oberholtzer, and right-hander Arodys Vizcaino.
The Cardinals plan to start Kyle Lohse in the main game and Ian Snell in the “B” game.
Braves plan first roster cuts
The Braves plan to make their first roster cuts on Thursday. There are currently 59 players on the active camp roster, including 31 pitchers, seven catchers, 11 infielders and 10 outfielders…. Pitcher Kenshin Kawakami, who was two weeks late to camp because of visa issues in Japan, could make his first game appearance by the end of the week. The Braves are trying to trade the veteran, who went 1-10 last season and is owed $6.7 million in the final year of his contract…. Wherever the Yankees go, big crowds show. A sellout crowd of 10,750 at Champion Stadium on Tuesday was more than 2,000 above the previous largest crowd to see a Braves game this sprig, home or road.