LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — The Florida portion of the Braves’ spring-training schedule ended with a rainout Monday night, so the team got back to Atlanta several hours sooner than expected.
They were pleased for the extra time at home, since the Braves will play exhibition games against Minnesota at Turner Field Tuesday night and Wednesday before flying to Washington to open the regular season on Thursday. It’s a busy stretch.
Manager Fredi Gonzalez said the rainout didn’t hamper the Braves. They planned to play regulars only a couple of innings and use minor league pitchers Monday against Washington before the game was called nearly five hours prior to the scheduled start.
“We haven’t lost a day of spring training [before this],” Gonzalez said. “The guys that were going to play were just going to get one at-bat. None of the [roster] pitchers were going to pitch. So it doesn’t do anything except gives us a little breather.”
Gonzalez said the Braves would use all seven relievers in Tuesday’s game against the Twins, but wasn’t sure about the order. On Wednesday, Brandon Beachy and Rodrigo Lopez are set to pitch three or four innings apiece against the Twins.
Hanson, Hudson work under cover
Tim Hudson and Tommy Hanson had been scheduled to pitch in a minor league game Monday, but instead threw in covered batting cages after all games at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex were cancelled.
Gonzalez decided last week to not pitch Hudson and Hanson against the Nationals so soon before facing them in the season-opening series. Hanson is scheduled to pitch Game 2 against the Nationals on Saturday, and Hudson gets the series finale Sunday.