The Braves announced after Friday’s game they have optioned infielder Brandon Hicks to Triple-A Gwinnett to make room on the roster for Julio Teheran. Teheran will make his major league debut in a spot start Saturday against the Phillies.
“In all fairness, I told him I probably didn’t give him an opportunity to play as much as he should have,” Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said of Hicks. “He’ll go down there and get a chance to play and swing the bat like he did in spring training.”
Hicks, who made the team out of spring training, got only 10 at-bats in 12 games and made two starts.
The Braves will make another roster move to bring a position player back after Saturday’s game. They could call up Diory Hernandez, who can back up Alex Gonzalez at shortstop. In the meantime, Gonzalez said Martin Prado could play shortstop in an emergency.
Hicks would not be eligible to return within 10 days, by major league rule, unless there’s an injury.