Braves option Hicks to make room for Teheran

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.

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6 game

May 6th, 2011
11:32 pm

Way to go Freddie, 6 game streak, impressive. Good moves!

Ken Stallings

May 6th, 2011
11:38 pm

The Braves pitching situation is causing the rest of baseball to turn green with envy!

We are actualy bringing up the number five prospect in basebal for a “spot start!” Then, he will go back to the minors!


May 7th, 2011
12:24 am

Excellent job by our hurlers. Uggla’s bp is now well over the Mendoza line, and puttind AG in the 2 hole was a good move. Keep it up, and GO BRAVES!

Curious George

May 7th, 2011
1:32 am

Is it just me, or is Braves Pitching now significantly better WITHOUT Roger McDowell?


May 7th, 2011
3:01 am

Why is Jair Jurrjens being moved back to Sunday?


May 7th, 2011
3:56 am

Fredi’s handling of the pitching in the seventh inning was genius.


May 7th, 2011
4:07 am


The whole rotation is being pushed back to give them an extra day of rest.

South Ga boy in the Atl

May 7th, 2011
6:23 am

If the staff is a little tired then this is a really good move by Wren to bring up Tehran for a spot start. Philly will have little or no scouting report on this guy so big adv to him and the Braves. If Wren had half as much foresight with getting some right handed power a yr or two ago as he has with pitching then the Braves may have won the Series last yr and would prob have the best record in baseball right now. Lowe and Chipper take up 35% of team salary. Julio could be pitching in Lowe’s spot for 400k a yr rather than 15 mil for Lowe that could have gotten us a right handed outfielder power hitter. I hate to pi$$ some off but Prado could be playing 3rd for 1/3 the money Chipper was given in this last contract and the extra 10 mil could have gotten another right handed power hitting outfielder and J-Hey could move to center field. We are so susceptible to elite left handed pitching that we will get a big dose of in the playoffs. But that would have taken some insight on Wren’s part 2-3 yrs ago. Too bad he didn’t have it

John Galt

May 7th, 2011
6:43 am

South Ga boy in the Atl-

I agree with most of your comments but the definition of “elite left handed pitching” didn’t fare so well against us on Friday-

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May 7th, 2011
6:49 am

South Ga Boy- I’ll be sureto recommend that your boss fire you and bring in someone else for 1/3 of what you make. At the time Lowe signed his contract, the Braves were desperate for another starting pitcher and had already been spurned by several free agents that winter, so we had to do what it took to get Derek Lowe. no foresight required there. As far as Chipper goes… He was coming off a season where he hit .364… so yes, it’s you that needs to be replaced.

I Want All My Table Dance Money Back

May 7th, 2011
7:24 am

The best news is that D Lowe can put the clamor over his DUI behind him after this sterling start. He’s pitching mad, and it serves him well.

Hoosier Boy

May 7th, 2011
7:31 am

Buy that Lowe boy some shoes that fit, if its beyond his budget…….


May 7th, 2011
7:55 am

What is it with Lowe and blisters? Pitched great regardless. O’Flaherty is an unsung star. Venters gets all the press but Eric is just as effective. Having two elite LHs in the pen is the envy of the league.


May 7th, 2011
8:07 am

anyone notice Freddie Freeman’s defensive performance at first? he looked like a grizzly deftly plucking salmon from the rapids

Terry Dunlap

May 7th, 2011
8:07 am

Main reason the Braves are winning, is that the pictures are allowing major runs in the first three innings.It’s pretty hard to dig yourself out of a hole, when you are down by three runs before you have had an at bat!! Enough said!!! Go Braves Go!!!!

Terry Dunlap

May 7th, 2011
8:10 am

Silly me..that should have read “pitchers”, not “pitcures”. ….Enough said!!!

D man

May 7th, 2011
8:11 am

Braves are starting to heat up in May. Just like last year when they went on a big run to take the division lead before all of the injuries. GO BRAVES!!!


May 7th, 2011
8:12 am

Paul, JJ is moved back to Sunday because Tim Hudson and Tommy Hanson would otherwise be pitching on three days rest and Fredi Gonzalez didn’t want to do that this early in the year. The double header with Milwaukee made the decision necessary.


May 7th, 2011
8:27 am

Stats are funny – Chipper is on a pace to drive in 114 runs!

Loosing Managar = Loosing Record

May 7th, 2011
8:29 am

Tehran is a city in Iran. The Braves have a terrerist on the rooster?


May 7th, 2011
8:51 am

Terrerist? What? Use spell checker…


May 7th, 2011
8:57 am

And Francoeur is on a 40+ HR, 120+ RBI pace while hitting .305, will wonders never cease.


May 7th, 2011
8:58 am

Loosing, his name is Teheran, not Tehran.


May 7th, 2011
9:01 am

Gotta love pitching depth, the future looks bright. Jurrjens, Hanson, Medlen, Minor, Beachy, Teheran, Vizcaino, Delgado, Obertholzer, and a couple more I can’t recall, though one or two will probably be trade bait.


May 7th, 2011
9:07 am

Gold Glove=freeman….Why Hicks and not Mather..?


May 7th, 2011
9:38 am

I like the move actually. We need to keep Mather since Hinske can only play in left. Gonzo plays A LOT and a decent back up for him is necessary. So, essentially a Hicks for Diory sway here sounds about right to let Gonzo get a few extra days off here and there.

Brother John

May 7th, 2011
9:46 am

That was a good one Observator! “Deftly plucking salmon from the rapids.” AJC might could use you.

Dennis Reynolds

May 7th, 2011
10:16 am

I cannot wait until 6:30


May 7th, 2011
10:20 am

Bud, things will even out and Franceour will settle back to his .240ish BA with unproductive outs. He always tears it up for his new team before going back to his bad habits.

Orego Brave

May 7th, 2011
10:50 am

Loosing Manager: Yep. We have a ‘terrerist’ on the ‘rooster’, but the pigs are safe. Last year at this time we had a real terrorist on the team for about six weeks. Braves fan called him Troy. Opposing pitchers called him Oh No. Go Braves.

Oregon Brave

May 7th, 2011
11:20 am

N. Forgot the N. Oregon Brave. Go Braves.


May 7th, 2011
11:31 am

Diory is hitting 258 with 3 hrs..I have no problem with him coming up..Mather sucks..wish he would start hitting but thats wishful thinking……..Roll Braves.

frenchy will cool off as always….bud


May 7th, 2011
1:34 pm

Give thanks to the Yankees for outbidding us for AJ Burnett and we had to settle for D Lowe.


May 7th, 2011
2:05 pm

It seems like every year the Braves have to carry someone like Mather who they call a professional hitter who never hits for us.
I would like to know how many errors Freeman has already saved by digging throws out of the dirt. The other three infielders have got to love him so lets hope he hits well enough to keep his job.


May 7th, 2011
5:52 pm

JJ is pushed to Sunday to gice Huddy or Tommy boy extra rest after the DH. Teheran goes today instead of Sunday for 2 reasons: 1) today would be his normal day to pitch if he were still in AAA & 2) I am guessing they would prefer he not make his MLB debut in the Sunday night nationally televised game.

Too bad for Hicks but I think Lucas should have gotten that spot. Either Lopez or Ramirez should have been up before Mather. Hopefully they will realize that sooner than later.

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