Teheran to debut Sat, Moylan headed for surgery, oh yeah, it’s Phillies-Braves

(Staff writer Carroll Rogers is filling in for David O’Brien this series.)

PHILADELPHIA – First off my apologies for the late “focal blog” post today. I blame Peter Moylan and Julio Teheran and a host of pretty big news on the Braves beat today…..Where to begin.

Let me just say that when manager Fredi Gonzalez told us in the visiting dugout this afternoon that Julio Teheran would be starting tomorrow, he did it so smoothly, and with the perfect segue from Braves assistant PR man Jim Misudek, who had just told us that the Phillies announced Kyle Kendrick was starting Saturday instead of Roy Oswalt….Gonzalez goes “And starting for us Saturday will be Julio Teheran.”

Mine wasn’t the only double-take in the dugout. At least I don’t think. My eyes were too busy popping out of my head than looking around.

Surprise, surprise, surprise.

No spot start from Mike Minor, who pitched Thursday for Gwinnett, no three days’ rest Sunday from Tim Hudson. We get our first taste of Teheran tomorrow against the Phillies and we haven’t even begun the series yet, which figures to be filled with intrigue as always.

The Braves just came off the field for bp, and it won’t be long before Cliff Lee is warming up for the Phillies. He takes on Derek Lowe tonight in the opener. The way it had stacked up, the pitcher with the highest ERA of the six scheduled starters in this series was Lowe, at 3.72. That’s just the kind of thing you expect when these two teams – and their two staffs – line up.

Now we throw Teheran in the mix.

(We will also see Kendrick because Oswalt is having problems with his lower back. He’d apparently been having problems before he left the team a week ago to tend to his tornado-ravaged home in Mississippi. Kendrick is no slouch either, especially against the Braves. He’s 5-1 with a 2.55 ERA in 11 games, including nine starts against Atlanta.)

So where were we? Teheran. He’s been dominant in Gwinnett, going 3-0 with a 1.80 ERA in five starts. He’s allowed one or no earned runs in four of his five starts. He has eight walks to 25 strikeouts and a .231 opponents’ batting average.

“Give the kid a chance,” Gonzalez said. “He’s been pitching good. Why not?”

Through a contact at Baseball America, who spoke with a scout today about Teheran, I can pass along this scouting report. He rated Teheran with a plus fastball and plus changeup. If there’s any part of Teheran’s repertoire he thinks is vulnerable it’s his breaking ball, which the scout called inconsistent.

But I say when your fastball is mid-90s and you’ve got a plus-changeup, and the Phillies lineup has never seen you before, why not expect good things tomorrow?

I just can’t help but think back to that night not so long ago in Gwinnett when Teheran was sitting between Gonzalez and pitching coach Roger McDowell, when they were watching Jair Jurrjens pitch in a rehab game. And McDowell leaned over and told Teheran he better get a sport coat.

Gonzalez had to explain that the Braves wear dress clothes to travel, and it meant McDowell thought Teheran would be in the big leagues before long. Somewhere in Rochester, NY Teheran was scrambling to find a men’s clothing store. Or hey, downtown Philly has got a few.

More on Peter Moylan

And from the other big news of the day, Moylan. The Aussie character and key cog on the Braves bullpen is waiting on one final opinion but at this point is resigned to the fact that he’s headed for surgery on his lower back.

He’s going to to see Dr. Robert Watkins in LA on Monday for a second opinion (same guy who did Troy Aikman’s back in 1993 and got him back on the field in three months for the season-opener against the Redskins.) He also operated on Randy Johnson. But in a nutshell, all signs say Moylan is heading for surgery and the quicker, he says, the better.

Moylan is not prepared to put a timetable on this just yet, not until he talks to Watkins, but your typical herniated disc surgeries require 12 months recovery.

Moylan has had surgery on this area of his spine before, so it could mean he’d need more time to recover. Or Watkins could recommend a different surgical route. It’s fair to say though, that Moylan is hopeful to be back this season. The way he put it was he was “very encouraged” by what he heard from a surgeon in Atlanta on Thursday.

As for whether the Braves will be prompted to go outside the organization to look for help for their bullpen in the meantime, I think the answer is no, at least not yet.

“We get together and always talk about what’s around the league to improve,” said Gonzalez of GM Frank Wren and him. “But that specific subject we have not addressed.”

In other injury news, I also learned this afternoon that Gwinnett reliever Stephen Marek is headed for “Tommy John” surgery. Check out that story on our Braves page for more details…

Tom Glavine on Brandon Beachy

If you, like me, were watching the Braves-Brewers broadcast Thursday night, did this one jump out at you? When Tom Glavine told broadcast partner Joe Simpson (and the viewing audience) that he’d been teaching his young sons Brandon Beachy’s motion?

That’s pretty nice praise from a 300-game winner and future Hall-of-Famer to want his own sons mimicking Beachy. Beachy was living up to the compliment with another dominant performance – one unearned run in six innings of a no-decision against Milwaukee.

“I love his delivery,” Glavine said. “No moving parts. So simple.”

It’s actually going to be wild to watch a Braves-Phillies series without Beachy pitching. By my count, Beachy has faced the Phillies each of the last three times these two teams have matched up – September, October and April.

Surely, a lot of minds will go back to Beachy’s debut against the Phillies last year when Teheran debuts tomorrow. The one thing Teheran has on Beachy, at least in terms of the circumstances, is he’s had a full day to prepare (Beachy didn’t know Jurrjens couldn’t go for sure until about 3 p.m. the day of his start) and it’s not September of a pennant race. But still…..

Braves Lineup (Just a day off for Heyward)

1. Prado LF

2. Gonzalez SS

3. Jones 3B

4. McCann C

5. Uggla 2B

6. Freeman 1B

7. Mather RF

8. McLouth CF

9. Lowe P

Phillies Lineup

1. Rollins SS

2. Victorino CF

3. Polanco 3B

4. Howard 1B

5. Francisco RF

6. Ibanez LF

7. Orr 2B

8. Schneider C

9. Lee P

1,635 comments Add your comment

NCbrave

May 6th, 2011
6:57 pm

First? FINALLY, a new blog! Go Braves

Venice Jim

May 6th, 2011
6:57 pm

Thanks, Carroll, from NYC!!!

Bat Masterson

May 6th, 2011
6:58 pm

Go Braves! Kick some Phillie butt

Tomahawkin

May 6th, 2011
6:58 pm

Look At that Slop lineup! UGGH!!!

TRB

May 6th, 2011
6:58 pm

Thanks, Carroll. I’ll read it a bit later.

Ya know, if Heyward asked for the night off, there’s a pretty good chance he’s hurting.

That was a pretty hard crash he took on the cinders in foul territory last night.

Tomahawkin

May 6th, 2011
7:00 pm

From The Last Blog

J-Hey Asking for a Day of Rest in the Biggest series so far up to date…Please! Take some Effing No-Dose and Shoot up some Creatine FCOL!!! I don’t ever bash J-Hey but we need him in the lineup Bad. His Presence in the lineup alone makes a huge impact even if his batting avg (which is an overrated stat) is down. The dude ranks at or near the top in pitches per at bat…

McFann :Ô: :Ô:

May 6th, 2011
7:00 pm

Thanks for the new Blog and the lineup, Ms. Rogers!

Guess I better learn how to pronounce “Terehan”… :P

Mixxo

May 6th, 2011
7:01 pm

We crawl outta Philly with one win…..it’ll be a major accomplishment.

Limp home and get ready for the Nats……and more Phillies on the weekend. :(

LTBF

May 6th, 2011
7:03 pm

Thank you Carroll. Almost gametime so outta here. Wneed a win tonite dispite no Heyward,bank on it. Lets have a good game ya all.

bruce

May 6th, 2011
7:03 pm

slowest news day ever!!!!

Braveone

May 6th, 2011
7:03 pm

From the previous blog which had 1,954 comments, Tomahawkin led the way with 94 posts. There were 183 different poster names. Here are the Top 25:

Rank Poster Frequency

1 Tomahawkin 94
2 Mixxo 66
3 tiger297 64
4 nolie 55
5 Arkansas Transplant 53
6 Lew 52
7 Roman Gal 48
8 McFann :Ô: :Ô: 47
9 Snotboogie 46
10 cabravesfan 46
11 Just Pat 45
12 DAP 39
13 David O’Brien 37
14 JC from DR! 35
15 abwright 33
16 Fish Bisch 31
17 Gil In Mechanicsville 31
18 ///////keylargo\\\\\\\ 30
19 Ward 30
20 Shaun 29
21 Tbraves 28
22 Murph 26
23 ncscoots 26
24 BRAVO_FAN52 25
25 Robert 25

Tomahawkin

May 6th, 2011
7:03 pm

Ok, I’m gonna Try to settle Down by having a Samuel Jackson or 5

Game-Time!

“All Da Way Turn’t Up!”

Lew

May 6th, 2011
7:04 pm

McFann – Better learn how to spell it too – Teheran.

LTBF

May 6th, 2011
7:05 pm

Tomahawkin 7:00
co-sign , now outta here

Tomahawkin

May 6th, 2011
7:05 pm

I won My Belt Back! Yay! You are Talking to the 8-Time Intercontinential Blog Champion!

They Are Jammin In Philly!

CaptainMudderland

May 6th, 2011
7:06 pm

Just in time for the new blog….thanks, and with much greater confidence in our lineup to go into Philly and show them some real 2011 baseball–I will totally be into this series this weekend.

Trey

May 6th, 2011
7:07 pm

Is it a good idea to have Teheran start tomorrow against the Phillies? I am just asking.

cs95

May 6th, 2011
7:07 pm

hmm, so oswalt is hurting… DL?

Venice Jim

May 6th, 2011
7:07 pm

I know that I know nothing about baseball, but I would venture a guess that Jason knows more about his condition for tonight than certain people who have not spoken with him today…

Bravefaninok

May 6th, 2011
7:07 pm

Mixxo

May 6th, 2011
7:01 pm

We crawl outta Philly with one win…..it’ll be a major accomplishment.

Limp home and get ready for the Nats……and more Phillies on the weekend. :(

Bull….we need to take 2 oughta 3 at least!!!!!

CaptainMudderland

May 6th, 2011
7:08 pm

@Tomahawkin….Sam Adams…good choice, dark by chance?

McFann :Ô: :Ô:

May 6th, 2011
7:08 pm

Lew

:oops: I looked it up and everything… :roll:

bravesgrl4life

May 6th, 2011
7:08 pm

Game time! GO BRAVES!!!!

Trey

May 6th, 2011
7:08 pm

Tomahawkin, I haven’t seen anyone get as worked up about being number one on the most posts per blog as you. :lol:

Carroll Rogers

May 6th, 2011
7:09 pm

10-game hitting streak for Prado with that infield hit

Tomahawkin

May 6th, 2011
7:09 pm

WARNING

I’m Gonna Apologize Right Now If I go off the deep end…I might start posting as if something is wrong with my hormones! Thats what Rival games do to a man, Blood, Sweat and Tears, Its like a man’s time of the Month…

“Viewer Discretion is Advised but will be completely ignored”–Triple H

Eric from MO

May 6th, 2011
7:09 pm

Game started. I dont blog during game for maniacs. Be back after game to discuss this more.

Venice Jim

May 6th, 2011
7:09 pm

Marteeeennn!!! Sort of…

bravesgrl4life

May 6th, 2011
7:09 pm

Infield hit for Marteeen!

Lew

May 6th, 2011
7:09 pm

McFann – It’s all right. I’m sure you’ll have plenty more practice.

Tomahawkin

May 6th, 2011
7:10 pm

Ha Ha, J-Stroll!

Bravefaninok

May 6th, 2011
7:11 pm

Dan Uggla is gonna break out this series……

bravesgrl4life

May 6th, 2011
7:11 pm

hope we can get to Lee again tonight like we did in the Opening Day game!

Tomahawkin

May 6th, 2011
7:11 pm

Captain Mudderland!

Samuel Jackson Beer is The Way to go…!

///////keylargo\\\\\\\

May 6th, 2011
7:11 pm

VJ – why aren’t you on the train going down to Philly?

detroitchris

May 6th, 2011
7:11 pm

Kat

May 6th, 2011
7:11 pm

Carroll thanks for the updates today and tonight’s blog, you’ve been busy!

Darryl Blackberry

May 6th, 2011
7:12 pm

Disgusting amount of red in the stands tonight.

Tomahawkin

May 6th, 2011
7:13 pm

If I’m not Mistaking Gonzo hits well against Philly? especially at CBP?

Bravefaninok

May 6th, 2011
7:13 pm

Alex is makin him throw a lot…I like it!

Venice Jim

May 6th, 2011
7:13 pm

Wish Jason was batting second… he’s killing us… good at bat, Gonzo!

Mixxo

May 6th, 2011
7:13 pm

Bravefaninok –

I agree, but these ARE the Philadelphia Phillies remember.

Lew

May 6th, 2011
7:13 pm

Darryl – The game is in Philadelphia. Red makes sense.

Lew

May 6th, 2011
7:13 pm

Darryl – The game is in Philadelphia. Red makes sense.

JasonInFL

May 6th, 2011
7:13 pm

3-Run shot by Chipper???

Tommie

May 6th, 2011
7:13 pm

Bravefaninok

May 6th, 2011
7:13 pm

Nicely done Gonzo!

listen to them Booing Chipper…..Larrrrrrrrry,Larrrrrrrry….HaHa

Venice Jim

May 6th, 2011
7:13 pm

BRAVO_FAN52

May 6th, 2011
7:13 pm

hit and run sweet

Tomahawkin

May 6th, 2011
7:13 pm

LARRY!!!

DO SOMETHING! Your Power stroke has been nonexistant the last 10 games!

Lew

May 6th, 2011
7:13 pm

Don’t even know how a double post happened. Weird

Trey

May 6th, 2011
7:14 pm

What’s that? I see empty seats in the Phillies stadium!

JC from DR!

May 6th, 2011
7:14 pm

Come on Chipper!

Darryl Blackberry

May 6th, 2011
7:15 pm

Lew – I know. Just makes me kinda see red.

Zow!

Tomahawkin

May 6th, 2011
7:15 pm

Bet they don’t Score Here! Watch!

Mixxo

May 6th, 2011
7:15 pm

Up…..I guess.

Tomahawkin

May 6th, 2011
7:16 pm

WTG LARRY!!!

GRRRRR!!!

Tommie

May 6th, 2011
7:16 pm

Ouch! Not pretty, Chipper.

JasonInFL

May 6th, 2011
7:16 pm

Mixxo

May 6th, 2011
7:16 pm

“Great hitter’s ballpark…”

8O

How come we can’t hit there? :(

detroitchris

May 6th, 2011
7:17 pm

thanks venice!

JasonInFL

May 6th, 2011
7:17 pm

1st 2 on with 3, 4, and 5 coming up…let’s get at least one boys!

Tomahawkin

May 6th, 2011
7:17 pm

Effing Figures!

Already 0-2 hitting with RISP

CaptainMudderland

May 6th, 2011
7:17 pm

We want more than just “some signs” Dan!

Tbraves

May 6th, 2011
7:18 pm

Bad offensive inning!
Just sad…..phillies dont let these chances go by….

Tomahawkin

May 6th, 2011
7:18 pm

G-Dammit offense!

That Inning will come back to bite us hard, We Had Le on the Ropes that inning!

BRAVO_FAN52

May 6th, 2011
7:18 pm

swing that 6that little bat popoye

bravesgrl4life

May 6th, 2011
7:18 pm

Not good for Chipper and Mac. Come on Uggs.

Mixxo

May 6th, 2011
7:18 pm

Blue……giving us plenty o’ breaks!

Tbraves

May 6th, 2011
7:19 pm

Even the ump saved our batters on several close calls!!!
Sad….3-4-5 batters only hack and miss

bravesgrl4life

May 6th, 2011
7:19 pm

And definitely not good for Uggly.

JasonInFL

May 6th, 2011
7:19 pm

Uggla sucks.

Bravefaninok

May 6th, 2011
7:19 pm

CaptainMudderland

May 6th, 2011
7:17 pm

We want more than just “some signs” Dan!

The guy hit .321 for the home stand.

njbraves

May 6th, 2011
7:19 pm

Shocker…..Uggla strikes out again.

NJ Braves Fan

May 6th, 2011
7:19 pm

nice at bat Uggla!! You F-ing SUCK!!!

Tomahawkin

May 6th, 2011
7:19 pm

Popeye? Please! Dude Has been hitting Like Olive Oil!

JC from DR!

May 6th, 2011
7:19 pm

Way to go!!

Good job boys.

Uggla looking great with runners on base once again.

Mixxo

May 6th, 2011
7:19 pm

It’s over y’all……..later.

Go Hawks!!!

JasonInFL

May 6th, 2011
7:20 pm

should have bunted with Chipper ;-)

MFin04

May 6th, 2011
7:20 pm

Ominous start for the Braves. Really need Dan Uggla to hit the ball hard this series. 3-4-5 hitters choke with a chance to break the game open and take pressure off of Lowe. Not good.

monty

May 6th, 2011
7:20 pm

THat’s the best our 3,4,5 guys got? Sheeesh!

BRAVO_FAN52

May 6th, 2011
7:20 pm

ha ha hawkin

MariettaDerek

May 6th, 2011
7:20 pm

Man, that inning wasn’t DOUBLE PITS TO CHESTY! You just knew Uggla was going to K there.

bravesgrl4life

May 6th, 2011
7:21 pm

Lets hope good Lowe shows up and not the drunk one.

Tomahawkin

May 6th, 2011
7:21 pm

Our Middle of the Order Sucks when We are not leading by at least 2 runs or more, Non Clutch Chokers!

MFin04

May 6th, 2011
7:21 pm

Cliff Lee got screwed on a couple calls as well. If Lowe isn’t getting the outside pitch, could be a very long night.

MariettaDerek

May 6th, 2011
7:21 pm

At least we got the pitch count up a bit for Lee AND Lowe got to see the ump has a tiny tiny zone tonight.

monty

May 6th, 2011
7:21 pm

There are just those times when you know Ugglas not going to even foul one off.

Kat

May 6th, 2011
7:21 pm

25 pitches for Lee in the first….that’s something good that came outa it at least.

NJ Braves Fan

May 6th, 2011
7:21 pm

I’m starting to get sick of Uggla!!!

bravesgrl4life

May 6th, 2011
7:22 pm

Okay, good start for Lowe. Hopefully Victorino is not on his game tonight.

shmoe

May 6th, 2011
7:23 pm

look folks, its not like they were facing a slouch. cliff made some nasty pitches.

Tomahawkin

May 6th, 2011
7:23 pm

How many times will Pestorino Hurt us Tonight? He’s average against everyone else but he plays the 1993 Lenny Dykstra Role on us…

NJ Braves Fan

May 6th, 2011
7:23 pm

The middle of the order looks bad because of one guy…. Can you all guess who that is?

Mixxo

May 6th, 2011
7:23 pm

lol

It’s over at Phillips too. :(

Hawks look sloppy & tired.

Gordo

May 6th, 2011
7:24 pm

Why,why, why do our big batters take two strikes down the middle and then try to hit the pitchers pitch? We had a chance to do something, but we have to swin the bats!

NJ Braves Fan

May 6th, 2011
7:25 pm

How tough is Mccann!!!

bravesgrl4life

May 6th, 2011
7:25 pm

Good effort, Brian. Thanks, Polanco for not letting him tumble! Classy (and I mean that – not being sarcastic).

Tbraves

May 6th, 2011
7:25 pm

A just gained a miniscule amount of respect on how Polanco and the Phillies bench helped McFatty after hanging on the rail

CaptainMudderland

May 6th, 2011
7:25 pm

@any true Braves fan….I am )nice help Polanco(…….Has Derek been really “Lit-up” yet this season?

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