Teheran to make spot start Wednesday in Arizona

As expected, the Braves announced Tuesday that prized prospect Julio Teheran will make a spot start Wednesday in Arizona in place of the injured Brandon Beachy, who is on the disabled list with a strained oblique.

It will be Teheran’s second major league start and first since he made his major league debut in Philadelphia on May 7. He allowed three earned runs in 4 2/3 innings in that game, a 3-0 loss to the Phillies, but the Braves liked the way he handled himself and figure he can do more of the same for another spot start.

The Braves’ fifth starter spot won’t come up again until May 31 because of off days, so the Braves felt comfortable using Teheran for another spot start. He was scheduled to pitch Tuesday, which put him more on schedule with the Braves’ needs than Mike Minor, who pitched on Sunday for Gwinnett.

The Braves could have called on Rodrigo Lopez, but the veteran is out of options and they would have had to put him through waivers and likely lost him had they tried to send him back down after a spot start.

Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said the decision wasn’t an indication that the Braves have lost confidence in Minor, who started on Sunday for Gwinnett.

“It’s just the way it lined up,” Gonzalez said. “We know if you hold him back, it would have been seven, eight days from his last start. Minor has been pitching pretty decent, so it’s nothing about confidence.”

He hinted that Minor could be called upon May 31 when the Braves are likely to need a fifth starter for a longer period of time. They expect Beachy to miss at least a month, after straining his left oblique Friday night against the Phillies.

Teheran was expected to join the Braves on Tuesday and travel with them to Arizona. They haven’t yet announced a corresponding roster move.

Brian McCann, who caught Teheran in Philadelphia, thinks the Braves will see even more from their top-rated pitching prospect now that he’s been through the experience before.

“I feel like I have a better idea what we can do with him, and I think the things that we talked about, he went and worked on,” McCann said. “I like everything he does, it’s just a matter of throwing strikes and getting ahead and dictating the at-bat.”

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May 16th, 2011
5:21 pm


May 16th, 2011
5:24 pm

No freaking way!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I can rest in peace now…

Matthew 20:16

May 16th, 2011
5:26 pm

So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen.


May 16th, 2011
5:30 pm

It’s clear Teheran isn’t ready yet and they’re bringing him up again.

They’re going to ruin this kid


May 16th, 2011
5:34 pm

Why!! Stupid, stupid, stupid. If he gets hurt he goes on the MAJOR LEAGUE disabled list. Service time, more money, less Teheran. Can’t believe they’d risk that.


May 16th, 2011
5:35 pm

Matthew wrong blog.


May 16th, 2011
5:47 pm

I thought Matthew was pretty funny

the truth...

May 16th, 2011
5:49 pm

Carrol, How did they announce this on Tuesday when it’s only Monday?

Monk Nash

May 16th, 2011
5:54 pm

Give’em the heater Julio!

Don't trade Young Pitching

May 16th, 2011
6:25 pm

You bring him up because someone else is hurt. You can’t live life afraid of “what could happen”


May 16th, 2011
6:35 pm

retired & Ben on wrong blog..lol
didn’t know it hurt so bad.
Hope chipper is ready in three days and J-hey also. Have not problem with Teheran filling in.The kid will be great!


May 16th, 2011
6:54 pm

Tehearan has nothing left to prove against the AAA hitters. I am worried about Minor getting upset though that he’s not being called up to make these starts. He’s doing awesome as well in AAA.

Just waiting for a trade so we can bring these guys up for good. Hopefully we can get some 3b and CF depth in return. Maybe we can swing a Jurrjens trade for Mike Trout?!? j/k


May 16th, 2011
8:12 pm

Minor can suck it up. He’s a big boy. I’m sure he wasn’t interested in starting on 2 days rest anyway…

As far as Teheran getting hurt, that’s always a possibility with athletes. I think the reward outweighs the risk at this point. It’s a spot start. He will be sent down immediately after the game. Minor will probably get the call in 2 weeks when the Braves need another 5th starter. Then again, Teheran could annihilate the D-Backs and never look back…

The Braves have 8 Major League starters and 5 spots available. I get the sense that Lopez will be used as a trade chip to add a stick. Everyone needs pitching and the Braves have ALL of it..

urban redneck

May 16th, 2011
8:34 pm

how about jj, kawakami and r lopez for trout? i’d do that. add anyone else they want whose name doesn’t rhyme with schmeheran.

they said minor will get the next call, and it will be for more than one start because beachy will be out for a month.

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Robin Of The Hood

May 16th, 2011
9:31 pm

@Urban Redneck

Get rid of JJ? Man the Braves would rather lose a fan than an ACE

Hy Ronatt

May 16th, 2011
10:04 pm

Lets throw Carlos Santana out there to be run over by the bus. I’ll drive.

bravesfansince 80

May 16th, 2011
10:39 pm

I think it is great….. Teheran learns the difference between the Majors and the minors without the pressure….. he gets the lesson and get to practice on the regular without sitting around in the majors…… JJ, Huddy, Henson, Lowe all have shown that they can do well…… the bull pen is maturing. Prado is starting to heat up, Hinskie wants to play more…. If the offense starts to click and we can get a spark plug as the 4th outfielder or a everyday left fielder if the chip goes down for a month I like our chances over the Marlins and the wild card….. and you never know Philly may return to normal


May 16th, 2011
10:47 pm

Teheran isn’t ready…bad idea…

Jim Bakker

May 16th, 2011
11:09 pm

“Teheran learns the difference between the Majors and the minors without the pressure”

But here you are with your faith
And your Peter Pan advice
You have no scars on your face
And you cannot handle pressure

[...] Atlanta Braves [...]


May 17th, 2011
12:10 am

Phool, what do you base this omnipotence on? You been charting Gwinnett’s pitchers? and yeah, trade Jurgens… You guys are better than a comedy club…

Way to go again, Bravos… ain’t nobody in the NL too anxious to dig in against this pitching staff… Phillies are starting to show some holes, too… Lee looking quite human… I’ll take the Bravos staff any day… Thank God the Armchair Cryboys aren’t running the show!!!

Braves fan

May 17th, 2011
12:53 am

Teheran isnt ready because he has one start against the first place Phillies? Man, give me a break. Give the kid a chance before you throw him under the bus. I don’t think he did that bad in his only start considering what he was dealing with at such a young age. If his next start is good, you guys will be getting him ready for cooperstown. Silly Braves fans, smh….

Nick N Richmond

May 17th, 2011
9:06 am

I think it’ll be fine. It’s not like they’re keeping him up in The Show. I think it will actually be good for him, in his development (to figure out what he needs to improve upon, and work on it at the minor league level when he goes back).

The thing that bothers me is that the Braves are using up his options by bringing him up on the 25 man, and the off.


May 17th, 2011
9:06 am

Braves fan:

Right you are, we have posters on here who most likely have never seen Teheran pitch in the minor leagues passing judgments on whether or not he is ready to pitch in the big leagues. I also think the poster who wants to trade JJ for Trout is really hilarious.

Bob Horner's Blonde Mullet

May 17th, 2011
9:26 am

JS – you’re a moron.. who would worry about injury to a 20 yr old phenom? Why ever play any of your prospects in the Majors then? I mean, someone might get hurt! Go back to your bubble, and turn on the Matlock — what a weiner!


May 16th, 2011
5:34 pm
Why!! Stupid, stupid, stupid. If he gets hurt he goes on the MAJOR LEAGUE disabled list. Service time, more money, less Teheran. Can’t believe they’d risk that.

Chief pitchanono

May 17th, 2011
9:39 am

Yeah I think we are seeing more into this than what is there. You certainly can’t get Lopez through on waivers, he’s pitching way too well and there is no reason to mess with Minor’s schedule that much. The only way we will ever see Lopez in a Braves uni is if we are forced to bring him up due to multiple serious injuries to the rotation. So hopefully that doesn’t happen. If he keeps throwing well in AAA, he will be great trade bait at some point and time and I think that was the Braves intention with him the whole time. Gotta hand it to the minor league guys, they have a knack for turning these washed up guys back into MLB pitchers. Too bad we can’t let Linebrink spend some time down there. I certainly think that Minor will get the next start, because their will be plenty of time to adjust the schedule to make it more favorable for him. If for some reason he doesn’t, then let the specualation begin! Go Braves!!


May 17th, 2011
10:01 am

Did anyone actually check Santana’s green card?

Jay Dubu

May 17th, 2011
10:46 am

The Braves have to move Lopez to the big club by June 15 or lose him, and Beachy is out at least a month (from May 13).

Are they hoping to trade Lopez by the 15th, bring him up by the 15th, or lose him?

I’d say bring him up for the May 31 start, let him stay while Beachy makes a couple of rehab starts, to showcase him for possible trades.

Risk, he’s doing well in AAA, but they don’t know how that will translate to the Majors.

Disbott 3000

May 17th, 2011
12:04 pm

It’s not ideal to lose one of your starters for a long period of time, but it is ideal for Teheran to get a chance to break in the way he is right now. After starting against the Phillies in Philadelphia, the D-Bags will be no problem at all.

Minor’s a big boy. He knows how the system works and that he will get his chance,even if it’s not as soon as he would like. Patience,my young Jedi apprentice…


May 17th, 2011
12:23 pm

Speaking of roster moves, any way we can sign Scott Podsednik?
He just got released, can add much needed speed, has a great OBP, and would help OF depth, particularly if Prado has to play a lot of 3B soon.
It would be so nice to be able to actually steal a base or hit and run.
Just once.

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Chuck M.

May 18th, 2011
9:41 am

Teheran has plenty of optins left,no problem there!

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