After an unsually long and idle weekend caused by Hurricane Irene, Braves manager Fredi Gonazlez had a chance to re-set his pitching rotation for the final month and lined up his three veteran pitchers against the Nationals.
Jair Jurrjens will pitch the opener of the series on Tuesday at 7:10 p.m. against the Washington Nationals. Following Jurrjens will be Derek Lowe on Wednesday and Tim Hudson on Thursday.
When the Los Angeles Dodgers come to town for a three-game weekend series, the Braves will start Brandon Beachy on Friday and Mike Minor on Saturday. Jurrjens will finish out that series Sunday before the Braves travel to Philadelphia.
Barring further injury or bad weather, the rotation would be set for Lowe-Hudson-Beachy against the Phillies.
This way the Braves’ most veteran pitchers can pitch on as close to normal rest as possible, while rookies Beachy and Minor might work in a simulated game or possibly a minor league outing to stay sharp.
Jurrjens, who was originally scheduled to pitch Saturday against the Mets, will be working on seven days’ rest Tuesday night against the Nationals, three more days than normal. Lowe will pitch on six days’ rest Wednesday and Hudson can come back on only five days’ rest Thursday.