Teheran-Delgado decision to come; Hanson progresses

ST. LOUIS — The Braves will wait to decide which rookie, Julio Teheran or Randall Delgado, will stay in the starting rotation after this week.

Teheran (1-1) allowed five hits and one run in 5-1/3 innings on Thursday against the Mets for his first major league win in his third start. Delgado was 0-1 with a 4.20 ERA in three starts before facing the Cardinals in Friday night’s series opener at St. Louis.

Manager Fredi Gonzalez said he would wait to decide which of them will start Wednesday against Florida. The other will presumably move to the bullpen.

Hanson to mound on Sunday

The Braves still hope to have Tommy Hanson (shoulder) or Jair Jurrjens (knee) back to make a start before the regular season ends Sept. 28, so one of them can be ready for a spot in the possible postseason rotation.

“The thing we’re running up against with both of them is, we’re running out of time,” said Gonzalez, adding that it “wouldn’t be fair” to either of the pitchers or the team to have them make their first post-injury start in a playoff game.

Hanson is ahead of Jurrjens in the race to return, by virtue of two pain-free long-toss sessions this week and being set to throw a bullpen session Sunday. Jurrjens has only played catch in the past week and won’t throw off a mound until at least next week.

Gonzalez said if Hanson’s Sunday session goes well, he could go to the Braves’ Instructional League next week in Florida and face hitters. He has been recovering from a small tear beneath his rotator cuff and hasn’t pitched in a game since Aug. 6.

“If he’s close we can bring him back up here and have him make a start,” Gonzalez said.

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VOL

September 9th, 2011
9:53 pm

ugaaccountant

September 9th, 2011
9:54 pm

I’d vote for Teheran, but kudos to both for making it a close race.

KEN COWART

September 9th, 2011
11:03 pm

AFTER TOMORROW NIGHT, CAN WE PLEASE SAY GOODBYE TO DEREK LOWE. LET’S GET THESE GOOD YOUNG THROWERS SOME INNINGS OVER THE NEXT 3 WEEKS. WE CAN GET 4 GOOD PITCHERS FOR THE PLAYOFFS . I LIKE HUDSON AND BEACHY FOR SURE. BUT I’M NOT SO SURE ONE OR 2 OF THESE OTHER GUYS IS NOT BETTER THAN HUDDY. HUDDY IS STILL GIVING UP TOO MANY RUNS. HE GETS A BRAIN FART AND GIVES UP A BIG INNING. LET’S HOPE WE PUT THE BEST GUYS OUT THERE THAT ARE DOING WELL RIGHT NOW. HANSON IS NOT THE ANSWER. EVEN HEALTHY HE GIVES UP 4 RUNS A GAME. FORGET JUIRJENS FOR THIS YEAR.WE’LL WATCH THE ROTATION AND HOPE FREDDIE MAKES A SOUND DECISION FOR ONCE. WE’LL SEE.

Fab Five Fredi

September 9th, 2011
11:14 pm

J-Hey, 0 FOR 3 still standing so far off the plate he is in another zip code. Pendleton nailed it when he said J-Hey was going to have problems with his swing. J-Hey needs A LOT of work in the off-season. The glass man with a swiss cheese swing.

CaliChopper

September 9th, 2011
11:57 pm

Linebrink needs to go!!!

kelly

September 9th, 2011
11:58 pm

I wanna cry. What a tough loss to swallow.
MK

Kyle

September 10th, 2011
12:03 am

I hope St. Louis sweeps and comes back and takes the Wild Card. The Braves do not deserve to be there and they would be one series and out anyway. They are the Georgia Bulldogs of baseball and I’m a Georgia fan saying that but just know the truth about both of them.

Biff Pocoroba

September 10th, 2011
12:03 am

If Fredi ever lets Linestink get on the mound again, he should be fired on the spot. Fredi has worn out the bullpen by yanking his starters in the sixth inning every game. This team keeps getting worse as the year goes on and has no chance in the post season with Fredi in charge. Send him and Linestink back to Florida since Fredi obviously isn’t awake past the eighth inning to have a clue what is going on anymore.

Biff Pocoroba

September 10th, 2011
12:05 am

And Lowe is starting tomorrow. looks like we are headed towards another three game sweep since Lowe will have go out tonight and drink this game off

BravesChokeAgain

September 10th, 2011
12:17 am

I won’t get on Kimbrel for this loss because he has been great pretty much all season long. I however don’t ever expect for him to give up 2 runs in the 9th inning. If he, Venters, or O’Flaherty struggle in a game, it usually gets ugly as they are the best we have.

He is only human and it would be easy to get on him for this loss, but he is a guy that has obviously nailed down a lot of the Braves wins. Same can’t be said for Scott Linestink though. Why is that useless sad ass sack of bones touching a ball in extra innings with the game on the line?

Well, if it wasn’t apparent that the Braves are trying to piss away the playoffs this year by their play in the last 9 games, tonight showed it more than anything. This team is on the verge of complete collapse, and it won’t be shocking at all to see them going home after the season. Looks like they are letting their fans down again, thanks for nothing guys.

iTiSi

September 10th, 2011
12:45 am

Linebrink, every manager’s nightmare. Bye Bye Wildcard, hello next year!!!!!!!

Bob the Blogger

September 10th, 2011
12:53 am

The Braves are still 6 1/2 games ahead of the Cardinals in the wildcard with 17 games to go. How is that “bye bye wildcard”?

northbeach Scott

September 10th, 2011
2:27 am

How can the Braves “team be on the verge of a complete collapse” when they swept a Thursday doubleheader in New York from the Mets with wins by two rookie starters?

Bravos lost a tough one last night, but this is a marathon, not football. One season a game does not make. Tomorrow (Saturday) is another day.

Packer Ed

September 10th, 2011
8:29 am

Mr. Wren and Fredi, have you considered keeping both rookies as starters and moving Lowe to the Bullpen or better yet move Lowe to the minors and he can pitch with Kawakami.

ward

September 10th, 2011
9:18 am

Most Braves fans are well aware of the 162 game schedule and what it takes to become one of the 8 teams out of 30 to start the playoffs. Those contributors above and beyond who write negative stuff continually don’t have the optimism it takes to “be a fan”. We will be OK….It is a marathon …….and we will be there at the end.

hal

September 10th, 2011
9:28 am

anyone notice we almost always lose when the frenchywayward stars a game

Greg

September 10th, 2011
10:17 am

Get rid of Linebrink. How many games has he cost us?

VinceVanGo

September 10th, 2011
11:17 am

The Braves season in summary! They have been carried by rookies(Freeman, Kimbrell, Beachy, and the young stud arms), a great 7-9 innings bullpen staff, and the resurgence of Uggla(2nd half) and Chipper. McCann & Prado have diminished in performance as the year has progressed. A. Gonzolaz, Heyward, and McClouth never did show up for the year. They’re all batting under .225. Their veteran relievers have been a disaster. When will the Braves learn? Young, hungry kids are better than worn out overpaid vets. Picking up Bourn, Diaz, and J. Wilson was brilliant, so Wren is doing all he can. Fredi G. has done okay, but reminds me too much of Bobby Cox in managing style(that’s not a compliment.) I hope that they can keep it together, get into the playoffs, make some noise, and then look forward to next year. McClouth & Kawakami coming off the books is a start. Get rid of Lowe, and trade one of either Hanson or Juirgens while they still have value and before they get to free agency. We have plenty of young starters to plug in and Hudson can be the veteran ace for one more year. Get Heyward some real help in the batting cage. He looks lost, stands too far from the plate, and try’s to pull everything. The Braves still need a stud corner right hand hitting corner outfielder. Tyler Pastornicky is going to surprise people at short next year. he may not be the starter, but he’s very close. The future looks bright as long as Frank Wren doesn’t pull anymore Lowe/Kawakami type deals. I think he learned his lesson.

hoho

September 10th, 2011
1:37 pm

I agree with Packer Ed here. If Lowe has another awful start today, move him to middle relief & keep both Delgado & Teheran in the rotation. It’s going to have to reach zero-tolerance for Derek Lowe pretty soon….

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