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.