LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Based on the Braves’ pitching plans for the first week of the spring-training schedule, Jair Jurrjens appears targeted for an Opening Day start April 5 against the Mets at New York.
The Braves haven’t named their Opening Day starter, but it was assumed entering spring that Jurrjens or Tommy Hanson would do the honors in place of Tim Hudson, who’s recovering from back surgery and will miss all or most of April.
That was before Hanson sustained a Grade 1 concussion in a car wreck while driving to the first workout of spring training. He wasn’t cleared to resume throwing for six days and didn’t get back on the mound until Wednesday.
Jurrjens will start Monday against Houston in the Braves’ third Grapefruit League game. If he pitches every five days, the 2011 All-Star would make six Grapefruit League starts and be in line for Opening Day.
Jurrjens would be on either four days or five days’ rest for Opening Day, depending whether the Braves push back the rotation on the team’s only off day this spring (March 26).
Hanson would be in line to start the second game of the regular season April 7, followed by Brandon Beachy in Game 3, Mike Minor in Game 4 (April 9 series opener at Houston) and Julio Teheran or Randall Delgado in Game 5.
That’s assuming Minor wins the fifth-starter job and either Teheran or Delgado is the replacement for Hudson.
Kris Medlen is scheduled to start Tuesday against Washington in the fourth game of the Grapefruit League season. Manager Fredi Gonzalez said Hanson might be ready to plug into that spot the second time through the rotation.
Medlen is penciled in for a bullpen role to begin the 2012 season, but the Braves plan to get him stretched out this spring just in case he’s needed as starter in the early season.
Hanson took the ImPact concussion test for the third time Thursday and could be cleared to throw batting practice as soon as Friday.