Just a cramp for Heyward; Teheran undone (again) by 1 inn.

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Braves fans concerned after Jason Heyward left Sunday’s game in the fourth inning can breathe a little easier. It was apparently just cramping in his upper left leg.

Manager Fredi Gonzalez replaced Heyward immediately and said he wouldn’t be in the lineup Monday when the Braves play their final Grapefruit League game against the New York Mets.

“Why take a chance this late in spring training with any of that kind of stuff?” said Gonzalez, who replaced Heyward in the bottom of the fourth inning of a 7-7 tie against Philadelphia, as soon as the right fielder said his leg cramped when he chased a ball in the outfield. “He’s made so much progress and you don’t want a setback now.”

Heyward singled off Philadelphia left-hander Cliff Lee in the second inning, and he’s 6-for-16 with two homers and a double in his past six games.

Teheran: One bad inning

It’s usually been one bad inning that’s plagued the spring performances of fifth-starter candidates Randall Delgado and Julio Teheran, and Sunday was no exception.

Teheran sailed through three one-hit innings but didn’t make it out of a six-run fourth. The Braves’ No. 1 prospect was charged with three hits, five runs (four earned) and two walks, and all but one of the baserunners came in the fourth.

“That’s the sign of a young pitcher,” Gonzalez said of struggling to prevent an inning from spiraling.

After Placido Polanco led off with an infield single, Teheran walked Jimmy Rollins and Jim Thome.

“I thought the 3-2 pitch to Thome might have been strike three,” Gonzalez said, “but he’s got to forget that and try to get the next guy out.”

Hunter Pence’s fielder’s choice grounder drove in one run and Shane Victorino doubled in another. Teheran was replaced after another fielder’s choice and fielding error by catcher Brian McCann.

Gonzalez said the Braves could name the fifth starter Monday. They expect to need a fifth for only three or four starts before Tim Hudson comes off the disabled list in late April or the first week of May.

Teheran finished the spring with an 0-1 record and 9.37 ERA in five games (three starts). He allowed 22 hits and 17 earned runs in 16-1/3 innings, with eight walks and 10 strikeouts.

Delgado went 1-4 with a 7.89 ERA in six games (five starts).

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stuart

April 1st, 2012
6:32 pm

Too bad the game is nine innings long.

Ralph

April 1st, 2012
7:13 pm

I still have doubts but I feel much better about this team than I did two weeks ago.

Ralph

April 1st, 2012
7:13 pm

I still have doubts but I feel much better about this team than I did two weeks ago.

reckingball

April 1st, 2012
7:24 pm

What do people expect, the Braves were playing the World Champions today,……uh, wait a minute,, nevermind.

count_schemula

April 1st, 2012
7:24 pm

Who gets sent down? Delgado or Teheran?

Runner-

April 1st, 2012
7:34 pm

Any chance Medlen can start?

Coach (2012 Fredi's beisbol fandango)

April 1st, 2012
7:37 pm

Neither Teheran or Delgado has learned how to make adjustments the second time through the batting order. Growing pains will abound and Atlanta will have to be patient.

Bob the Blogger

April 1st, 2012
8:05 pm

Medlen seems like a much better option for the 5th starter at this point. Teheran or Delgado could be called up later after they get sharper, which I think they will. The games in April count as much in the final standings as the ones in September.

Joe

April 1st, 2012
8:10 pm

Thank God they’ve finally stopped making excuses. Oh wait…

Steve

April 1st, 2012
8:10 pm

Medlen is THE much better option, but against all philosophies of baseball the Braves brass seem to have already decided to use him in the bullpen where he will have minimal impact.

And don’t give me this’rest the big three’ nonsense. Freddi will still burn them out .. and Medlen as well. We wouldn’t have to use our bullpen so much if Lowe, Minor, and JJ could have gone more then 5 innings most of the year in 2011. Even Beachy rarely went more than six. So, we decide to start off this year witha fifth starter that likely won’t be going more than five innings either. Lovely.

jch

April 1st, 2012
8:10 pm

As much as I’d like to see him starting, the Braves have been pretty clear Medlen’s headed for the pen. Too bad…

Joe

April 1st, 2012
8:13 pm

Just shoot him. He’s more beneficial to the Bravos dead than he is actually pitchin’

Cali Brave fan

April 1st, 2012
8:34 pm

Dave any info on Francisco could he be the answer for next season.

JNick

April 1st, 2012
8:47 pm

Yet again, Teheran can’t make it past the 2nd time through the lineup…just like Delgado. When will thick-skulled Fredi realize that Medlen should be the one starting…at least he can make it 6 innings without imploding, unlike our two “prized” (overrated) youngsters.

phil

April 1st, 2012
9:10 pm

Lol at Wayward once again starting to fall apart physically…

The guy is a bust. I guess it will take a few more yrs for it to be fully obvious.

phil

April 1st, 2012
9:11 pm

Thick-skulled Fredi….

Lol!!

Ralph

April 1st, 2012
9:19 pm

Steve
April 1st, 2012
8:10 pm

You know as well as I do that the reason Fruti always burns the bullpen out is because the starters seldom get enough run support to stay in the game longer and until we get better offense that will continue to happen.

Puma

April 1st, 2012
9:21 pm

That time of the month for Heyward…

Ralph

April 1st, 2012
9:23 pm

We need Chipper to give J-Hey some more advice about playing hurt, did I say Chipper!

panamajack

April 1st, 2012
9:27 pm

I had a cramp in my leg yesterday while out walking, just kept on walking and before I knew it, it was gone. Should have called an ambulance I guess and went to the hospital.

Billy

April 1st, 2012
10:06 pm

I’m not worried about J-Hey anymore…he’ll be just fine.
Glad we got the kid to back up Chipper.

AngryRedMarsWoman

April 1st, 2012
10:09 pm

I was gonna say to give him a Motrin, but then I saw the cramp was in his leg and not his ovaries…..gosh, I hope he is okay…..snark

Who Me?

April 1st, 2012
10:18 pm

Let Medlen start, Teheran can do long relief….

reckingball

April 1st, 2012
10:22 pm

Why should Haywood stay in a ST game, if he is cramping up?

BravesfaninWis

April 1st, 2012
10:23 pm

Now that the Braves signed Livan, start Medlen… The young guys have struggled big time this spring, why put either one out there and take a chance of destroying their confidence? Let them go back down to the minors and work on things before they come back up and ruin the Braves chances. If either one of those guys are starting instead of Medlen, it will prove that Fredi Gonzales is a moron.

BamaMan

April 1st, 2012
10:49 pm

Get him some Midol

cwag

April 1st, 2012
10:55 pm

This cat (Heyward) is a bust!…look at him! He’s not conditioning himself at all! I hope the Braves don’t put BIG dollars on this cat! He STAYS HURT! He’s not doing ANYTHING ANYWAY!!!…not EVEN clutch…

jim

April 1st, 2012
11:45 pm

Steve,
Medlen will NOT have minimum impact in the bullpen. He will be getting some of the 7th and 8th and occasionally 9th or extra innings to save some innings for the big 3. He will NOT be pitching long relief — that will be Livan and Martinez. Medlen will give the Braves some much needed depth that it lacked last year when Venters, EOF, and Kimbrel were overused.
Only Hudson and JJ would be likely to go more han 6 innings/start and both are coming off injuries and may not give those innings this year. In most every game the Braves need someone to pitch the last 3 innings, and having 4 people instead of three is a must.

braves hawk

April 2nd, 2012
12:06 am

Anybody and everybody that is athletic gets cramps. You J-Hey is a bust are pure dumb. Give the man another year then judge. Give the man some gatorade and potassium pills with h20. I have seen football and tennis players get major cramps and had to quit because of it. If you ever had a severe cramp, you will know how the pain feels.

farmer

April 2nd, 2012
12:19 am

Livan Hernandez will be the 5th starter.. why else would they have signed him? Tehrean and Delgado are jsut kids right now, they have unlimited potential and will figure it out.. Kris Medlen deserves to be in the rotation but he won’t.
another lost season for Braves fans like me.. by the way, FIRE FREDI!

CC

April 2nd, 2012
12:22 am

“Why should Haywood stay in a ST game, if he is cramping up?”

No ——— the question is: Why is he cramping?

Soft… What a marshmallow. I’ll be glad when the dude follows Francoeur — out the door.

CC

April 2nd, 2012
12:24 am

There’s a saying: When the goin’ gets tough, the tough get goin’.

In this case — When the goin’ gets tough, wince and sit down….. you get paid anyway.

the truth...

April 2nd, 2012
12:47 am

Most of you negative blog turds are the ones that need to get out of here…….go ahead crawl back behind your Moma’s skirts and shut up……..

that’s you CC…cwag….and the rest of you ignorant nincompoops……………

UGAKev

April 2nd, 2012
1:43 am

Yeah menstral cramps

Dirty Dawg

April 2nd, 2012
4:12 am

Hey farmer…go hoe a row…we don’t need or appreciate your negative crap…and on April First for God’s sake.

P B Orr

April 2nd, 2012
4:32 am

Man I get tired of hearing Gronzo make pat excuses.

Bill M.

April 2nd, 2012
6:24 am

We need to chill out about Delgado & Teheran. Does anyone remember how Glavine, Smoltz & Maddux started? They will be fine, great experience for them. I think one reason they don’t use Medlen as a starter, it is known what he can do. During this season or off season, we will probably see a big trade involving Medlen & Prado. The Braves of next season will be alot different than the one we see now. I don’t think they will resign Bourn. If they can stay healthy, the Braves will be o.k. this season.

oh joy

April 2nd, 2012
8:03 am

Looks like the same bs this year. How many times will we hear, “my toe hurts, my hamstring, my back, or my pinky finger” from Heyward. He’s useless, he’s done nothing but collect splinters and a paycheck. Let’s cut him and get someone who wants to play. While we’re at it, let’s cut the bum that has bs injuries at third base too.

Pansies today

April 2nd, 2012
8:08 am

We don’t have ball players anymore. These guys wouldn’t last three innings against the guys from the “Golden Age.” Those were real players. They played sick, hurt, drunk, and without sleep. They did it at 1% of the pay these bums get today. The women who played in the 40’s played more than these pansies do.

old scout

April 2nd, 2012
8:37 am

Who is this “Haywood” guy some of you are talking about. Is this a new player the Braves picked up?

David O'Brien

April 2nd, 2012
8:49 am

Did an interview with guys at Atlanta Baseball Talk podcast, overview of spring training and preview of season sort of thing. Starts at about 2:30 mark on here:

http://www.atlantabaseballtalk.com/show-177-braves-spring-training-wrap-up-with-david-obrien/

jonathan Simeone

April 2nd, 2012
10:03 am

They really need another arm for the pen. Flande’s not a major league pitcher. His stuff is average at best and he has control problems. Not what you want in a guy coming out of the pen. Love the Francisco move though.

Don

April 2nd, 2012
10:22 am

What is the basis for thinking that Heyward is going to have a good year – or even close to an acceptable offensive year for a major league corner outfielder — After pitchers adjusted to him last season, he showed no signs of being able to make his necessary adjustments.

Guest

April 2nd, 2012
10:26 am

These lame excuses from Fredi…”It’s spring training”, “It’s early yet”, “He’ll come around”, “It’s rookie jitters”, etc., etc., etc. will be his same excuses during the regular season.

Fastball

April 2nd, 2012
10:36 am

Concerned about Mac’s defense. Maybe move him to Left Field. I feel the Braves needed to let Chipper assume the role of Player/Manager, the sooner the better.

Oh Joy

April 2nd, 2012
11:05 am

The only thing Chipper can teach kids is how to milk a lame injury and make millions.

Oh Joy

April 2nd, 2012
11:06 am

He could also teach them how to pick up a Hooters waitress.

phil

April 2nd, 2012
6:21 pm

Oh joy = doof

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