Philadelphia – Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said the Braves plan to start Tim Hudson and Tommy Hanson in the first two games out of the All-Star break against the Mets. Ben Sheets could make his first start as a Brave that Sunday, July 15 against the Mets, unless he needs another start in the minors. Gonzalez said they will leave that up to Sheets, based on how he feels after his second outing Monday for Double-A Mississippi.
If Sheets does pitch against the Mets, then it will be Jair Jurrjens on Tuesday, July 17 against the Giants, followed by either Mike Minor or Randall Delgado on Wednesday, July 18.
If Sheets can’t go, the Braves plan to pitch either Minor or Delgado on Sunday against the Mets and the other one against the Giants on Wednesday. Either way, Jurrjens is scheduled to pitch that Tuesday against the Giants because the Braves want to split up the rookie starters Minor and Delgado, rather than having them pitch back-to-back like they have been.