Vivlamore reporting from Turner Field.
The Braves optioned right-hander Randall Delgado to Triple-A Gwinnett following Saturday’s game against the Mets. The move clears a spot for Ben Sheets, who will start Sunday’s series finale.
Delgado will pitch Monday for the G-Braves at Indianapolis. He will return to the Braves to pitch one of the double-header games against the Nationals Saturday. A new rule allows teams to add a 26th player to the roster for double-headers.
The move means left-hander Mike Minor will keep his spot in the rotation and will likely pitch Wednesday against the Giants. The Braves had to choose between Minor and Delgado to make room for Sheets as both youngsters have struggled this season.
“It was a tough decision between him and Minor,” Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. “The last couple starts with Minor we felt there was some progress being made.”
Delgado is 4-9 with a 4.52 ERA in 16 starts this season. In 85-2/3 innings, he has allowed 83 hits and 46 runs (43 earned), eight home runs and 41 walks. He has struck out 69.
Minor, the Braves only lefty starter, is 5-6 with a 5.97 ERA in 16 starts. In 92 innings, he has allowed 91 hits, 67 runs (61 earned), 19 home runs and 40 walks. He has struck out 78.
The Braves also placed infielder Jack Wilson on the 15-day disabled list with a dislocated middle joint on his right small finger. The moves opens a roster spot for Paul Janish, acquired from the Reds Saturday. He will join the team Sunday.
- Chris Vivlamore