Unless the Braves are still playing for a division title Wednesday, Tim Hudson could be scratched from his scheduled start in that day’s regular-season finale at Pittsburgh. Kris Medlen is set to start the Oct. 5 Wild Card game, and if the Braves advance Hudson would start Game 1 of the Division Series on Oct. 7.
Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said Paul Maholm or Mike Minor would start Game 2.
Gonzalez said Hudson could get extra rest next week and rookies Julio Teheran and Randall Delgado could both pitch multiple innings in the finale against the Pirates.
“Maybe if we don’t have to use Huddy, then split it with the kids,” Gonzalez said. “Maybe you go with Teheran and Delgado, maybe throw [Ben] Sheets in there, give him a couple of innings.”
Sheets last pitched on Aug. 24, when he allowed nine hits and four runs in 4-1/3 innings at San Francisco. He went on the 15-day disabled list the next day and has been available (but unused) out of the bullpen since being activated Sept. 15.
Teheran and Delgado were brought up from Triple-A after the minor league season and added to the bullpen on the Braves’ expanded September roster, but neither has pitched this month.
Bourn misses fifth start since thumb injury
An MRI of Michael Bourn’s left thumb on Thursday showed no torn ligament, but the Braves decided to keep the center fielder out at least one more day Friday to fully heal from what was diagnosed as a sprain.
Bourn missed his fifth consecutive game since injuring the thumb while sliding head-first Saturday at Philadelphia.
“Give him one more day and hopefully get him in the series Saturday or Sunday,” Gonzalez said.