Hicks and Young on Opening Day roster
The Braves announced their Opening Day roster Sunday afternoon and revealed that they will wait a few days before deciding whether to put Jair Jurrjens on the disabled list.
Along with announce Brandon Hicks and Matt Young will be on the OD roster, the Braves revealed right-handed reliever Scott Proctor was released and Joe Mather was placed on waivers.
Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez also said the club will wait a few more days before deciding whether Jair Jurrjens needs to begin the season on the disabled list. Jurrjens left Thursday’s start against the Blue Jays after just one inning because of discomfort in his right side.
Jurrjens will complete a bullpen session Monday and if that goes well, he’ll likely pitch in a Minor League game later this week.
Even if Jurrjens proves to be healthy, it appears Brandon Beachy will now fill the fourth spot in the rotation and pitch the April 4 game in Milwaukee. The Braves are hoping Jurrjens will be ready to pitch April 6, which is when Beachy was originally slated to pitch.
If Jurrjens is placed on the disabled list, he wouldn’t be able to pitch until April 9. Because he’s already on the 40-man roster, Mike Minor would likely be recalled to make any starts that Jurrjens is unable to make.
Young and Hicks were informed before Sunday morning’s batting practice that they will be with the big league club for Thursday afternoon’s season opener in Washington D.C. This is the first time that either has been included on an Opening Day roster.
“I can’t keep the smile off my face,” Young said. “There aren’t enough words.”
Like the 5-foot-6 (my blog, my estimates apply) Young, Hicks didn’t come to camp as a favorite to win an Opening Day roster spot. But the slick-fielding shortstop showed great improvement at the plate and led the Braves to give him one of their final bench spots.
“I knew that spot was open and I was working hard this offseason to make that spot,” said Hicks, who spent a portion of the the offseason hitting with Brian McCann and Mark DeRosa in Atlanta.
Infielders (6): Brooks Conrad, Brandon Hicks, Freddie Freeman, Alex Gonzalez, Chipper Jones, , Dan Uggla
Outfielders (5): Jason Heyward, Eric Hinske, Nate McLouth, Martin Prado, Matt Young
Catchers (2): Brian McCann, David Ross
Pitchers (12): Derek Lowe, Tim Hudson, Tommy Hanson, Brandon Beachy, Jair Jurrjens, Craig Kimbrel, Jonny Venters, Peter Moylan, Eric O’Flaherty, George Sherrill, Scott Linebrink, Cristhian Martinez.
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