Teheran stands as candidate to replace injured Beachy
As Brandon Beachy strolled through the Braves clubhouse Saturday morning, it was confirmed that he is destined for the disabled list. But the Braves are going to wait at least one more day before announcing who they will promote from Triple-A Gwinnett to take his spot in the rotation.
Beachy tweaked his left oblique muscle while swinging and missing a Cole Hamels pitch in the second inning of Friday night’s loss to the Phillies. Once he was unable to complete his warmup pitches in the third inning, there was reason to wonder whether the Braves will promote Mike Minor, Julio Teheran or Rodrigo Lopez.
Lopez has gone 5-0 with a 1.79 ERA in seven starts for Gwinnett. But if the Braves were to promote him, they would have to start paying him a $1 million salary.
With Beachy’s next scheduled turn coming Wednesday, some might think it makes the most sense to recall Teheran, who would be pitching with just one extra day of rest. The 20-year-old phenom certainly had nothing to be ashamed of while making last weekend’s spot start in Philadelphia.
Beachy is probably going to be sidelined at least three weeks and possibly longer. But with the way the some offdays fall on the scheduled over the next week, the Braves might again be able to bring Teheran up to make Wednesday’s spot start and then send him back down.
After Wednesday, the Braves could go with a four-man rotation until May 31. At that time, they would be able to once again choose whether to promote Teheran or Minor.
Given that he has still thrown just 82 1/3 innings at the Double-A Minor League level or above, Teheran still needs time to develop. But if it’s just for a start or two, I could see the club allowing him to fill Beachy’s spot.
During his spot start in Milwaukee on April 6, Minor proved that he needed more time to develop and the Braves have probably hoped they could allow him stay in the Minors a little longer. While going 2-1 with a 1.86 ERA in six starts for Gwinnett he certainly seems to be moving in the right direction.
Minor’s regular turn to throw is Sunday. Thus by tomorrow morning, we’ll likely know whether he or Teheran will be filling Beachy’s spot.
Looking back on Friday night: Without surprise, many of the Braves returned to Turner Field Saturday still upset about some of the calls Minor League umpire David Rackley made behind the plate Friday night. He seemed to miss a 1-1 pitch to Ryan Howard in the first inning. Instead of being ahead with a 1-2 count, Beachy found behind and kicking himself after allowing the big first baseman to his a 2-1 fastball about 470 feet for a three-run homer.
Then of course they were still surprised Rackley didn’t ring Shane Victorino up on an 0-2, pitch in the seventh inning. Catcher Brian McCann and Eric O’Flaherty were walking toward the dugout before they knew a ball had been called. Two pitches later, Victorino produced a game-tying single.
To his credit, Rackley did allow McCann to release his frustrations by berating him after Victorino’s single.
At the end of the day, Beachy and O’Flaherty should have made better pitches and the Braves certainly needed to capitalize on the bases-loaded one-out situation that went unrewarded in the bottom of the seventh.
There’s also reason to point out that balls and strikes can be debated all day long throughout every season. Victorino certainly had a legit beef just five days earlier when he got rung up while facing Braves closer Craig Kimbrel in Philadelphia.
But with Rackley simply coming up to fill in, should he have been behind the plate during a series like this one? It just seems one of the other three veteran umpires present should have been the ones sitting behind the plate this weekend.
Throwback unis: As Major League Baseball celebrates Civil Rights Weekend in Atlanta, the Braves and Phillies will wear throwback uniforms during the final two games of this series. The Braves will wear the old Atlanta Black Crackers uniforms Saturday. Then in honor of Hank Aaron, both clubs will wear their 1974 uniforms for Sunday’s series finale.