Hanson named Opening Day starter
Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez announced Tommy Hanson will serve as his Opening Day starter and that Jair Jurrjens will start the April 13 home opener against the Brewers.
Hanson will be making his first Opening Day start when he faces the Mets at Citi Field on Thursday afternoon. The 25-year-old right-hander will make his final tuneup while facing the potent Tigers lineup at Champion Stadium this afternoon.
Jurrjens will make his season debut when the Braves play the Mets on April 7 in the second game of three-game set. Because there is a scheduled off day between the first and second games, he would be pitching with two extra days of rest. To compensate for this, he will likely throw a longer bullpen session on Monday or Tuesday.
Gonzalez also confirmed that he plans on sending Mike Minor to the mound for the April 8 series finale against the Mets. Brandon Beachy will make his season debut when the Braves open a three-game series against the Astros on April 9.
Randall Delgado and Julio Teheran are still battling for the fifth spot in the rotation. The Braves will only need to use the fifth spot in the rotation three times before Tim Hudson makes his scheduled return in late April.
Hanson could return on regular rest for the April 10 game in Houston or with an extra day of rest on April 11. The fifth starter will make his first start in one of these games.