PHILADELPHIA -- After Sunday's series finale against the Phillies, Brian McCann, Jonny Venters, Craig Kimbrel and Jair Jurrjens were scheduled to take a commercial flight to Phoenix to prepare for Tuesday's All-Star Game.
While it will be McCann's sixth Midsummer Classic, Venters and Jurrjens will experience the festivities for the first time. They were scheduled to take a private jet to Phoenix before Chipper Jones was forced to pull out after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Saturday.
"I'm just excited about hanging out in the guys," Venters said. "It's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity."
Jurrjens remembers watching the All-Star Game while he was growing up in Curacao and taking an even greater interest in the game once his island's favorite son, Andruw Jones, began representing the Braves at Midsummer Classics.
During Monday's news conference, NL manager Bruce Bochy will announce his starting pitcher for Tuesday's game. Jurrjens and the Phillies' duo of Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee remain the top candidates.
"You can't go wrong with those two guys," Jurrjens said, adding he is looking forward to the opportunity to pitch in the game at some point.
Kimbrel replaced Giants starter Matt Cain, who pitched Sunday night against the Mets. Once he started that game, Cain was ineligible to pitch Tuesday night.
Braves' rotation depends on All-Star Game
PHILADELPHIA -- Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez will determine the exact order of his rotation after seeing how much Jair Jurrjens pitches during Tuesday night's All-Star Game. But he knows Tim Hudson will definitely get the start when the team returns from this week's break to host the Nationals on Friday.
Jurrjens is tentatively slated to pitch Saturday. But if he is named the National League's starting pitcher for Tuesday's game and pitches two innings, he would likely be pushed back to Sunday, and Tommy Hanson would be pushed up a day.
Derek Lowe is scheduled to start the July 18 games against the Rockies and Brandon Beachy would start the following day.
All's well for Prado at rehab assignment
PHILADELPHIA -- Martin Prado has not experienced any setbacks while spending the past few days on a Minor League rehab assignment with Triple-A Gwinnett. But while playing against Charlotte on Saturday night, Prado was called out for not touching first base on his way to second for a double.
"That's why you need to send them on rehab assignments," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez playfully said Sunday morning.
With Chipper Jones sidelined for at least two weeks while recovering from arthroscopic surgery to repair torn meniscus in his right knee, Prado will serve as the Braves' third baseman when he returns for Friday night's game against the Nationals. He has been sidelined since June 9 with a staph infection.
Prado has proven to be a very reliable third baseman in the past, and he has spent this weekend getting familiar with the position again.
Prado was scheduled to play again Sunday with Gwinnett, which will begin its All-Star break Tuesday. Gonzalez said there is a chance this will conclude Prado's rehab assignment. At the same time, there is a chance he'll play for Double-A Mississippi in Mobile, Ala., on Monday night.
Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.