ATLANTA -- Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez confirmed either Julio Teheran or Randall Delgado will start one of the games of the Sept. 8 doubleheader against the Mets at Citi Field.
When Gonzalez revealed last week that Teheran and Delgado would be among the Minor Leaguers promoted with the Major League roster expanded in September, he said both would likely remain with Triple-A Gwinnett until the season, including the playoffs, was complete.
But that was before Hurricane Irene postponed the final two games of last weekend's series against the Mets. The Sept. 8 doubleheader will serve as the makeup for both of these games.
While Gonzalez did not reveal which of the highly regarded pitching prospects would start one of those games against the Mets, he did reconfirm they will be among the separate groups promoted from Gwinnett this month.
Teheran learned Tuesday he was named the International League's Most Valuable Pitcher and the Rookie of the Year. The 20-year-old right-hander is 15-2 with a 2.22 ERA in 24 games (23 starts) this year.
With Gwinnett still in position to gain a playoff berth as the division winner or Wild Card entrant, the Braves are not expected to bring up more than a player or two when the rosters expand Thursday. Right-handed reliever Anthony Varvaro could be among the first added to the expanded roster.
The Braves signed veteran Wes Helms to a Minor League contract earlier this month with the hope he could serve as the right-handed pinch-hitter they have been seeking. Helms entered Tuesday with four hits in 31 at-bats for Gwinnett. There has not been confirmation that the veteran utility player will be among the earliest additions to the expanded roster.
Hanson's right shoulder injury not significant
ATLANTA -- Braves pitcher Tommy Hanson knows there is still a chance he will not be ready to pitch again this year. But while visiting with noted surgeon Dr. James Andrews at his Pensacola, Fla., office Thursday, Hanson was relieved to learn he is not dealing with a significant right shoulder injury.
Andrews informed Hanson that his right shoulder discomfort seems to simply be a product or normal wear and tear. This was essentially the same diagnosis Braves physician Dr. Xavier Duralde provided Friday after looking at the results of an MRI exam and revealing that Hanson has a small undersurface rotator cuff tear.
Duralde told Hanson that approximately 75 percent of the pitchers at the Major League level deal with this minor ailment. Dr. Andrews took it a step further by telling the 25-year-old pitcher that he has seen "way worse" cases.
"I'm a lot happier after seeing [Andrews] than I was over the weekend," said Hanson, while explaining the second opinion provided peace of mind.
Andrews cleared Hanson to begin stretching and lifting weights again immediately. The righty hopes he could begin playing catch again later this week. But since he has been sidelined since Aug. 6, he certainly will not be able to rush through a rehab process.
While the Braves remain optimistic Hanson could pitch again in a couple of weeks, they understand time is quickly expiring. The regular season concludes four weeks from Wednesday.
"I wish I was never in this position," Hanson said. "Yeah, I want to get back as soon as possible. But at the same time, I've got to kind of be smart. I don't want to have another setback."
Hanson admitted that he might have rushed his return when he was on the disabled list in June with what was diagnosed as right shoulder tendinitis. He was activated after missing just two weeks and when he returned he was still feeling some tightness in his shoulder.
"I think I just need to listen to my body," Hanson said. "I tried doing that before. It didn't work out the way I wish it would have."
Heyward starts against righty Hernandez
ATLANTA -- Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez has maintained over the last several weeks that he will continue to look at both matchups and the hot hand as he decides who to start in right field on a day-to-day basis.
On Tuesday against the Nationals, the decision proved fairly simple.
Gonzalez opted to insert Jason Heyward into Tuesday's lineup against Nationals right-hander Livan Hernandez. Heyward, who started in the eight-hole for just the second time this year, is 4-for-15 with two homers, a double and seven walks against Hernandez.
"I was looking over the numbers and the history with Livan and Heyward," Gonzalez said. "There's some pretty interesting numbers there that just kind of stood out. Let's see what happens."
Jose Constanza, meanwhile, will likely start Wednesday's game against left-hander John Lannan. The speedy outfielder is hitting .429 (12-for-28) off southpaws since his callup in late July.
"[I'll] give both those guys a chance and an opportunity to play," Gonzalez said.
Gonzalez is encouraged by the recent progress Heyward has shown at the plate. The right fielder went 3-for-4 with his first career grand slam a week ago against the Cubs and has begun to hit the ball the other way more consistently.
"I think Jason, you see some games where you see that swing improve and stuff like that," Gonzalez said. "You don't want to sit him out for three or four games in a row."
Braves starter Mike Minor is available out of the bullpen Tuesday and Wednesday, manager Fredi Gonzalez said Tuesday. The lefty will have 10 days off between starts, thanks to the Braves' postponed games in New York and their realigned rotation.
Righty reliever Peter Moylan, who is on rehab assignment with Triple-A Gwinnett, likely won't return to the Braves until Sept. 4-5, Gonzalez said. The reliever, who had back surgery on May 17, was scheduled to pitch Tuesday and Wednesday before receiving the following two days off. The last day of his rehab assignment is scheduled for Saturday.
Seven Braves prospects are heading to the Arizona Fall League to play for the Surprise Saguaros, it was announced Tuesday. Two Triple-A right-handers, Erick Cordier and J.J. Hoover, will make the trip along with catcher Christian Bethancourt, infielder Phil Gosselin and outfielder Todd Cunningham from high Class A. Double-A righty and Billy Bullock Class A left-hander Sean Gilmartin, Atlanta's first-round pick this season, round out the list.
Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. Chris Cox is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.