Fresh off a 6-1 victory over the Rockies, the Atlanta Braves have been a busy club in the news cycle on Tuesday afternoon. Let's take a look at some of the interesting developments out of Braves Country.
Brian McCann's shoulder is improving:
B-Mac is expected to return to the lineup on Wednesday as the Braves continue their series with Colorado. The 28-year-old catcher has been dealing with shoulder issues the last few months and his numbers have plummeted as a result. McCann received a cortisone injection into his right shoulder for the second time on Saturday and looks to be getting healthy once again.
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Jair Jurrjens will not be called up in September:
In a bit of news that really isn't surprising -- although it is a bit sad -- Jurrjens will not be returning to Atlanta this month. His season is likely done, as is his tenure with the franchise. JJ did not pitch well in his "rehab" starts in Triple-A and continues to see a lack of velocity on his fastball. Quite the turnaround for a guy who pitched in the All-Star Game 14 months ago.
As the Braves collapsed last September, a lot of it had to do with injuries to the starting rotation. At the time it meant 20-year-old Julio Teheran and 21-year-old Randall Delgado had to pitch crucial innings down the stretch. Unless a plague of injuries strikes the club again, neither Teheran or Delgado will be in the rotation. Instead, the club will use the two righties as long-relievers in the bullpen.
This may be the case for now, but I would not be surprised to see either pitcher make a start if Tommy Hanson's struggles continue. Ben Sheets would likely be the first candidate, but if his shoulder is bothering him then Delgado would likely be the man for a spot-start situation.