Atlanta Braves Spring Training: Mike Minor To Pitch Opener, Tommy Hanson Back On Track

The Atlanta Braves have their first game of Spring Training right around the corner and manager Fredi Gonzalez informed the media that Mike Minor would be making the start on Saturday afternoon against the Tigers. This is the same Mike Minor who reportedly upset some members of the front office last week when he implied he'd demand a potential trade request should he not pitch in Atlanta this season.

It is unclear if Gonzalez is looking to send a message or not by giving Minor the start -- these games mean practically nothing, anyway -- but it is an interesting bit of news nonetheless. Should he pitch up to his potential in 2012, Minor could very well end up being the best starting pitcher on the team due to injuries.

As Gonzalez said in the tweet above, nothing else has been set for the Spring Training rotation.

We also got a bit of Tommy Hanson news:

My money is on Jair Jurrjens to make the Opening Day start due to he will be the longest tenured starter with the club, but that would probably make most fans uneasy heading into the regular season, especially with the way Jurrjens struggled down the stretch last year. This final decision will not be made for at least a few weeks.

Trending Discussions

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SB Nation Atlanta

You must be a member of SB Nation Atlanta to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Atlanta. You should read them.

Join SB Nation Atlanta

You must be a member of SB Nation Atlanta to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Atlanta. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.