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Atlanta Braves Skip Mike Minor’s Start, Brandon Beachy to Start Saturday

June 2nd, 2012 at 9:44 AM
By Cody Fields

With the Atlanta Braves having their first game of the series with the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park rained out Friday night, manager Fredi Gonzalez has mixed up the rotation by skipping Mike Minor's start.

Minor has compiled a 9.95 ERA in his last six starts, which should provide enough logic to skip his start. He will make his next start Thursday against the Miami Marlins.

Gonzalez also provided reasoning that with the club's off day on Thursday, all the starters were already getting an extra day of rest. He did not want them to wait an extra day to pitch.

"If you push everybody back, then [Tim Hudson] is going seven [days between starts]," Gonzalez said. "You don't want to do that."

The move means Brandon Beachy, instead of Minor, will face Stephen Strasburg this afternoon. Tommy Hanson will pitch against Gio Gonzalez Sunday.

Minor and Randall Delgado will be available over the weekend in the bullpen because the Braves are playing with three catchers due to David Ross' pulled groin. Ross, however, has improved and could be used as a pinch-hitter.

The game was called about 30 minutes before the originally schedule first pitch. Though the Nationals have not announced a makeup date, the likely choice would be when the Braves return in July or August.

Tags: Atlanta, Atlanta Braves, Brandon Beachy, Fredi Gonzalez, Mike Minor, MLB, Tommy Hanson, Washington Nationals

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