With Jason Heyward likely coming off the disabled list on Friday, the Atlanta Braves are faced with the tough decision on who to jettison from the 25-man roster, and it looks like they'll go with the now unconventional six-man bullpen.
The plan would work better if Atlanta's starting pitchers go deep into games, lessening the bullpen burden as a whole.
"I think we're open to [going with a six-man bullpen]," Fredi Gonzalez said on braves.com. "Not too long ago that was a normal 'pen, with six men. Maybe we could go with it for the six games at home."
The Braves could utilize a six-man bullpen on an experimental basis with their six-game homestand starting Friday and sitting between two off days. That would allow them to avoid optioning Evan Gattis or trading Gerald Laird.
As things currently stand, David Carpenter would be the odd man out. Carpenter has only made three appearances in his two-week stint with the Braves.
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