The Atlanta Braves have done a great job at not tipping their hand as to what they'll do with the starting rotation once Brandon Beachy returns from Tommy John surgery, which is scheduled to happen Tuesday.
They've done so well at keeping anything under wraps, in fact, that Mark Bowman compared general manager Frank Wren to New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick for his severely understated answers.
"Whatever we do will be what is best for the team," Wren said on braves.com.
Beachy is scheduled to make his final minor league rehab tonight with Triple-A Gwinnett, and if everything goes according to plan, he'll start for the big league Braves on Tuesday against the New York Mets.
The problem – which isn't really much of a problem – is that the none of the Braves' starting pitchers are pitching particularly poorly. Kris Medlen and Mike Minor have solidified their spots, so they won't be sent down. Julio Teheran has shown loads of maturation, and sending him down or putting him in the bullpen just wouldn't make sense. Tim Hudson could be traded, but he's too much of a leader on the team.
Technically, that could mean the Braves will attempt to deal Paul Maholm, who is the shortest-tenured Braves starting pitcher, having just joined the team before the trade deadline last season.
Beachy was forced to have Tommy John surgery last June, when he was leading the National League with a 2.00 ERA.
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