Braves’ Notes: Randall Delgado to Start, Hanson hurt, Chipper hurt
The Atlanta Braves have been battling injuries all year. The bad news keeps piling up against them. They announced that ace Tommy Hanson will miss his start Friday due to tendinitis in his throwing shoulder. Hanson was enjoying a solid year. He was 8-4 with a 2.48 ERA with 89 Ks and 30 BB in 83.1 IP. He is coming off his best start of the year in which he pitched 7 innings gave up 3 hits, 1 run, 2 BB and struck out a career high 14.
The Braves already have rookie Brandon Beachy on the DL, though he should be activated some time next week.
The Braves will turn to rookie Randall Delgado on Friday against the potent Texas Rangers offense. Delgado is one of the Braves’ super prospects. He is 4-4 with a 3.54 ERA in 13 starts for the Mississippi Braves this year. He has 64 Ks in 73 2/3 IP.
Delgado has lived in the shadows of Julio Teheran. But, Delgado has the stuff and ability to be as good. He was ranked the 35th best prospect in the MLB this year by Baseball America.
Chipper Jones hurt - Chipper left the game on Thursday with a strained adductor, which is in the upper thigh near the groin. He has received a shot and doesn’t seem like he is headed to the DL. He is described as day-to-day.
McLouth and Beachy Update - Nate McLouth and Brandon Beachy both began a minor league rehab assignment tonight for the Gwinnett Braves. McLouth went 2-3 with a RBI and run scored. Beachy meanwhile, pitched 5 innings allowing 4 hits, 1 run, 2 walks, and striking out 8.
The plan seems to be to allow McLouth to play 3 games and activate him. Beachy will make one more start before joining the Braves. If Chipper Jones has to miss more time, McLouth may be recalled quicker. With Hanson looking questionable, the Braves will probably be grateful that Beachy is close to rejoining the team.