Teheran seeks treatment for thigh, will miss start
Jenkins to make first career start against Phillies on Wednesday
By Evan Webeck
PHILADELPHIA -- Julio Teheran made the trip to Philadelphia. But then he went right back to Atlanta to treat an infection in his right thigh with one doctor at home, rather than a multitude on the road.
"It's a great opportunity," Jenkins said. "The circumstances aren't the best, but hopefully, I can go out there and prove I can give those guys a future start."
The lanky 23-year-old righty has made four appearances out of the Braves' bullpen, but this will be his first time being stretched out in the bigs. In four relief appearances, Jenkins has posted a 5.79 ERA over 9 1/3 innings.
Manager Brian Snitker said while he doesn't have a hard pitch count for Jenkins, 75 is about where he will start to take it batter by batter.
"I've been stretched out a little bit to go out there and provide what we need tomorrow," Jenkins said. "The objective for me is to go out there tomorrow and go four, five strong, six."
"I'm not looking for you to go nine innings," Snitker told Jenkins. "Just go as hard as you can for as long as you can."
St. Louis drafted Jenkins out of high school 50th overall in the 2010 Draft. He spent four seasons in the Cardinals' system before he was dealt to the Braves with Shelby Miller for Jason Heyward and Jordan Walden.
The Braves got into Philadelphia around 3 a.m. ET Monday morning. By about 8, Teheran had already met with a team doctor and scheduled a flight back to Atlanta. He had been dealing with it since before the Fort Bragg Game on Sunday, but it persisted and Teheran seeked treatment.
The Braves believe Teheran will be able to make a start this weekend in Chicago.
Evan Webeck is a reporter for MLB.com based in Philadelphia. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.