Teheran ready to face White Sox, go to ASG

Teheran ready to face White Sox, go to ASG

CHICAGO -- On Thursday, two days after learning he'd been selected to this year's National League All-Star team, Julio Teheran rejoined his Braves teammates at Wrigley Field and showed no ill effects of the infection in his right thigh that had forced him to return to Atlanta earlier this week.

After completing a pain-free side session, Teheran was confident that he will make Saturday's start against the White Sox and then possibly be available to pitch in Tuesday's All-Star Game at Petco Park in San Diego.

"Hopefully, if I pitch Saturday, I'll be ready for the All-Star Game," Teheran said. "The team and I are going to decide. It depends on how many pitches I throw on Saturday. But the most important thing is to pitch for the Braves, and then we'll see if I can pitch on Tuesday."

Manager Brian Snitker will wait until Friday to make a final decision regarding Teheran's status for Saturday, but he indicated that he likely saw all that he needed to see when Teheran returned to the dugout smiling after Thursday's side session.

"It's really good to see him back," Snitker said. "I couldn't wait to congratulate him [on the All-Star selection] in person. Then to see him running around and throwing the ball around, I think it was good for him, too. So hopefully, everything will stay on track for him to pitch on Saturday."

Teheran's initial response to earning his second All-Star selection was tempered by the fact that he learned of it at home recovering from treatment for the infection, which became uncomfortable during Sunday's off-field activities prior to the Fort Bragg Game.

By the time the Braves arrived in Philadelphia during the wee hours of Monday morning, Teheran felt the discomfort in a significant portion of his thigh, causing him to walk with a noticeable limp. He was sent to Atlanta a few hours later to undergo treatment, which included various antibiotic injections.

"I've never gotten that many shots in my life," he said. "I don't know how I got [the infection], but I'm glad we got it before it got worse."

Teheran received some topical treatment for an infected ingrown hair last week and felt some discomfort as he allowed a season-high 11 hits and five runs over 6 2/3 innings against the Marlins on Friday. But he now appears positioned to enjoy all of the All-Star festivities.

Because Teheran would be starting on Saturday, he would be eligible to pitch in Tuesday's Midsummer Classic. But his availability will be influenced by how he feels after exiting the start against the White Sox.

"I'm happy to be back [as an All-Star]," Teheran said. "Last year I couldn't make it because I was struggling, but I'm glad to be back at that game. Whenever you make it the first time, you just want to keep being an All-Star."

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Mark Bowman has covered the Braves for MLB.com since 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.