ATLANTA -- The Braves know they will be spending the next few weeks without Brandon Beachy, who strained his left oblique muscle Friday night. But they have not announced who will fill his spot in the rotation.
Julio Teheran, Mike Minor and Rodrigo Lopez stand as the candidates who could be promoted from Triple-A Gwinnett. Because Lopez would earn a $1 million salary when he reaches the Major League level this year, Teheran and Minor seemingly stand as the more likely candidates.
While Minor might be a little further along in his development, Teheran could get the call as a result of how the schedule falls. If he took Beachy's next turn in the rotation on Wednesday, the 20-year-old phenom would be pitching with just one extra day of rest.
Minor, who has gone 2-1 with a 1.86 ERA in six starts for Gwinnett, is scheduled to start Sunday. If he is scratched from that start, it would serve as a pretty clear indication that he will be the one serving as Beachy's replacement.
The Braves felt comfortable allowing Teheran to make his Major League debut with a spot start in Philadelphia last weekend. Given the fact that Beachy's turn in the rotation will come up just two more times this month, they might once again call him up for a brief Major League stint.
Because of scheduled off-days, Beachy's turn in the rotation wouldn't come again until May 31. Thus, if Teheran or Minor were to start Wednesday, either of them could be sent back to Gwinnett immediately. This would allow the Braves a chance to carry an extra reliever for nearly two full weeks.
The Braves will put Beachy on the disabled list Sunday, when they promote veteran reliever Scott Proctor from Gwinnett. Proctor has posted a 1.06 ERA and limited opponents to a .164 batting average in 14 appearances this year.