Braves-Nats rained out; Minor's start skipped

Braves-Nats rained out; Minor's start skipped

Braves-Nats rained out; Minor's start skipped
WASHINGTON -- Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez shuffled his rotation after Friday night's game against the Nationals at Nationals Park was postponed because of torrential wind and rain.

The game was called approximately 30 minutes before the scheduled first pitch. The Nationals have not announced a makeup date. The game could be made up when the Braves return to Washington in July or August.

Because Thursday's scheduled off-day allowed each of the Braves' starters to gain at least one day of additional rest, Gonzalez did not react to this postponement by pushing each of them back another day.

Instead, he opted to skip Mike Minor, who had been scheduled to start Friday. This decision could also have been influenced by the fact that Minor has posted a 9.95 ERA in his past six starts. The 24-year-old left-hander's next start will come in Thursday's series finale against the Marlins in Miami.

Brandon Beachy and Tommy Hanson are scheduled to start the final two games of this weekend's series against the first-place Nationals. Beachy will oppose Stephen Strasburg in Saturday afternoon's game, and Hanson will go against Gio Gonzalez on Sunday afternoon.

Tim Hudson remains scheduled to start Tuesday's series opener against the Marlins. Randall Delgado will start Wednesday.

"If you push everybody back, then Huddy is going seven [days between starts]," Gonzalez said. "You don't want to do that."

Delgado and Minor will both be available this weekend to provide some bullpen depth. With backup catcher David Ross nursing a sore right groin muscle, the Braves have spent the past few days carrying three catchers and one fewer reliever in their bullpen.

While Ross is improving and could be used if necessary, the Braves plan to stick with this arrangement at least through the end of this weekend.

"Rossy really, really felt good today," Gonzalez said. "We can use him as a pinch-hitter if we need to. He did as much as he could do outside today."

Mark Bowman is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.