To make room for Sunday starter Ben Sheets, Atlanta optioned Randall Delgado to Triple-A Gwinnett. Manager Fredi Gonzalez said that the plan is to have Delgado start on Monday for the G-Braves against the Indianapolis Indians, then call him back up and use him in one game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Nationals in Washington. A new rule instituted this year allows teams to call up an extra player for a doubleheader. Delgado will be that player.
With Jack Wilson going on the disabled list, his spot on the roster will be taken by shortstop Paul Janish, acquired earlier in the day in a trade that sent Minor League pitcher Todd Redmond to the Reds.
Sheets is 4-2 with a 4.56 ERA lifetime against the Mets but hasn't faced them since Sept. 1, 2008, when he was a member of the Brewers. He took a no-decision in the 4-2 loss but pitched well, throwing five shutout innings and allowing only two hits. Current Mets Daniel Murphy and David Wright went a combined 0-for-4 against him. Coincidentally, the pitcher for the Mets that day was Johan Santana, who also starts on Sunday.
Rookie Luis Avilan made his Major League debut in the top of the sixth inning on Saturday. He pitched a third of an inning but recorded a big out, striking out Ike Davis with runners on first and second, ending the Mets' three-run rally and keeping the Braves down by only one run.