• With Jonny Venters starting the season on the disabled list with a sore elbow, Cristhian Martinez and Anthony Varvaro will both begin the season in Atlanta's bullpen. If Venters had stayed healthy, the Braves might have had to part ways with either Martinez or Varvaro, who are both out of options.
Venters will visit Dr. James Andrews in Pensacola, Fla., on Monday. Early indications are that his left elbow is structurally sound. The Braves are hoping his discomfort is being caused by a bone spur or bone chip.
• Jones will throw out the ceremonial first pitch and country music star Rodney Atkins will sing the national anthem before Monday's Opening Day game against the Phillies. Fans are urged to arrive early and use MARTA if they have not pre-purchased a pass for any of the team-operated stadium parking lots.
Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.