Found August 17, 2013 on MLB Injury News:
Although it might be joining a 6-man rotation, the Braves' Paul Maholm is closer to returning to the big league club. He threw a simulated game on Monday with no issues and next on the list is a minor league rehab assignment, which is scheduled to be will Class A Rome on Saturday. Maholm will throw 6 innings/90 pitches Saturday in single-A Rome in a rehab outing — David O'Brien (@ajcbraves) August 13, 2013 Maholm landed on the disabled list on July 21st with a bruised left wrist. Manager Fredi Gonzalez has mentioned that he is still thinking about how he will handle Maholm’s return as the Braves have a very steady and consistent 5-man rotation as it is, which includes a missing Tim Hudson, out for the year with a broken ankle.  This could be a way to give our young pitchers some extra rest down the stretch. “We could give somebody a rest and plug Pauly in there and do that if we have to,” Gonzalez said.  ”You could go six-man; I haven’t looked at the schedule.  Do you want to do that and disrupt that?  I don’t know, we’ll see.  But if everything goes well, you’re still talking nine days from now — five and then another four after [the rehab start].  You’re talking eight or nine days before you make that decision.” My best guess is once Maholm returns the Braves will go 6-man or occasionally skip a guy, then see how things stand after a couple weeks. Maholm has a 4.41 ERA and 82/36 K/BB ratio in 118 1/3 innings through 20 starts in 2013.  He started the season with three consecutive scoreless outings but in his last 17 starts sports a 5.33 ERA. He's 9-9. Follow JDC on Twitter @6JDC9! Follow @mlbinjurynews Looking for fantasy baseball advice?
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