Originally posted on MyTeamRivals.com  |  Last updated 9/8/12
The Atlanta Braves started the season with a five man rotation that could be down to one original member once Ben Sheets comes off the disabled list. It would really be two since Tim Hudson was technically part of the rotation even though he missed the first week or two recovering from an injury. What interests me, is how the Braves had a reasonably strong rotation with Tommy Hanson, Jair Jurrjens, Mike Minor, Brandon Beachy and Hudson (Randall Delgado filling in until Hudson was ready). Due to injury (Beachy) and ineffective pitching (Jurrjens), the Braves had two spots to fill. Now that Sheets is ready to return, it is quite possible that the Braves may replace Minor’s rotation with Sheets, possibly shutting Minor down so he can rest for 2013. Though it has not been confirmed, it could be a possibility since Minor is 24 years old and the Braves have solid options to fill out their rotation. But Minor did throw a combined 160+ innings in his first full professional season in 2...
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