Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez revealed his post All-Star break plan for the starting rotation while talking with reporters prior to Saturday's game. With Shelby Miller expected to pitch in Tuesday's All-Star game and with Williams Perez nearing a return from the disabled list, there is a number of moving parts to work out.
According to Gonzalez, Julio Teheran will start Friday's series opener against the Chicago Cubs and will be followed by Manny Banuelos and Miller on Saturday and Sunday.
Gonzalez plans to use Julio Teheran (Friday), Banuelos (Saturday) and Miller as his starting pitchers during next weekend's series against the Cubs. Matt Wisler will start the July 20 series opener against the Dodgers and Alex Wood will take the mound the following day.
The Braves want to give Wood a couple of extra days, given he will start the final game before the All-Star break.
Perez is expected to make at least a pair of rehab starts before being activated from the disabled list. The team hasn't said with certainty that he will return to the rotation, but there could be an opening shortly. Manny Banuelos has pitched well during his short stint in the majors, but is nearing the innings limit that the team has in place for him as part of his recovery from Tommy John surgery. Banuelos has thrown just under 95 innings between the Braves and Gwinnett this season and could be moved to the Atlanta bullpen for the final couple of months of the season according to MLB.com's Mark Bowman.
Another name to keep an eye on is Mike Foltynewicz who has been in Atlanta's starting rotation and is now pitching out of the bullpen. The plan is for Foltynewicz to continue to develop as a starting pitcher and he could be returned to Triple-A in that capacity at some point after the All-Star break.