#8 Brian McCann- Today marks the six-month mark since BMac underwent surgery on his right shoulder. It is also the original target date for the beginning of a rehab assignment. According to NBC Sports' RotoWorld website, McCann is to begin catching games in extended spring training on Wednesday or Thursday before beginning his rehab assignment as early as this coming weekend. A search of the AJC, as well as the Braves website, was fruitless- so for now all we can do is wait and enjoy Evan Gattis' success.
#9 Kris Medlen
Since Atlanta didn't play on Monday, they will be observing Jackie Robinson day Tuesday against the Royals. Kris Medlen, Tuesday's starter, has only appeared in two Jackie Robinson Day games during his brief career: once in 2010 and also in 2012- allowing 1 hit over 1.1 Innings.
While Meds is scheduled for today's game, Minor is scheduled to face the Royals' Wade Davis on Wednesday afternoon. In his first two starts of the season, Minor is 2-0 with an ERA of 0.69. The secret to his success on this young season is having an 11-1 SO/BB ratio in his thirteen innings, while allowing only 10 hits. Dating back to August 25th of last year, Mike has won seven straight decisions (along with 2 no-decisions). I still remember how upset fans were that the team didn't send him to Houston for Hunter Pence-or to New York for Carlos Beltran. Frank Wren is looking pretty smart right now.