Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez didn’t make any staunch commitments, but he did say that right-hander Julio Teheran will very likely start on Opening Day, David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports:
“Yeah, I think so,” Gonzalez said. “But I don’t even want to go there, because there’s so much stuff that could happen…. But you know what? He was our best pitcher last year, made the All-Star team last year, and everything being perfect – no injuries, no setbacks, no blisters that could develop; you’ve still got to go out and get five starts (this spring), so a lot of things could happen – but yeah, I think he’d be the most logical choice.”
Teheran, 24, was indeed the Braves’ best starter last season, finishing with a 2.89 ERA and a 186/51 K/BB ratio over 221 innings. He’s entering his third full season as a member of the Braves’ starting rotation, which has a bit of a new look.