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The Braves aren’t adding another starting pitcher

Mar 15, 2014, 10:42 AM EDT

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The Braves bolstered their suddenly shaky rotation earlier this week when they signed right-hander Ervin Santana to a one-year, $14.1 million contract, but general manager Frank Wren told FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal this morning via phone that he isn’t planning to add another starter even with Kris Medlen and Brandon Beachy potentially headed for another Tommy John surgery.

“Right now, we plan on going with what we have,” Wren said. “We like what we have.”

Which means the Braves appear content relying on Julio Teheran, Freddy Garcia, Alex Wood, and David Hale to hold down the fort for now. The hope is that Santana will be game-ready by the time the Braves need a fifth starter for the first time. Mike Minor, who had a urinary tract procedure in late December and dealt with shoulder soreness upon reporting to camp, could be ready to join the rotation by mid-April.

There should be more help on the way soon. Gavin Floyd, who signed a one-year, $4 million deal with the Braves over the winter, is currently working his way back from Tommy John surgery and flexor tendon surgery. Wren said he has been “extremely impressive” during his rehab and could join the rotation in mid-May.

  1. spudchukar - Mar 15, 2014 at 10:50 AM

    Frank Wren was most likely misquoted. What he actually said was “We like what we had.”

  2. dirtyharry1971 - Mar 15, 2014 at 11:31 AM

    the bluejays are not adding another one either, they are gonna stick with their NL rotation and bring up kids who clearly are not ready and probably never will be. Can you say train wreck>? You bet you can!

    • spudchukar - Mar 15, 2014 at 11:35 AM

      Yep, the Jays will be challenged, by everybody in the AL but the last place Yanks.

      • Old Gator - Mar 15, 2014 at 12:29 PM

        Can you say relentlessly boring and predictable imbecile troll? Yeah, you can say that too.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Mar 15, 2014 at 12:50 PM

        I will remember that prediction spunkchewer at the end of the season

      • spudchukar - Mar 15, 2014 at 2:24 PM

        No you won’t, you will disappear as the Yanks sink. It isn’t in your nature to admit you were wrong.

      • Old Gator - Mar 15, 2014 at 3:07 PM

        It isn’t in his nature to disappear, either. He’s the shunned runt in the back of the class that everyone would ignore if he didn’t waive his hand around yelling, “Me, me, pick me teach,” even when he has nothing relevant to add to the discussion.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Mar 15, 2014 at 3:27 PM

        disappear? I never do that and if I did it certainly wouldn’t be because of your reason that’s never going to happen this year. I got a fan club that “needs” me here, I have to make appearances you know

  3. President Charles Logan - Mar 15, 2014 at 4:05 PM

    Gavin Floyd ……lol

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