"I wanted to make sure he told him that he did good and that he was impressive and that we liked the way he handled himself," Gonzalez said. "We told him that last night. But we wanted to make sure they told him again."
Making his debut in front of a raucous sold-out crowd and against an experienced Phillies lineup Saturday night at Citizens Bank Park, Teheran didn't seem to be intimidated. The 20-year-old right-hander allowed three runs over 4 2/3 innings and impressed Gonzalez with things like the way he held runners.
Regardless of how he fared, Teheran knew he would immediately return to the Minors after the spot start. After optioning him back to Gwinnett Sunday, the Braves recalled utility man Diory Hernandez, who will provide the club a backup shortstop. Brandon Hicks had filled this role before he was optioned to make room for Teheran on Saturday.
While Teheran made a good first impression, he also provided the reminder that he needs a little more Minor League seasoning. He entered Saturday having thrown just 70 innings at the Double-A level or above.
"If he goes down and continues to dominate the way he's been dominating, then I think we'll see him maybe sooner than later," Gonzalez said. "I believe pitchers need to get their work in and experience before you rush them up."