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Pitching well may not keep Delgado in Majors

Pitching well may not keep Delgado in Majors

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PHOENIX -- Randall Delgado is scheduled to make his third start of the season on Sunday and Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez insists that he is keeping his options open with the young starter.

Injured starter Tim Hudson is scheduled to make his final rehab assignment start on Tuesday and is on track to pitch against the Pirates next Sunday or Monday. The Braves will have to make room for Hudson on the roster and barring any unforeseen circumstances, it is believed that Delgado will be the odd man out.

"If he goes out and throws a no-hitter and that's the decision we have to make to bring in Hudson, then that's the decision we have to make. If he gives up a 100 runs ..." Gonzalez said. "What I am saying is that tomorrow's outing is not going to make or break him. It really isn't it."

Delgado, who is 2-0 with a 4.35 ERA, has won his first two starts of the year and three of four dating back to last season.

"It's all boils down to his development," Gonzalez said. "Do you want him sitting in the bullpen for eight days and being the long guy or going down to the Minor Leagues and pitching every fifth day? Or he could stay up here. Between now and when Huddy comes back is less than 10 days."

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