Gonzalez has no plans to alter starting rotation

Gonzalez has no plans to alter starting rotation

Gonzalez has no plans to alter starting rotation
ATLANTA -- After having a chance to digest the struggles Randall Delgado and Mike Minor endured in Boston this past weekend, Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez returned to Turner Field on Tuesday and revealed that he is not currently planning to make any changes to his starting rotation.

"The last thing you want is to create panic," Gonzalez said. "It's not like you're running [Jim] Palmer, [Mike] Cuellar and [Pat] Dobson out there. You're going to go through some growing pains. You've got to stay patient with these young pitchers and keep going."

While there is certainly a chance the Braves will attempt to land a starting pitcher before the Trade Deadline, it does not look like they plan to have Kris Medlen replace either Delgado or Minor in the rotation this week.

Medlen's value in the bullpen is enhanced by the uncertainty surrounding both Jonny Venters, who is still battling to find some consistency, and Eric O'Flaherty, who was dealing with some left elbow discomfort just two weeks ago.

"Meds is a team guy. I think he'll do whatever we ask him to do. If we need him to be the closer or to hit third, he'll do it," Gonzalez said. "He's got that mentality. We're still going to see what's best over the next couple of weeks for our team."

The Braves' starting pitchers entered Tuesday ranked 13th in the National League with a 4.21 ERA. Minor ranks last among the National League's qualified pitchers with a 6.14 ERA, and is tied with Philadelphia's Joe Blanton for the most homers allowed (18).

Still, while limiting opponents to a .200 batting average and .297 on-base percentage in his first three starts of the month, Minor gave the Braves some hope that he could prove to be an asset as the season progresses. The 24-year-old left-hander is still just 37 starts into his still-promising career.