Maholm will make Braves debut on Saturday

Maholm will make Braves debut on Saturday

ATLANTA -- Manager Fredi Gonzalez said left-hander Paul Maholm, whom the Braves acquired from the Cubs in a trade late Monday night, is penciled in to make his first start for Atlanta on Saturday against the Astros.

Maholm made his final start for the Cubs on Sunday, putting him in line to start again Friday night. Gonzalez said in late summer it can be a good thing to give starting pitchers an extra day of rest when possible.

"This time of year when you can do that for your starters, an extra day here, an extra day there, benefits them," Gonzalez said.

Maholm is 9-6 with a 3.74 ERA this season. He has thrown 120 1/3 innings and struck out 81 against 34 walks.

Maholm will be followed in the Braves rotation by right-hander Kris Medlen, who is making his first start in two years Tuesday.