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• Eric O'Flaherty started Wednesday's game against the Nationals because pitching coach Roger McDowell did not want the left-handed reliever sitting in the brisk air before making his one-inning appearance. O'Flaherty has not allowed a run in the seven innings he has completed since missing the first two weeks of the spring season because of a left groin strain.

• The only remaining question involving the Braves' Opening Day roster involves who will fill the final spot in the bullpen. With Venters destined for the disabled list, Cristhian Martinez and Anthony Varvaro could both begin the season in Atlanta's bullpen. Both are out of options. Gonzalez said a decision may not come before Saturday.

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Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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