LOS ANGELES -- Fredi Gonzalez generally isn't one to speculate or play hypotheticals. But the Braves' manager knows how do-or-die games work, and should Atlanta's National League Division Series against Los Angeles reach a decisive fifth game, it will be all hands on deck.
"Everybody in Game 5 is available," Gonzalez said of his pitching staff. "We could even bring [Game 3 starter Julio] Teheran back for an inning or two, or whatever unfolds."
Teheran will be available, and so too will Game 2 starter Mike Minor, who would likely be the option if the Braves had to dip into their bullpen early.
Gonzalez remains adamant that Freddy Garcia will start Game 4, meaning he plans to use Kris Medlen in Game 5, even though Minor would be on regular rest. Medlen starting Game 4 on three days' rest appears out of the question.
"I don't think it would be a good decision to bring them back short on a day, our guys," Gonzalez said. "So that's one of the factors in the decision making process."
Mark Bowman and Quinn Roberts are reporters for MLB.com. AJ Cassavell is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.