Braves could go to Triple-A for Saturday starter

Braves could go to Triple-A for Saturday starter

HOUSTON -- Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez has not announced who will start the second game of Saturday's doubleheader in Philadelphia. But he has hinted that he's leaning toward piggybacking David Hale with a current member of Triple-A Gwinnett's pitching staff, likely Gus Schlosser.

Because of the doubleheader, the Braves will be permitted to promote a Minor League pitcher to serve as the 26th member of their roster for both ends of Saturday's doubleheader against the Phillies. Schlosser makes the most sense because he is already on the 40-man roster and he would be on regular rest on Saturday.

If Hale is not needed to work long relief before the end of Friday night's series opener against the Phillies, the Braves would have the option of having both him and Schlosser available to work three to four innings during Saturday's second game.

But if Hale is needed within the next few days, Schlosser would have the capability to handle the expected workload of a starting pitcher. Schlosser worked seven strong innings for Gwinnett on Friday. He threw 100-plus pitches in six consecutive starts from May 22-June 16.

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