Before Saturday’s game against the Boston Red Sox, Braves’ manager, Fredi Gonzalez made the official announcement that Julio Teheran will be the Braves’ Opening Day starter according to Mark Bowman of MLB.com. The Braves open the season on March 31st against the Brewers in Milwaukee.
This will be the 23-year old right-hander’s first Opening Day start. Granted the Braves rotation is depleted because of season ending injuries to Kris Medlen and Brandon Beachy, both of whom will be undergoing Tommy John surgery. The Braves are going to utilize a four-man rotation until, the recently signed, Ervin Santana is ready to join the rotation in about a week. Gonzalez declined to say who the other three pitchers in the rotation will be. That announcement will come within a day or so.