ATLANTA -- Left-hander Mike Minor walked off the mound in the seventh inning Saturday night to a rousing ovation from the 48,310 fans at Turner Field. He hadn't allowed the Mets to score in 6 1/3 innings and was in line for the victory if the Braves' bullpen could hold a 2-0 lead.
Four relievers did just that, and Minor's last start of the regular season ended as a success. Now, his attention has turned to whether he will get a chance to pitch in October.
"I'm pretty excited to see what happens in the near future," Minor said.
Whether Minor gets another start this year is now up to his teammates. After a disappointing first half, Minor has been one of the Braves' best starters since the All-Star break and is in line for a start in the National League Division Series, should the Braves advance that far. Manager Fredi Gonzalez said if the Braves play in and win the NL Wild Card game, he would pick between Minor and fellow left-hander Paul Maholm to be the Game 2 starter in the NLDS.
That game wouldn't be until Oct. 8, meaning Minor would have more than a week in between starts. He said he isn't worried about staying sharp.
"Maybe a longer bullpen, maybe a simulated game," Minor said. "There's a number of things we can do. It all depends on what happens [this week]."
Gonzalez said he's confident Minor won't have any problems with a longer layover between starts.
"I don't think he's going to forget how to pitch," Gonzalez said. "We'll get him a good side [session], get him a good lather going and then get him set up."
Bourn returns to lineup after missing past week
ATLANTA -- Center fielder Michael Bourn was a late addition to the Braves' lineup Sunday afternoon. When the lineup was first posted, Bourn was not listed. But about 80 minutes before the first pitch, the Braves announced Bourn would start, replacing Jose Constanza.
Bourn has not played since Sept. 22, when he sprained his left thumb diving into second base on a double. He had been listed as day to day for the last week, but with the playoffs starting in less than a week, the Braves were being cautious.
Bourn was hitting .274 with a .346 on-base percentage entering Sunday. He led the National League with 39 stolen bases.
Gonzalez said left-hander Eric O'Flaherty is unavailable out of the bullpen for the next few days. O'Flaherty has a sore back that has flared up in the past. He said with a few days of rest, he expects to be ready to go.
The Braves announced sellout crowds Friday and Saturday, marking the first time this season there were back-to-back sellouts at Turner Field. Friday night's attendance of 51,910 was the largest of the season, eclipsing the crowd of 50,635 fans who watched the Braves' 10-8 victory in their home opener.
Teddy Cahill is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.