06/17/12 3:33 PM ET
Veteran Minor Leaguer Redmond gets the call
By Guy Curtright / Special to MLB.com
"Way to trump my Father's Day gift," Troy Redmond said.
Redmond's parents are in town for the weekend, so the family got to share the moment as the pitcher joined the Braves after spending parts of eight seasons in the Minors.
"It seems unreal," Redmond said. "I've been waiting a long time for this."
The right-hander will give the Braves an extra arm in the bullpen, although he has always been a starter in the Minors.
"I'm obviously up for whatever they need," he said.
Redmond, who turned 27 on May 17, went 6-4 with Triple-A Gwinnett and threw a seven-inning shutout against Columbus in the first game of a doubleheader on Friday, allowing four hits. He had a 3.20 ERA in 13 starts, with 67 strikeouts against 19 walks in 76 innings.
Redmond, who was in his fourth season with Gwinnett, is the G-Braves' all-time leader in wins, with 34. He came to the Braves in a trade with the Pirates prior to the 2008 season and went 13-5 that year with Double-A Mississippi en route to being named the top pitcher in the Southern League.
The native of Florida took a call from Gwinnett manager Dave Brundage on his way home after Saturday's game and returned to the ballpark in suburban Atlanta to pick up his gear.
"I tried to get some sleep, but it wasn't easy," he said.
With Beachy hurt, Jurrjens to start vs. Boston
ATLANTA -- Jair Jurrjens, sent to the Minors in late April to regain his past form, will start for the Braves in Boston on Friday as a replacement for Brandon Beachy.
With an off-day on Thursday and again the following Monday, the Braves could have elected to go with a four-man rotation for the next two weeks with Beachy on the disabled list.
Instead, manager Fredi Gonzalez will give his other starters an extra day off and give Jurrjens a chance to show that he has found his strength and command after six weeks with Triple-A Gwinnett.
Jurrjens, who pitched for the National League in the All-Star Game last season, was 13-6 with a 2.97 ERA in 2011, but he missed the final two months of the campaign with a knee injury and didn't look like the same pitcher in 2012, either in Spring Training or at the start of the season.
"He's made some progress," Gonzalez said. "His velocity has been up. ... There is some separation with his changeup. We'll give it a shot."
Jurrjens, who worked 6 2/3 innings in a loss to Columbus on Thursday, is 3-4 with a 5.27 ERA in nine starts for Gwinnett, but he has looked like his old self at times, including an outing in which he allowed just three hits over eight scoreless innings.
"He's done it before. He was an All-Star," Gonzalez said. "We'll give him an opportunity again. I'm kind of curious when he comes back to see how he is going to pitch."
Gonzalez cited Tim Hudson's tender ankle as one of the reasons the team decided not to go with a four-man rotation. Kris Medlen, who had been stretched out with Gwinnett as a possible starter, will stay in a relief role, at least for the moment.
"We thought about Medlen," Gonzalez said, "but he's too valuable in the bullpen right now."
Jurrjens, 26, went into this season with a career 50-33 record and 3.40 ERA, but he went 0-2 with a 9.37 ERA in four April starts, pitching just 16 1/3 innings.
"He knows he'll have to pitch well to stay in the rotation," Gonzalez said. "But with Beachy out for a while, it is not a one-and-go situation. ... He's done everything we asked him to do in the Minor Leagues."
Julio Teheran, rated the top pitching prospect in the Minors, remains a possibility after making a spot start last Sunday against the Blue Jays. But he had some tightness in his back during a start for Gwinnett on Saturday and left after four innings, having labored through 86 pitches.
Teheran, 22, is 5-3 with a 3.24 ERA in 12 starts for Gwinnett.
Beachy, Braves hoping for the best
ATLANTA -- Brandon Beachy, placed on the disabled list on Sunday, will undergo a full-blown MRI using dye on Monday to determine the severity of the injury to his right elbow that forced him to leave Saturday's start against the Orioles in the fourth inning.
"I'm hoping for the best, that it is bone spurs," Beachy said, though a torn tendon that would require season-ending surgery is also a possibility.
Losing a pitcher whose 2.00 ERA leads the National League would be a major blow to the Braves, but manager Fredi Gonzalez is optimistic.
"I don't expect the worst," Gonzalez said. "I don't expect his season to be over. I'm expecting good news, just bone spurs, and we'll have him back in 15 or 20 days or close."
Beachy's optimism is more tempered.
"There was no pop," he said. "That is what everyone talks about, and I didn't have a pop. I'm holding on to that, I guess."
The Braves gave Beachy three extra days of rest after he'd felt soreness in his start prior to Saturday, and he experienced no problems while retiring the first 11 Orioles.
But the 25-year-old bounced two curveballs to Chris Davis, then showed a loss of velocity on two fastballs and ultimately walked him. Shortly after calling catcher Brian McCann to the mound, Beachy headed off the field.
"I had no pain, no discomfort between my last start and this one," Beachy said. "I was hoping I'd come out and the pain would be gone, but it came back.
"It didn't feel good. It was gradual tightness. It wasn't worth trying to push through it."
Terdoslavich getting back on track
ATLANTA -- Hailed as potentially the heir apparent to Chipper Jones at third base, Joey Terdoslavich has struggled mightily both at the plate and in the field with Triple-A Gwinnett. But a return to first base and a drop to Double-A appears to have the Braves' No. 6 prospect back on track.
Terdoslavich hit .300 in his first 11 games with Mississippi, with five doubles, a homer and 11 RBIs in 40 at-bats. Those numbers are in sharp contrast to those he recorded at Gwinnett -- .180 with four doubles and four homers in 53 games.
Where the sixth-round pick in 2010 Draft will end up defensively, though, remains in question. He committed a staggering 22 errors at third base with Gwinnett and has three errors at first base with Mississippi.
For now the Braves are simply concentrating on getting the switch-hitter going again at the plate after he struggled trying to make the jump from Class A Advanced Lynchburg to Triple-A to start the season.
Although that is a difficult leap, the Braves thought Terdoslavich could make it after setting a Carolina League record with 52 doubles last year and then shining in the Arizona Fall League. The 23-year-old also held his own with the Braves in Spring Training, batting .240 with three doubles and three RBIs in 24 at-bats.
But the combination of moving to third base after playing first base and in left field last season and facing more experienced pitchers sent him into a downward spiral that he could not escape at Gwinnett.
Martin Prado started at first base on Sunday for the second time in the Orioles series as Freddie Freeman remained sidelined with an injured finger.
"We tried a different treatment, and hopefully [Freeman will] be ready by Tuesday," manager Fredi Gonzalez said.
Freeman has been out of the lineup since last Tuesday, missing five games. He has just four hits in his past 18 at-bats.
In a pregame Father's Day ceremony, closer Craig Kimbrel presented his dad, Mike, with a new Harley-Davidson. The Kimbrel family made the trip from Huntsville, Ala., for the occasion. On the field for the event were Kimbrel's brothers, Alan and Matt, and grandfather Mel.
Mississippi outfielder Todd Cunningham, ranked as the Braves' No. 14 prospect, extended his hitting streak to 15 games on Saturday night and leads the Southern League with a .325 average. The second-round pick in the 2011 Draft was batting .361 in June after hitting .337 in May. He was voted a starter for the Southern League All-Star Game, to be played on Tuesday night at Tennessee.
Guy Curtright is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.