Wednesday: Braves RH Tommy Hanson (3-3, 4.18 ERA) vs. LH Nate Robertson (4-4, 4.56 ERA)
Thursday: Braves RH Tim Hudson (5-1, 2.09 ERA) vs. RH Ricky Nolasco (4-3, 4.50 ERA)
• Kawakami was in line to win his first start of the season Wednesday with six shutout innings vs. the Reds but the bullpen blew a 4-0 lead. He had to leave after only 79 pitches because of back and blister problems.
• Sanchez struck out eight in seven shutout innings vs. St. Louis Wednesday. He has allowed no more than two earned runs in any of his last six starts. He went 2-3 with a 4.39 ERA in five starts vs. the Braves last year, walking eight in a Sept. 28 loss.
The Braves haven’t been able to acquire the ace they might have wanted for the top of their rotation, but they secured the depth they needed Monday with the signing of free agent right-hander Gavin Floyd.
One week after the Braves were eliminated by the Dodgers in a four-game division series, Braves general manager Frank Wren met with the team’s beat writers and discussed the 2013 season and the team’s needs going into the offseason.