Atlanta Braves catcher Gerald Laird (11) celebrates with teammates after scoring to go ahead 5-2 in the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers Sunday, May 19, 2013, in Atlanta. The Braves won 5-2. (AP Photo/Todd Kirkland)
For the first two months of the season, Gerald Laird has served as a personal catcher of sorts for rookie Julio Teheran. But Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez had Brian McCann catch Teheran on Friday night and indicated his priorities have changed.
He’s more concerned with getting McCann and hot-hitting Evan Gattis in the lineup than having the veteran Laird catch Teheran. Laird had caught eight of Teheran’s first nine starts before Friday.
“That’s the tricky part carrying three catchers,” Gonzalez said. “It’s good because days Gattis or McCann don’t play, it’s nice to have Laird on the bench where you could use Gattis or McCann as a pinch hitter and not have to worry about third catcher.”
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.