Braves ace Julio Teheran had no issues following a rehabilitation start with Triple-A Gwinnett on Sunday and is set to rejoin the big-league club’s rotation Friday.
Teheran has been out since suffering a strain to a muscle in his upper back near his pitching shoulder July 30. He threw 75 pitches over five innings for the G-Braves while allowing three hits and one earned run with five strikeouts and no walks.
“He got better as he was out there,” Braves interim manager Brian Snitker said. “I think once he started turning the ball loose and convincing himself that he probably felt really good, that he was.”
Snitker said Teheran will get final clearance to rejoin the Braves after he throws a bullpen session with no issues.
The Braves also expect to get back catcher Tyler Flowers (hand) and closer Arodys Vizcaino (oblique) from the disabled list this week.
Teheran, 25, has a 2.81 ERA in 21 starts this season. He was the team’s lone representative in the All-Star game and has been the steadiest performer among its young, inconsistent and injury-riddled rotation.
The Braves have used 14 starting pitchers this season. That’s tied for the most in the majors with the Reds and Padres.
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