After an uninspiring series against the Texas Rangers, the Atlanta Braves continue interleague play beginning today, as they open a three-game series with the Toronto Blue Jays at Turner Field.
Today's game features RHP Tim Hudson (5-6, 4.08) for Atlanta, and RHP Ricky Romero (6-6, 3.01) for Toronto.
Hudson has lost two of his last three, and in both losses, he's lasted just four innings. Romero has gone at least seven innings in his last seven starts, and is 4-2 in that stretch.
On Tuesday, the Braves will send out LHP Mike Minor (0-2, 5.47 ERA) to face RHP Zach Stewart (0-0, 2.57 ERA), and Wednesday's series finale features former Brave Jo-Jo Reyes (3-5, 4.18 ERA) for Toronto against an Atlanta pitcher to be decided.
The Braves have Thursday off to prepare for a west coast trip that begins with a three-game series against the San Diego Padres on Friday.
The Braves continue to battle through the injury bug. Last week, ace pitcher Tommy Hanson was placed on the disabled list, joining 2010 All-Star Martin Prado, fifth starter Brandon Beachy and reliever Pete Moylan.
Also, oft-injured veteran third baseman Chipper Jones is day-to-day. Diory Hernandez, Joe Mather, Brooks Conrad and Eric Hinske could fill in at third when Jones can't go.
Things are looking up however, as starting outfielders Jason Heyward and Nate McClouth returned from the disabled list and recent trips to play with Triple-A Gwinnett.
Heyward returns to his spot in right field, and McClouth, who usually plays center field, will shift to left field to cover for Prado until he returns.
Jordan Schafer, who was called up to fill in for McClouth, will remain in center field.
GWINNETT BRAVES: Though it's early, the G-Braves are in a tight race with the Durham Bulls, as a win one day and a loss the next often means the difference between first and second place in the International League South division.
They open a four-game series today at Coolray Field in Lawrenceville against the Syracuse Chiefs.
They'll then travel to Columbus, Ohio, for a four-game series against the Clippers.
The G-Braves are led by pitching prospect Julio Teheran, who is 6-1 with a 1.78 ERA and 60 strikeouts in 70 2/3 innings. Stefan Gartrell leads the team with 13 home runs, and Mauro Gomez has 12.
Though it's unlikely, Prado could begin a rehab assignment with the G-Braves at some point later in the week.