Jul 20, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Paul Maholm throws a pitch against the Chicago White Sox during the first inning at US Cellular Field. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

Paul Maholm activated from DL; will start Thursday for Braves

With news that Jason Heyward is heading to the disabled list with a broken jaw, the Braves have chosen to activate another starting pitcher instead of sending for reinforcements in the outfield.

As referenced by the team’s official Twitter page above, the Braves have activated starting pitcher Paul Maholm, and he has been set as the probable starter for Thursday’s game against the St. Louis Cardinals (8:15 PM ET). The 31-year-old left-hander is no stranger to the Atlanta rotation, as he made 20 starts before hitting the DL with a wrist injury.

In order to make room in the rotation for Maholm, the Braves have “skipped” their #1 starter in Mike Minor, as they’ve elected to give the young left-hander some additional time off. Maholm is capable of filling in admirably, however, as he has nearly 1,500 MLB innings under his belt, and has a respectable 3.83 xFIP on the season.

The Braves hold a more than comfortable 15 game in the NL East as play opens on Thursday, and this strategy of additional rest for Minor illustrates their comfort level. However, they have an embarrassment of riches in terms of pitching depth, and this is the perfect way to exercise it.

Tags: Atlanta Braves Jason Heyward Paul Maholm St. Louis Cardinals

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