In the last week the Atlanta Braves have seen nothing short of a complete overhaul of their starting rotation.
With the news that young starting pitchers Kris Medlen and Brandon Beachy might be lost for the season to Tommy John operations, Atlanta has been forced to scramble to piece together the rotation. They took their first step in that direction by signing Ervin Santana to a deal.
Santana is in place, but would the Braves consider adding another starting pitcher? General manager Frank Wren told Fox Sports that the team will not make any more moves, even if Medlen and Beachy are both out for the year.
Right now, we plan on going with what we have. We like what we have…When we get Santana in there, it will move everyone down a notch. Within a couple of weeks, we’ll have Minor and Floyd. Then, all of a sudden, we’ll have our depth again.”
Not many teams have the pitching depth to absorb these injuries. Most teams in this position would see their season end before it started if they lost two starting pitchers. That makes the Braves unique and the subject of envy here, as they should still be able to contend in the NL East despite bad injury news in Spring Training.