LAWRENCEVILLE - Rotation changes keep coming.
As expected, left-hander Francisley Bueno started Monday for the Gwinnett Braves in a spot start for James Parr, who is on the disabled list with elbow discomfort. It was the left-hander's second start of the season.
But today, things change again. Left-hander Jo-Jo Reyes returns to Gwinnett to make his second minor-league start of the season. Reyes started five games for the Atlanta Braves in the rotation's fifth spot before straining his hamstring running to first base in May. Reyes will be on a pitch count and will be followed by the day's original scheduled starter, Todd Redmond. In five starts and one relief appearance with Atlanta, Reyes was 0-2 with a 7.00 ERA. He also lost his April 10 start with Gwinnett and has a 6.00 Class AAA ERA.
An off day follows the Reyes-Redmond game and Deunte Heath is scheduled to make his second AAA start Thursday, followed by Tony Armas and Redmond in their usual spots.
"We lost some horses," G-Braves pitching coach Derek Botelho said of the rotation shakeups that began with the Atlanta Braves' release of Tom Glavine last week, followed by the call-up of top-prospect Tommy Hanson and trade of Charlie Morton.
Parr's elbow will be evaluated today.
Because of the off day, the G-Braves are set through Saturday. At least for now.
Schafer still out
Center fielder Jordan Schafer missed his third straight game for Gwinnett on Monday with what the team is calling an injured left wrist.
He, along with outfielder Brandon Jones (knee), were evaluated on Monday and the team expects results today.
Schafer, sent to Gwinnett from Atlanta on Wednesday, mired in a major-league slump that had seen his batting average tumble to .204, but had played well with Gwinnett after going 0-for-5 in his first game.
In his next two games, he went 4-for-8 with five runs, a home run, two walks and an RBI. He has not played since the team returned home on Saturday.
Timmons hits way to player of week
G-Braves infielder Wes Timmons finally picked up some notice for his recent hot streak, earning player of the week honors from the International League.
Timmons had 14 hits in seven days on Gwinnett's most recent road trip. He hit for a .519 average and a .606 on-base percentage. He also scored eight runs and hit five doubles. His average jumped 70 points over the week to .275.
The strong trip highlighted a turnaround for Timmons since his move to the No. 2 spot in the order May 21.
Gwinnett added relief pitcher Jon Huber to its roster just before game time on Monday.
Huber, a right-hander, fills the roster spot opened by Parr's trip to the DL. He comes to the G-Braves from the independent leagues and spent last year pitching for Class AAA Tacoma in the Seattle Mariners' organization.
In 52 appearances, Huber had a 6.40 ERA with four wins and six saves. He struck out 56 and walked just 21.