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Delgado adds to stout G-Braves rotation

See, told you Randall Delgado pitched for the Atlanta Braves.

See, told you Randall Delgado pitched for the Atlanta Braves.

LAWRENCEVILLE -- You can now make it three pitchers in the Gwinnett Braves rotation with a major league start this season.

Two weeks after the G-Braves received infield prospect Tyler Pastornicky from Class AA Mississippi, the Class AAA affiliate of the Atlanta Braves added its top AA pitching prospect in Randall Delgado on Tuesday. He enters the G-Braves starting rotation and is scheduled to pitch his first Class AAA game Saturday at home against the Charlotte Knights.

Delgado replaces the demoted Ben Swaggerty, who returns to Mississippi after one start in his recent stint with the G-Braves. The lefty allowed one run off three hits in two innings.

Delgado, with his 3.84 ERA and 5-5 record was just out of the Southern League's top-10 pitchers, but the proof of his promise came June 17 when he made his major league debut against the Texas Rangers. The 21-year-old allowed three earned runs off seven hits in four innings of the Braves' 6-2 loss. He was 1-1 with a 4.33 for the struggling Mississippi Braves since with six no-decisions.

Delgado joins a G-Braves' rotation with two other starters with a big league start this year. Mike Minor is 1-2 with a 4.59 ERA in six starts for Atlanta and Julio Teheran is 0-1 with a 5.19 ERA in two starts. The three pitchers represent 30 percent of the Braves' preseason top-10 prospects and recently promoted reliever Arodys Vizcaino and Jaye Chapman gives Gwinnett all of Atlanta's top pitching prospects.

Delgado also helps Gwinnett's bullpen, moving Yohan Flande back into his long relief role.

Hernandez clears waivers, returns to lineup

Five days after Atlanta designated infielder Diory Hernandez for assignment to make room for Jose Constanza in the lineup and on the 40-man roster, the up-and-down Hernandez was back in the G-Braves clubhouse Tuesday and in the lineup.

Hernandez is batting seventh and starting at second base for the 11th time this season. Hernandez, who was hitting as high as .274 in late April is down to .200 in Class AAA and he hovered around that mark all most of July. In 22 games with the Atlanta Braves he hit .212 with a home run and a double.