LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Julio Teheran looks ready for his start on opening day at Milwaukee on Monday.
The right-hander struck out nine over six solid innings in his final tune-up for the Atlanta Braves, finishing spring training with a 1.80 ERA.
“I’m happy with what I did this spring training and I hope to continue it into the season,” Teheran said. “I’m excited about pitching on opening day.”
Teheran allowed seven hits and two runs in the 9-2 victory over the Miami Marlins, with his only walk intentional. He threw 100 pitches, 71 of them strikes.
“I feel good. I’m ready for the season,” said the 23-year-old native of Colombia. “I used more my breaking pitch and it worked pretty good. I was happy to go deep into the game. I feel strong.”
Miami starter Nathan Eovaldi, who was charged with four runs, left after facing two batters in the Braves’ four-run seventh inning. He gave up six hits, walked one and struck out five while throwing 84 pitches.
Tyler Pastornicky, coming back from ACL surgery, was one of three Braves with two hits and he drove in three runs. Ryan Doumit had a single and double, while minor leaguer Derrick Mitchell, who also made a diving catch in right field, hit a bases-loaded triple.
Veteran right-hander Aaron Harang, signed on Tuesday to bolster the Braves’ depleted rotation, will start today against the Detroit Tigers at Lakeland in the final Florida exhibition game.
Harang, who had been in camp with the Cleveland Indians, is penciled in to start the third game of the season in Milwaukee, following Teheran and left-hander Alex Wood. The fourth starter will be either David Hale or Gus Schlosser, both rookies.
Ervin Santana, signed after Kris Medlen and Brandon Beachy were hurt, should be ready by April 12, when the Braves need a fifth starter for the first time.
Left-hander Mike Minor, out all spring with shoulder tendonitis, is scheduled to pitch when the Braves play a team of top minor league prospects on Saturday in Rome. Minor hopes to be able to join the rotation in late April.
Right-hander Gavin Floyd, signed as a free agent after elbow ligament transplant surgery a year ago, is slated to make his spring debut in a Florida minor league game Friday. Like Minor, he could be ready to pitch by the end of April.