Braves Pitching Prospect Randall Delgado To Make Major League Debut Friday For Injured Tommy Hanson

LAKE BUENA VISTA FL - FEBRUARY 21: Randall Delgado #65 of the Atlanta Braves during Photo Day at Champion Stadium at ESPN Wide World of Sports of Complex on February 21 2011 in Lake Buena Vista Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

The Braves number two starting pitching prospect, Randall Delgado, will make his Major League debut tomorrow, starting the series opener against the Rangers in place of Tommy Hanson, who is being scratched with right shoulder tendinitis.

Delgado, a 21-year-old native of Panama, was scratched from his scheduled start tonight for the double-A Mississippi Braves. He has never made a start in triple-A. He marks the second top Braves pitching prospect to make his Major League debut this year, following Julio Teheran, who has made several spot starts this season.

After a rough outing on May 24th, Delgado's last three starts have been fantastic, each one a quality start. But he will be facing the defending American League champs, and a very good hitting team. It will be interesting to see if Delgado is as nervous as Teheran was during his first start. He'll need to get over those nerves fast.

No word yet if Hanson will be placed on the disabled list, or if another player will be sent out to make room for Delgado on the 25-man roster (he is already on the 40-man roster). Another disabled Braves starting pitcher, Brandon Beachy, is making his first (of likely three) rehab starts tonight for Gwinnett. His timetable could be accelerated if Hanson does have to be disabled.

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