The Braves announced the winners of the various position battles earlier today with the expected release of Emilio Bonifacio and the surprising release of Michael Bourn (more surprising due to the money owed to him than his performance level). Once those moves were annouced, the Braves also indicated that the opening day pitching staff would be announced after the last game of spring training today.
Well, that game was rained out and with it went any reason to delay the announcement of the Opening Day roster.
John Gant, after an incredibly impressive first Spring Training with the Braves, will start the year in the Braves' bullpen and potential spot starter if the need arises. His performance this Spring in comparison to his colleagues in addition to his presence on the 40 man roster made this decision a good one for the Braves.
Williams Perez will serve as the Braves 4th starter which is somewhat surprising but, despite peripherals and eye tests that definitely increase Braves' fans blood pressure when he is on the mound, had stretches of overall effectiveness in the rotation last season.
As for Jhoulys Chacin, this isn't likely to be good-bye. The Braves don't need a 5th starter until the middle of April and it looks like he will get the call when they need one.
Gant is on the OD roster. Perez will be the 4th starter. Chacin starts w/ Gwinnett, but will be brought back when the 5th starter is needed— Mark Bowman (@mlbbowman) April 2, 2016
Chacin had a pretty good spring for the most part and while he is probably a bit disappointed to not be pitching in the majors to start the season, it appears as though he impressed Braves' officials enough that he will be in the rotation in at least the next couple of weeks.