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Braves starter Saturday to be determined after Kelly relief appearance

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Casey Kelly is scheduled to start Saturday's game for the Atlanta Braves barring some change of events.

Atlanta Braves v Philadelphia Phillies Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images

If everything goes to according to plan, it appears that Casey Kelly will make his second start of the season for the Atlanta Braves on Saturday against the Miami Marlins. Kelly started last Sunday's game in Philadelphia but there was some thought that Atlanta might turn to someone else next time around.

However, that doesn't appear to be the case now. Brian Snitker told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Michael Cunningham on Tuesday that Kelly will get the start on Saturday as long as he is not needed as an emergency bullpen arm between now and then.

Kelly allowed seven hits and three runs in five innings against the Phillies. He made a relief appearance back in April allowing three hits and a run in three innings against the New York Mets. Kelly pitched in seven games for Triple-A Gwinnett including five starts and was 2-1 with a 2.63 ERA.

There was some speculation that the Braves might choose Tyrell Jenkins for Saturday's start. Jenkins would have been on regular rest if not for a rainout on Monday. Jenkins pitched in Game 1 of Tuesday's doubleheader and allowed four hits and two runs to go along with nine strikeouts in six innings of a 3-2 win over Norfolk.


Kelly was pressed into duty during Wednesday's 3-2 loss in 13 innings to the Brewers. He ended up throwing four innings in relief and 76 pitches total which takes him out of the running to start on Saturday. Braves manager Brian Snitker didn't name a new starter for Saturday following the game but as's Mark Bowman points out, Aaron Blair is the likely best option.