As had become apparent over the last two weeks… Among other things, this is a reprieve for Jason Marquis, who should get at least one start while Byrd is getting ready. But I still think Horacio Ramirez is the fifth (fourth for now) starter, and that Jason will be demoted to Richmond or the bullpen when Byrd returns.
Mike Hampton actually had a good start yesterday. Whether this means he’s turned a corner, or if it was just facing the Mets, is anyone’s guess.
Mike Venafro, of whose acquisition and major league contract I was extremely critical, has been so bad (second item) that the Braves may cut him. Jung Bong may wind up the second lefty in the pen, which if nothing else will boost jersey sales.