Braves-White Sox preview

BY foxsports • July 9, 2016

CHICAGO -- Atlanta Braves right-hander Julio Teheran is expected to make his next start after recovering from an infection in his right thigh.

Braves interim manager Brian Snitker confirmed that Teheran will be able to start Saturday afternoon against the Chicago White Sox in the second game of their three-game series.

Teheran (3-7, 2.72 ERA) returned to Atlanta earlier in the week to undergo treatment for the infection from an ingrown hair, which forced him to miss Wednesday's start against the Phillies. He threw a side session on Thursday.

"Everything's really good," Snitker said. "He's running around and doing all his pregame stuff. He'll be ready to go."

Teheran has never faced the White Sox. If all goes well Saturday and from there forward, Teheran -- the Braves' lone All-Star selection -- could also pitch in the midsummer classic on Tuesday in San Diego.

"I'm happy to be back (as an All-Star)," Teheran told MLB.com. "Last year, I couldn't make it because I was struggling, but I'm glad to be back at that game. Whenever you make it the first time, you just want to keep being an All-Star."

In his last start, Teheran allowed five runs and 11 hits in 6 2/3 innings against the Miami Marlins on July 1 before the discomfort from the infection worsened Sunday.

"I've never gotten that many (antibiotic) shots in my life," Teheran said. "I don't know how I got (the infection), but I'm glad we got it before it got worse."

Atlanta was playing at their fifth ballpark in seven days on Friday. They faced the Marlins in Miami before that series moved to Fort Bragg, N.C., last Sunday for the first major league game on an active military base.

Then the Braves headed to Philadelphia for a three-game series against the Phillies, and made up a rainout against the Chicago Cubs on Thursday at Wrigley Field. After beating the Cubs 4-3 in 11 innings after midnight Friday, the Braves traveled across town to open the series against the White Sox.

"When we went into this I said we're going to need an All-Star break to recover from this with different game times and travel and whatnot," Snitker said. "It's been a tough go, but that's what we do."

The Braves (30-57) have won two straight after losing four in a row. They opened their series against the White Sox with an 11-8 victory Friday.

"The guys were really aggressive and had a good approach," Snitker said.

For the White Sox, left-hander Jose Quintana (6-8, 3.06 ERA) will start. He ended a seven-game losing streak Sunday when he limited the Houston Astros to a run and two hits in seven innings.

The White Sox have scored just 13 runs in his last 10 starts. They tallied four runs to beat the Astros.

"Good reaction," Quintana told MLB.com. "More runs. Sometimes I wait for them. Today, the lineup made a good effort."

In his lone career start against Atlanta on July 21, 2013, Quintana allowed a run and nine hits in 5 2-3 innings for a victory.



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