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Braves' Sunday starter is TBA

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Roster Report · Notes, Quotes · Braves' Sunday starter is TBA

The rainout of Tuesday's game against the Brewers didn't cause any immediate problems, as the game was rescheduled as part of a doubleheader that the Braves swept Wednesday, 8-3 and 8-0.

The real repercussions are likely to be felt Sunday, when Atlanta will need to come up with a starting pitcher for its series finale at Philadelphia.

Had the Braves played Tuesday, Tommy Hanson would have started, and it would have been his turn to pitch Sunday.

Due to the rain, Hanson pitched the first game Wednesday, and he fired six innings of two-run ball to get the win. He threw 101 pitches.

In the nightcap, veteran Tim Hudson fired a one-hit shutout, facing just two batters above the minimum. He struck out six and walked one in a 102-pitch masterpiece. The only hit was Rickie Weeks' fourth-inning double.

Unless the Braves reach down to Class AAA Gwinnett for a spot starter Sunday, the assignment will go to either Hanson or Hudson -- and both have been battling back stiffness.

Hudson attributes his back issues to "old age."

Hanson was seen walking through the clubhouse Monday carrying an large envelope labeled "MRI FILMS." He was in street clothes and arrived a good two or three hours after he usually gets to the park. He disappeared into the training room, so he wasn't available that day. Then Tuesday and Wednesday, he was incommunicado because he was scheduled to start.

But Sunday's starter is a decision for another day.

"Let's get through these games first," laughed manager Fredi Gonzalez as players were hanging out in the clubhouse in the early afternoon Wednesday.

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