PHILADELPHIA – The Atlanta Braves have summoned a minor league pitcher who's never been in the majors to start the opener of a key three-game series at Philadelphia.
Brandon Beachy will make his big league debut Monday night against the Phillies. The 24-year-old right-hander will start because Jair Jurrjens is still nursing a sore right knee.
The Braves are three games behind the Phillies in the NL East. Atlanta holds a 2½-game edge over San Diego in the wild-card chase.
Beachy was 5-1 with a 1.73 ERA as a starter and reliever for Triple-A Gwinnett and Double-A Mississippi. He was at the Braves' instructional league program in Florida when he suddenly got the call to join the pennant race.