Julio Teheran's performance Sunday against the Phillies certainly didn't help his bid to the Braves' fifth starter.
KISSIMMEE, Fla. — For Cliff Lee, it is time to clear out of Florida. For Julio Teheran, it may soon be time to clear out his locker.
Lee made his final exhibition start Sunday, allowing one run over four innings as the Philadelphia Phillies and Atlanta Braves played to a 7-7tie.
The game was called after nine innings — but Teheran didn’t even come close to making it that long.
Teheran, trying to win the final spot in Atlanta’s rotation, saw his spring ERA baloon to 9.37 after giving up four earned runs in 3 1/3 innings.
Teheran, the Braves’ top pitching prospect, is competing with rookie Randall Delgado. The Braves signed veteran Livan Hernandez on Friday as a spot starter after he was released by Houston.
Earlier this week, manager Fredi Gonzalez said the first four spots have been set with Tommy Hanson, Jair Jurrjens, Mike Minor and Brandon Beachy. Delgado, meanwhile, hasn’t been much better this spring — he is 1-4 with a dreadful 7.89 ERA.
The Braves trailed, 7-3, entering the bottom of the ninth before Josh Wilson hit a two-run homer. After Tyler Pastornicky scored on a double play to make it 7-6, Eric Hinske doubled in Luis Durango to tie it.
NOTES: Braves OF Jason Heyward left after the third inning with what Gonzalez described as cramps in his upper left leg. … Gonzalez said IF/OF Martin Prado may take over in left field if newly acquired 3B Juan Francisco is ready to play third while 3B Chipper Jones rehabs from his injured right knee.