March 5, 2013
2012 Atlanta Braves stats: 3-4, 6.89 ERA in 48 1/3 innings over 11 games (10 starts)
2013 spring stats: 1-1, 4.61 ERA in 13 2/3 innings over five games (two starts)
Why he'll be the fifth starter: Because he has experience, and if several injuries occur, it would be nice to have someone who has done it before -- a former All Star -- in the mix.
Why he won't be: Due to contract haggling after his physical, he started late, and didn't really seize the opportunity until Friday's relief performance in which he threw five scoreless innings. He signed a minor league deal and can't opt out of it until June 15, so he can be assigned to Norfolk easily.
Bottom line: He'll get a chance to prove that he is healthy while pitching every fifth day in Norfolk.