March 22, 2011 at 7:02 pm by Capitol Avenue Club under Atlanta Braves
1) To suppress Mike Minor’s service time.
2) To showcase Brandon Beachy in order to trade him. Let’s face it, he’s trade bait as soon as Teheran/Delgado are ready.
3) They feel that Beachy can currently help the club more than Minor.
Whatever the reason, I don’t think it really matters. The other one will be in AAA and called upon when a 6th starter is inevitably needed. They’re roughly the same pitcher in terms of present quality, though Minor figures to eventually be the better starter.
If 1) is the real reason, the decision to call Minor up a few days before his MLB debut so he could “get comfortable in the clubhouse” looks even more silly now than it did seven months ago–as if he couldn’t have done that whilst he was officially on the AAA roster.