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Braves face rotation decision when Beachy returns

By CHARLES ODUM
AP Sports Writer

ATLANTA (AP) - Frank Wren is facing a dilemma that general managers covet but also dread.

The Atlanta Braves must make room in an already deep rotation as Brandon Beachy is almost set to return from elbow surgery. Beachy was perhaps Atlanta's top starter when his 2012 season ended as he led the National League with a 2.00 ERA.

Wren said Thursday the difficult part of the decision is moving a starter - Tim Hudson, Mike Minor, Kris Medlen, Paul Maholm or Julio Teheran - to the bullpen. The bullpen needs help after losing left-handers Jonny Venters and Eric O'Flaherty to season-ending elbow injuries.

Wren says the good news is each starter has pitched well. He says it's probably too early in the season to trade 1 of the starters.

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