KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) - The Atlanta Braves are eager to show off
their new rotation, but there are plenty of questions marks.
Kenshin Kawakami has never faced a major league batter. Jair
Jurrjens has only one year of significant major league experience.
Tom Glavine is rehabbing from his first major injury and will be 43
before opening day. And Javier Vazquez is coming off a 16-loss
Manager Bobby Cox has some other options.
Charlie Morton and Jo-Jo Reyes both got significant time in the
rotation last season after injuries rocked the staff, and Jorge
Campillo also filled in ably. Top prospect Tommy Hanson likely will
start in the minors but could be in Atlanta before the season is
The Braves insist they haven't lost confidence in Reyes and
Morton, even though both struggled mightily last season. Reyes made
22 starts, going 3-11 with a 5.81 ERA, while Morton started 15
times and was 4-8 with a 6.15 ERA.