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Expanded rotation creates tough roster decision

ATLANTA -- Having made the decision to employ a six-man rotation for the rest of August, the Braves must now decide whether they prefer to have a short bench or a smaller bullpen for two weeks.

Manager Fredi Gonzalez said he would like to keep the bullpen intact, but knows the Braves' four-game series against the Padres could determine what roster move the team needs to make.

"That may take care of itself," Gonzalez said. "You think you've got everything planned out and all of a sudden somebody gets hurt and it goes out the window."

The Braves don't have to make a final decision until Friday when right-hander Tommy Hanson is activated from the 15-day disabled list to start against the Dodgers.

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ATL Full Game Coverage ANTA -- Having made the decision to employ a six-man rotation for the rest of August, the Braves must now decide whether they prefer to have a short bench or a smaller bullpen for two weeks.

Manager Fredi Gonzalez said he would like to keep the bullpen intact, but knows the Braves' four-game series against the Padres could determine what roster move the team needs to make.

"That may take care of itself," Gonzalez said. "You think you've got everything planned out and all of a sudden somebody gets hurt and it goes out the window."

The Braves don't have to make a final decision until Friday when right-hander Tommy Hanson is activated from the 15-day disabled list to start against the Dodgers.

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