ATLANTA -- As Julio Teheran neared the completion of his strong 115-pitch effort against the Red Sox on April 25, he reacted to the botched defense of a sacrifice bunt attempt by snapping his glove in an agitated manner after receiving the ball back from catcher A.J. Pierzynski.This one simple
ATLANTA -- As Julio Teheran neared the completion of his strong 115-pitch effort against the Red Sox on April 25, he reacted to the botched defense of a sacrifice bunt attempt by snapping his glove in an agitated manner after receiving the ball back from catcher A.J. Pierzynski.
This one simple reaction signaled Teheran may have indeed regained that same aggressive attitude he had possessed before enduring a frustration-filled 2015 season.
More importantly, Teheran has consistently produced results that provide tangible proof he has indeed distanced himself from last year's miseries and restored his status as one of baseball's most productive starting pitchers. His ability to rebound in an impressive manner was awarded on Tuesday night, when he was the only Braves player selected to participate in this year's All-Star Game presented by MasterCard in San Diego.
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Teheran's selection was announced just a few hours after the Braves announced he would miss Wednesday afternoon's start because of an infection on his right thigh. He returned to Atlanta for evaluation on Monday and was unavailable for comment on this selection. But given that Teheran may still start on Saturday against the White Sox, he could be available to pitch in the All-Star Game presented by MasterCard, which will be played at 7:30 p.m. ET on July 12 at San Diego's Petco Park.
"I think it's very well deserved," Braves manager Brian Snitker said. "The record's not how this guy -- this guy's been awesome. Very effective. He's kept us in every game -- just been nails. He's been really good, very deserving of this honor. I'm happy for him. Like I said, it's well deserved. You look at his numbers other than his record, he's as good as anybody in the league."
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After earning his only previous All-Star selection in 2014, Teheran struggled the majority of the 2015 season and provided reason to wonder if he was capable of regaining his previous promise. But through this season's first 17 starts, the 25-year-old hurler has posted a 2.72 ERA. He has limited opponents to a .197 batting average and .251 on base percentage -- the National League's second-best mark. His 3-7 record has been influenced by a MLB-low 2.88 run-support average.
As Teheran has produced a 2.07 ERA over his past 14 starts, he has avoided the struggles he encountered against left-handed hitters last year. He has thrown his two-seam fastball less frequently than he did in the past and has shown the ability to consistently command each of his secondary pitches -- curveball, slider and changeup.
"He's kept us in all the games," Snitker said. "It's needed. It's well deserved. I know the guys are happier than hell for him. It's big. I'm proud of him. It's well deserved. It means a lot to the guys when they do that because he's worked his tail off to get to that position. So for he and his family, it's a big honor. It's well deserved."
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Mark Bowman has covered the Braves for MLB.com since 2001. Evan Webeck contributed to this story.