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Worth noting

• While he is the only logical choice, the Braves have not yet announced Medlen as their Opening Day starter. Gonzalez did say if the current plan stays in place, three different Braves pitchers will start openers during the regular season's first week. Along with opening in Milwaukee, the Braves will be present for the Nationals' home opener before heading to Atlanta for their own.

• Right-handed reliever Gus Schlosser has not been mentioned among the top candidates fighting to win one of the available spots in Atlanta's bullpen. But Schlosser drew rave reviews after tossing a scoreless inning against the Tigers on Thursday.

• Gene Garber and Steve Avery are currently serving as guest Spring Training instructors. Other former Braves scheduled to fill this role include Dale Murphy (March 8-15) Ryan Klesko (March 10-16) and Tom Glavine (March 21-25). Phil Niekro will also make an appearance, but his dates have not yet been set.

Mark Bowman is a reporter for
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