After playing 56 games in 59 days, the Braves will have three days off in eight-day span beginning Monday, the latest quirk in their 2013 schedule. Manager Fredi Gonzalez plans to keep his starting pitchers in their regular turns, meaning all will get at least one extra day of rest between starts and some will have two extra days.

It’s not ideal, Gonzalez said, “But this time of year, they may need that (extra rest). Get a little breather, instead of skipping somebody and then the one guy who doesn’t pitch, he goes, like, 17 days without pitching.”

The Braves have a three-game weekend series at Milwaukee, then days off Monday and Thursday on each side of a two-game series at Kansas City. Then another day off Monday, July 1.
This comes soon after a stretch in which they played 20 consecutive days before a day off June 13.
“It’s almost too much,” Gonzalez said of the upcoming off days. “You’d almost wish you could pick your off day when you need an off day, but it doesn’t work that way. But you go, like, a couple of stretches with 20 straight, and then all of a sudden you have three in eight days. But it is what it is. We’ll take advantage of it somehow.”