Schafer progressing in comeback from wrist surgery

St. Louis – It’s taken longer than Jordan Schafer expected, but the center fielder is making significant progress toward returning from wrist surgery.

He’s played in a handful of games the past week at Braves extended spring training camp in Florida, general manager Frank Wren said. Schafer steadily increased his workload in that span, going from two at-bats to a scheduled full nine-inning game Monday.

That’s quite a bit ahead of where he was last month at the end of spring training, when Schafer, the Braves’ 2009 Opening Day center fielder, still wasn’t ready to face live pitching or hit on consecutive days. He had surgery Sept. 5.

Barring setbacks, a May return to Class AAA Gwinnett seems likely. The Braves said during the winter that they hoped to have Schafer, 23, ready to rejoin the major league team by midseason.

With the team getting little production from outfielders Melky Cabrera, Nate McLouth and Matt Diaz, it could be interesting to see whether Schafer might be called upon once the team believes he’s ready.

As a rookie in 2009, Schafer hit two homers in the opening series at Philadelphia, then injured his wrist in the home opener in the fourth game of the season. He didn’t divulge how serious the pain was and tried to play through the injury, eventually diagnosed as a fracture.

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E.lo

April 26th, 2010
9:35 pm

DHD

April 26th, 2010
9:44 pm

He could be an answer to the leadoff question.

bali

April 26th, 2010
9:55 pm

would be a nice story if he could make the comeback… wonder when the braves are going to start playing baseball like they need too

ScottBravesfan

April 26th, 2010
10:00 pm

Nice, thanks for the update Dave. It would be nice to have him left field.

TS

April 26th, 2010
10:18 pm

I’m rooting for Schafer. This is a more likely source of help than the Adrian Gonzalez pipe dream.

MattyO

April 26th, 2010
10:21 pm

Good to hear. Hope it keeps going well for him. Thanks for the update DOB.

BravesfaninWis

April 26th, 2010
11:33 pm

Thanks DOB for all that you do for this site. Thanks to all the members that have let me voice my opinion on this site. Like I said though, until this team goes in a new direction, I will not watch their games ($200.00 for the mlb ticket down the drain) attend any games in Milwaukee, or buy any of their merchandise. I won’t even post on on this or any other Braves site until then. I am completely protesting the Atlanta Braves until they show this fan that they are in it to win it, and they haven’t had that look in over 5 years.

Prime Time

April 26th, 2010
11:39 pm

Can FW fire BC and get it over with? Why do all these so called great coaches/managers want to leave the team the why they inherited it(last place)?

corkylikesbeer

April 26th, 2010
11:49 pm

I am tipping my cap to the Cardinals…we almost pulled it out….go braves

Doc Holiday

April 26th, 2010
11:55 pm

Thanks for the update DOB………..I had been looking for info about him for the last 2 weeks w/o any luck. I think he might be an answer, sadly, we will have to wait some 3 more weeks

tree rollins

April 27th, 2010
12:03 am

I really like the prospects of this young Braves team. With Heyward and Freeman they are going to be a force to be reckoned with for years to come. Pitching staff looks great also. Unlike these veterans that are starting slow, I think Pendleton works great with the young guys – just look at Prado. This team’s only a hit or 2 away from playing great ball this summer and I think it’s great how Bobby doesn’t put any added pressure on them by saying any unkind words to/about them. He’s a class act. Chipper’s going to shrug off this recent injury spell and turn in his usual .300 average. Go Braves – we still love you!

corkylikesbeer

April 27th, 2010
12:06 am

Tree,

I would also like to point out the great team chemistry with the team.

dln

April 27th, 2010
12:08 am

hey rollins………you do know that heavy doses of drugs really makes you delusional……….

The Grinch

April 27th, 2010
12:16 am

I look forward to Jordan’s return; no question he’d be an upgrade over Melky and probably Nate as well. At least until he gets in a slump and needs help from a hitting instructor.

corkylikesbeer

April 27th, 2010
12:31 am

dln, it is early in the season. Sometimes, you have to tip your cap to the cardinals..they just had our number time.

Doc Holiday

April 27th, 2010
12:52 am

you just got to love your last place braves………….

Doc Holiday

April 27th, 2010
1:04 am

The thing I love the most about them, is that they are giving Cox the way out of baseball he deserves………

Greatness and Cox, should never, ever be put in the same sentence. If he was half the great they say he is, this wouldnt be happening. Can you name a manager that was referred to as great an had 5 straight horrendous season as Cox have had? (Im including 2010 because we are in need of about 85 miracles to call this a good season). He has failed to make the adjustment on his teams to make them click. And Im not talking teams full of loosers……this years and last years team are and were pretty good. As always, just pure lack of execution when it really matters. He just cant make his players click………..players as good as chipper, McCann, Tex, LaR, JHey, Yunel. Superb pitching staffs last season and this season…….and what do we have to show for that? scum. Make excuses for the old man, but the one thing in common besides chipper in all this failure is Cox………..

And as someone said a few nights ago………who would love to have a boss that lets you do whatever you want at work and not put any pressure on you?

Doc Holiday

April 27th, 2010
1:06 am

Last place on a division that figures the muts, fish and nats? after almost a month of play? Come on……….We are talking a business of millions of $$$ that are being played like a sunday afternoon neighborhood game.

JohnSmith

April 27th, 2010
1:28 am

“you just got to love your last place braves………….”

Uh, yeah. We do.

Alan 10

April 27th, 2010
8:34 am

If nothing else, Schafer might throw a wake up call to the 3 (?) outfielders none of whom are making a move and taking advantage of a wide open situation.

Joe Fan

April 27th, 2010
10:41 am

Good news regarding Schafer. Hopefully he can plug one of the holes and maybe Freeman will be another answer by midseason. he’s not exactly ripping line drives at Gwinnett. Not a good send off for Cox so far. This team needs major reshuffling from management on down, just to much complacency. If they want to salvage the season and fan interest, its never to early to start.

NO MORE BOBBY

April 27th, 2010
12:04 pm

Hurry back!!!!

randyh

April 27th, 2010
12:40 pm

love bobby, but this team is not mentally tough, and as joe torre said when he became manager of the braves…..this team is looking for a way to lose in late innings instead of a way to win. mental toughness and fire is needed ; and bobby cant give it at this point in his career.

bartron

April 27th, 2010
12:51 pm

Doc Holiday

how about LaRussa and Torre

J-Hey Brave

April 27th, 2010
1:26 pm

Schafer
Prado
J-Hey
Mac
Freeman
Yunel
McLouth
New 3B

That looks like a solid lineup for the future.

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Chip Shot

April 27th, 2010
3:00 pm

J-Hey Brave, that new 3rd baseman will more than likely be Edward Salcedo.

bp

April 27th, 2010
5:42 pm

Hopefully Schafer can breathe some life into this pathetic team.You knew last night the way they were given those three runs that it would not hold up.

chief pitchanono

April 28th, 2010
3:46 pm

I think schafer could be the darkhorse for this team in the second half of the season if his recovery keeps going well. A few months ago it looked like he would not have a spot on this team even if healthy, but now with recent events he could have a starting job when he comes back. This has got to be good motivation for him.

Braves in the Burgh

April 28th, 2010
9:49 pm

Jordan Schafer will be successful in the Big League this yr if he manages to stay healthy. People don’t give him credit that last season he was off to a great start and then he played injured without telling anyone. Thats why he didn’t do so well, and since he waited so long to get his wrist checked it made it so much worse.

He’ll have a spot if the current roster keeps playing like they are, but the Braves definitly need to shuffle something around and come up with a winning formula sooner than later. Hopefully Heyward adapts a little better to major league pitching by next month, he needs to find that groove from spring training and early April that he’s lost.

The hype,reporters, and baseball card endorsement deals may be alot weighing on Heyward’s mind he just needs to put all that extra stuff in the back of his mind out on the field and play ball like he’s done the whole time in the minors. Schafer came with alot of hype too around April of last season, but this time around he might come out of nowhere and suprise everyone. Heyward, Freeman, and Schafer are the future and it looks bright.

Richard Nieh

April 29th, 2010
4:15 am

Please promote Schafer when he comes back. It cannot get any worse than any leadoff man Braves used. Yunel Escobar is the best so far this season that he had one hit in each game and that is it. It is just sad.

annoyed

April 29th, 2010
10:00 am

Keep with the facts on Schafer’s injury. He did report how bad it was. He wanted surgery earlier but had to follow the repair process given to him. You under estimate this guy. He has an incredible determination. He’ll be an impact to this team. All you naysayers that have exploited the grief….hope he doesn’t give you an interview. Most players know where their grief comes from.

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