Milwaukee – Shortstop Yunel Escobar, recovering from a groin strain, is set to play one game at Class AAA Gwinnett before coming off the disabled list.
The plan is for Escobar to play Friday at Gwinnett, then rejoin the Braves on Saturday for the second game of their series against the Arizona Diamondbacks. That’s the first day he’s eligible to come off the 15-day DL.
Escobar was with the Braves on the trip and progressed to full workouts in the past week, including sprinting, hitting and fielding. He had no difficulties and Cox expected to have him in the lineup this weekend.
Gwinnett will have Escobar on Friday and then welcome Jordan Schafer on Saturday, when the center fielder moves up from Class AA Mississippi to continue his injury rehab from September wrist surgery.
Schafer moved up from Class A Rome on Tuesday and went 2-for-5 with a double in his first game for Mississippi.
Gwinnett starts a weekend series against Lehigh Valley on Friday, including night games Friday and Saturday.