Escobar, Schafer set to play at Gwinnett

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.

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BamaBravesFan

May 12th, 2010
3:18 pm

4 Wheels of Fun

May 12th, 2010
3:24 pm

robdawg08

May 12th, 2010
3:30 pm

Here’s to getting Schafer a shot at CF for the Braves. Ff he goes 3 for 40 he will still outhit McLouth.

robdawg08

May 12th, 2010
3:31 pm

You “first” people are annoying. Post something that is your opinion or don’t post at all…

Nick

May 12th, 2010
3:37 pm

3 Hole today: Heyward (Scored the 2nd run, drove in the 3rd, Scored the 4th.
3B Today: Conrad (Homered in 2nd straight game)
What do these two spots have in common and why do they usually not have much production?

Jim

May 12th, 2010
3:38 pm

The most important number for the lead off man is runs scored and I just think that Schafer get on and score more runs than McClouth.

We Need Schafer As Our Leadoff Man

May 12th, 2010
3:45 pm

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We Need Schafer As Our Leadoff Man

May 12th, 2010
3:45 pm

Conrad has as many HR’s in 2 games this year as Chipper has had all year.

Doug B

May 12th, 2010
3:49 pm

How long will Jordan be in AAA? If brought up, who is getting shipped out?

PMC

May 12th, 2010
3:49 pm

I believe McClouth is at .167 at the moment so that has to make Jordan Schaffer feel really good.

Fire Frank Wren

May 12th, 2010
3:52 pm

And we need Infante to move to third upon the return of Escobar. Put Chipper on DL and get well, this is rediculous and hurting the team. Finally Henske is getting his chance and delivering but Chip is still part time. Uncle Festiss will not play Henske everyday because it makes too much sense, we will continue to see no can hit Milk man and Diaz in left field too often.

paw paw

May 12th, 2010
3:52 pm

bring shafer on NOW!!

Nick

May 12th, 2010
3:57 pm

You’re right FFW. I completely expect to see Hinske sitting on the bench again soon for no reason other than he is too good a hitter to play left.

Craig

May 12th, 2010
4:00 pm

Why would you move Infante to third with the way Conrad is hitting?

PMC

May 12th, 2010
4:02 pm

It’s official. Conreezy cannot be benched. Brooks was here is killing it.

Melk was a very bad choice.

May 12th, 2010
4:06 pm

McClouth might be batting about 160 but he still has a more power, glove and speed than Melky. Bring Schafer up and send the melk man back to NYC. Put Heinski in left, schafer in center and platoon diaz and McCloth in right..

Craig

May 12th, 2010
4:06 pm

You are correct PMC and we need all the hitter we can get. We have shined against the Astros and the Brewers. That falls under “big deal” when you have the Phillies and even the Mets in your division.

GT Fan

May 12th, 2010
4:25 pm

Melk was a very bad choice, so, you want to bench Heyward?

Gman

May 12th, 2010
4:25 pm

Hey “Melk was a very bad choice.”..how about that Heyward guy? Where are you going to put him with Hinske in Left, Schaefer in center and platooning Diaz and McClouth in Right?

Fire Frank Wren

May 12th, 2010
4:25 pm

I love the way Conrad is playing but he still does strike out a bit too much and Infante has to be in the lineup. I guess you could put Infante in Center but I am hoping Shaffer fills that spot very soon. Infante has to be somewhere, he is a ball player.

usnavyvolfaninva

May 12th, 2010
4:27 pm

Wow… utter domination by the Bravos this series! D-backs coming to town next… let’s ride this wave through the homestand!
I’m waiting for someone to complain about the fact they waited until the 4th inning to score! Great job up and down the lineup, and Heyward’s back and being his usual self.. that guy’s a gem!
To hold the Brewers to 7 or 8 runs for the whole series was awesome, and it’s good to see Lowe have such a great outing! Hopefully he’ll build on it!
Just remember…. so easy to criticize when they’re not doing well, but we gotta also give them praise when they’re playing like they did in Milwaukee.

Tyler

May 12th, 2010
4:29 pm

Escobar was sprinting? I’d love to see him do that in a game for once!

TheAntiMe

May 12th, 2010
4:42 pm

I’m confused. How is it that Derek Lowe gets the win in todays game? When he came out after 6 innings the game was tied 2-2. The Braves went ahead in the top of the 7th. Shouldn’t Moylan get those runs for pitching in the bottom of the 7th?

It seems to me that when you are a starting pitcher on the road, if you come out in a tie game then you get no decision. Only when you come out of the game in the top of an inning (read, at home) should the runs scored in the next half inning (bottom half) count in favor of the starter.

Rob

May 12th, 2010
4:47 pm

TheAntiMe- It is the pitcher of record when the lead is taken who gets the win. Has nothing to do with the home or away pitcher. As Low was last to pitch in the 6th, Braves went up in the 7th, Lowe gets the decision.

KNow it all

May 12th, 2010
4:48 pm

It’s the pitcher that is in the game at the time the runs are scored. Moylan had not entered the game yet

jj

May 12th, 2010
4:49 pm

Could someone tell me why Chipper hit for Eric?Is Cox scared that he might have to make a decision that he is not willing or capable of making.I agree Chipper should go on DL and get well.

TheAntiMe

May 12th, 2010
4:56 pm

Thanks for the clarification. It just seemed to me that Lowe pitched 6 full innings and after 6 full innings the score was 2-2. It seems that what the Braves do in the next inning should go to the next pitcher.

beauvighn

May 12th, 2010
4:57 pm

Hinske has got to stay in the lineup somewhere. He would have hit like this all season if Booby would have given him the chance. I predict they will take their time with Jordan. I don’t look for him until after the all star break if then. It seems Cocks has found a line-up that is producing. Let’s see if he is smart enough to stay with what is working or if he out smarts himself and puts us back in a funk

Matt

May 12th, 2010
5:07 pm

BREAK UP THE BRAVES!!!! This offensive juggernaut cannot be allowed to continue!! Too bad we can’t play the Brewers every week.

Alan 10

May 12th, 2010
5:08 pm

Its good to see that we as a group now have the opportunity to help manage the team and cut down on the critiszim. Who knows, with our expierence and wisdom we might turn the Braves around to contender status.

todd

May 12th, 2010
5:09 pm

I personally am tired of the Chipper drama – we need to cut our loses and start someone who will give us consistency. he key is Hinske – he needs to play everyday. Much as I like McClouth I think giving Schafer a shot is smart – we have nothing to lose.

TheAntiMe

May 12th, 2010
5:15 pm

I’m glad to see the dudes are hitting again but I will feel a lot better about the Braves bats after I see how they hit against a team other than the Brewers (or the Astros). I’m probably just being a bit paranoid (I hope).

Alan 10

May 12th, 2010
5:19 pm

Go Braves, bring the game back to Atlanta and show us that you are better than we think.

Braves One

May 12th, 2010
5:23 pm

Yunel will come back and Hicks will resume play in Gwinnett. The question will be what to do with Brooks Conrad. Conrad is a hard nosed player who will give you everything he has on every play, with bat, in the field or on the bases.

The Conrad edge … he’s hungry.

He wants to stay in the big leagues and he’s willing to give it his all to do so, and so far he is doing it. I think Conrad should be the third baseman until he stops hitting and fielding and being aggressive on the bases. I think Chipper should continue to rest and pinch hit when needed until Conrad isn’t doing it any more. As of now the young man has clearly earned staying in the lineup.

There should be no doubt Hinske should start somewhere every game. He is a leader and a producer. He has been wasted on the bench until the Milwaukee series.

Come July and Jordan Schafer is ripping the ball at Gwinnett, as of right now I see Melky Cabrera as the ‘odd man out’. I would opt for McLouth’s speed and defense off the bench if we find a mid-summer outfield of Hinske-Schafer-Heyward.

Snowman

May 12th, 2010
5:32 pm

I love McClouth, but we can’t have a leadoff guy batting .175 and expect to do anything. Melky better start hitting or he’s a goner – Henske’s a no brainer compared to Smelky. If the Braves want to try to play with the Phillies and Mets, they’re gonna have to do something about adding a bat. Guess none of us want to hear that Johnny Damon is batting .295 with an OBP of over 40%. Agree with you guys, we’ve got to beat somebody other than the Astros and Brew Crew.

Joe Fan

May 12th, 2010
5:35 pm

As long as a lineup is working why mess with it? Let Chipper pitch hit and use Escobar as trade bait. If and when Schafer is ready then give him a shot in center.

CajunStorm

May 12th, 2010
5:39 pm

Hey “Melk was a Bad Choice” SHUT DA HELL UP!! Hinske in Left…ok, Schafer in Center…ok, platoon Melky and Diaz in RF?????Where are you gonna put Heyward?!?!?! Man, some people post the dumbest things!

tristan

May 12th, 2010
5:45 pm

Ben Hill; Been Real

May 12th, 2010
5:50 pm

Im i the only guy who thinks Melky goes to the plate and just hacks at the ball? I mean the guy doesnt seem to have a thorough swing, he just hacks!

Mike S

May 12th, 2010
6:01 pm

38th!

And my opinion is RobDawg08 needs to lighten up.

ryan c

May 12th, 2010
6:08 pm

let me be the first to say that nate mclouth has royally sucked this year, but i dont think it’s time to give up on him just yet. here are nate’s results the past 3 seasons:

59 hr 202 rbi 64 sb 261 runs .265 ba .353 obp .820 ops

unless nate is injured and not speaking up, one has to believe that he’s in a funk and could turn the corner any day. he’s 28 and should be in his prime. i know he’s not playing like it, but give him atleast a few more weeks before we start with the schafer talk. remember, schafer just started regular games 2 weeks ago and it wouldnt hurt him to prove himself in gwinnett for atleast a month.

but seriously…for all those that might have forgotten: nate mclouth was once a very good baseball player.

Wolf

May 12th, 2010
6:09 pm

I hope the Braves let Schafer get in a good number of AB’s at Gwinnett,50 at the least. The CF problem is desperate in Atlanta, but rushing the young man, who has had his share of problems, some self in-flicted, others not, would not be wise. Does anybody know if McLouth has an options left so he can be sent down? I think he might regain his stroke if he could get in a lot of AB’s in a low-pressure situation. He seems to be pressing a lot.

AdirondackDave

May 12th, 2010
6:09 pm

Robdog08 — Schafer could go 0-40 and still take Nate’s job. Schafer’s defense is outstanding!

williamshakespeare

May 12th, 2010
6:24 pm

Hinske is an atrocious defensive OF. You people are clueless.

Ted M

May 12th, 2010
6:42 pm

The Braves simply must have Hinske’s offense however bad his defense.

Ted M

May 12th, 2010
6:43 pm

you can’t win with 2 automatic outs in the outfield

Ted M

May 12th, 2010
6:48 pm

Oliva the catcher for the Rockies just hit a walk off homer in the 10th to beat the Philly which capped a 5 for 5 day.

ryan c

May 12th, 2010
6:58 pm

well, bill shakespeare, i assure you that these people are smarter than you are and they beg to differ about hinske’s defense. he’s actually quite average and has been for his entire career.

http://www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=1305&position=3B

Hinske Da Man

May 12th, 2010
7:02 pm

Here is my vote for our lineup.

1. Prado 2B
2. Escobar SS
3. Jones 3B
4. Heyward RF
5. Glaus 1B
6. McCann C
7. Hinske LF
8. McLouth.Schafer CF
9. Pitcher

When Schafer arrives, then put him in as the leadoff hitter, and move Prado to second, and Escobar to eight. That would be a sweet lineup IMO.

richbrave

May 12th, 2010
7:03 pm

Ah, the feckless piga.

yogi b

May 12th, 2010
8:36 pm

Brooks Conrad is a mediocre AAA ball player at best. He has never been a hitter and never will be. he is alot like Greg Norton. I really dont think Shafer is ready for the major league mentally or physicaly. Melky
and McLouth are proven major leaguers that will hit .260 to .280 for the year and Matt Diaz will get better and we need his right handed bat

TheAntiMe

May 12th, 2010
8:56 pm

Brooks Conrad is a mediocre AAA ball player at best. He has never been a hitter and never will be.
Um, yogi, do you even bother to watch any of the Braves games? Yeah, I didn’t think so.

yogi b

May 12th, 2010
9:31 pm

Look at his career stats if your capable

robdawg08

May 12th, 2010
9:34 pm

What about this lineup (ASAP) ?

Schafer – CF
Prado – 2B
Heyward – RF
McCann – C
Chipper – 3B
Glaus – 1B
Hinske – LF
Escobar – SS
P

blueridge

May 12th, 2010
10:45 pm

I am huge a McCann fan, but he shouldn’t be hitting above the 5 hole. Ever. He is not a clean-up guy, and most of all, a team can not have an every 4th day guy hitting in the 4 spot.

Chip Shot

May 13th, 2010
12:11 am

this will be the lineup when schafer gets here at the end of the month.

Mclouth LF
Prado 2B
Chip 3B
Mac C
Hey RF
Glaus 1B
Esco SS
Schafer CF

gotigers72

May 13th, 2010
2:39 am

Anyone wanna make a bet? I’ll bet that McLouth reaches .150 before he reaches .200. He is done folks. Struck out twice more today. Nice sacrifice bunt, but that don’t get it. He strikes out way too much, swings at bad pitches and takes good pitches. His hand/eye coordination is done! He swings late at at least one pitch in every at bat. I don’t know what’s wrong with him, but something is.

Glad to see the Braves fast tracking Schafer. McLouth is a decent outfielder defensively, but that’s all. Schafer is better in every area. He strikes out a lot also, but he’s young and maybe that can be worked on. I really wonder what happened to Nate. He was at least an above average player just a couple of years ago, and now he is just lost with a capital L. Sort of like what happened with Steve Blass, Rick Ankiel, etc. Just all of a sudden, inexplicably, they just lost the ability to play the game.

I like the guy, but it’s hard to watch him go downhill so fast.

wjones

May 13th, 2010
6:10 am

Hate to burst the bubble on all you neggie nellies, but Milwaukee came into this series red hot, so dismissing them along with Houston is shortsighted. I would hate to see your posts if the Braves had LOST the series instead of sweeping. Some folks can’t ever be happy with anything I suppose, or is it a football mentality applied to baseball? Also, don’t be in such a hurry to rush Schafer back after only a week of minor league ball. He is still gaining strength. Remember he didn’t play a game of ST ball.

Tim

May 13th, 2010
6:20 am

Here are the upcoming moves – end of May McLouth goes on DL and Schafer comes up. When Jurrjens is ready Kawakami goes on DL and Medlen stays in rotation.

Face saving moves to avoid sending to minors.

mikemc

May 13th, 2010
7:40 am

DOB, Can you publish a photo of Bobby and coaches in those Zoot suits?

JPopNC

May 13th, 2010
10:09 am

First of all…glad to see Glaus hitting. Hopefully he can keep it up.

Secondly, Brooks Conrad did have two great HR’s, but he didn’t do much else and those two HR’s were off the same pitcher who made the mistake of putting both in the same spot, high and inside. Unless every pitcher in the NL agrees to pitch Conrad high and inside, I’m not seeing he’s contributing overall.

As for Hinske and Infante…really need to keep those two in the lineup. They’re both hitting great, but more importantly they look like they WANT to be out there. Love Infante’s grit at SS.

Dawg '88

May 13th, 2010
10:54 am

Shaefer is still the answer (eventually) to the leadoff problems. Watching him last year and now McClouth shows most everyone that Shaefer will be the better player. I hope it is this year before its too late. But I doubt it.

Hawk4

May 13th, 2010
12:12 pm

With all the bickering one thing seems consistant!!!!

I Love him as a Braves fan, but it might be time to start looking to trade #10… At some some point you have to realize it’s time to build for the future. Maybe that time is upon us??

We have
JJ
Hanson
Heyward
Infante
Prado
Mac
Shafer

That is a ton of young talent. I understand having Chipper as a leader in the club house, but c’mon how can one be hurt that much? It almost reminds me of his good friend Mr. Hampton. If it’s not his oblique, it’s his groin, oh wait remember the palm of his hands when he jumped over a tag!!!! you could drag each one of us down 75 by our knuckles to have a shot to play in the big leagues… Oh yeah and to earn $15 million a year. Suck it up Chipper and be that leader you think you are.

Sandy

May 13th, 2010
2:19 pm

Henske needs to play period. Schafer needs anothr chance at center when hes ready and he needs to be brought up. This is a team sport and I want to see a real team play.

The problem here is that we have players who can play and hit. BUT, they are players like Infanti and Henske and Cox wants them sitting on the bench. These are the guys that are winning while Chipper and Escobar are out. Its very funny that with Escobar and Chipper in the lineup we cant hit a lick. Now im not saying that we should sit Escobar or Chipper, not in a 100 years would I say that. What I am saying is when Chipper and Escobar get back Henske and Infanti should continue to be in this lineup. They are the hitters and we need them. McClouth and Cabrera need to sit on their buts with their 100 something average and 0 fers. Im sick of seeing real players sit with 300 and up averages while Bobby is loyal to the starters.

Oh and by the way, Cabrera and McLouth are utility players themselves so lets play the ones who can hit. Thats not Cabrera and McLouth. A leadoff hitter batting 154, geesh………………

steve

May 13th, 2010
2:42 pm

I have several things I believe we should do to make this team better; 1st release Cabrera and sign Byrnes as he could be a good right handed bat pickup, 2nd if Schaffer hits well in AAA bring him up and trade McClouth, next keep Heyward 3rd in the lineup and move Chipper down plus Hinske should stay in the lineup because he is good enough defensively but is one of our best hitters.

Chipper Needs To Retire

May 13th, 2010
4:31 pm

PLEASE NOW !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

reason

May 14th, 2010
6:47 am

There is no doubt that Chipper getting hurt every other week, makes the team less effective in everyway. It’s selfish on Chipper part, to play half heartily when hurt, and even when he play he looks depressing, and the face of a man hurting. McClouth try’s hard, but just takes way to many pitches, and has been in a slump since spring training. How good is Jordan, it’s a good question, now would be a good time to give him a shot at center field, and let McClouth go. Let’s see what Bobby does with Infante, and Brooks who are hitting. Chipper, and Escobar, don’t need to play for now, they have a winning chemistry without them. Bobby should leave the line-up along for now, Until they stop winning. The Braves are still taking to many good pitches, also a good time to wave goodbye to Pendleton.

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