McLouth could land on 15-day DL

PHOENIX – Other Braves outfielders have cringed while imagining what it would feel like to collide with Jason Heyward. Nate McLouth experienced it.

The smallest Brave(McLouth) collided with the largest (McLouth) in the eighth inning Wednesday night, and the end result was a two-run, inside-the-park homer for the Diamondbacks and possible concussion for McLouth.

The center fielder still had a severe headache late Thursday afternoon, and manager Bobby Cox said the Braves might have to put McLouth on the 15-day disabled list.

“I’m going to talk to him after a while and see how he’s doing,” Cox said before the Braves headed to the Phoenix airport Wednesday afternoon for their flight to Minneapolis. “If [he's] not [doing better soon], then we’ll have to call somebody up.”

Cox said so far the diagnosis was a contusion of the head, and that it typically took three to seven days for a player to cleared to play.

McLouth took a computer-based test Thursday that’s designed to diagnose concussions by comparing a player’s answers to a baseline test each player took during spring training.

“I haven’t seen the results yet,” said McLouth, who didn’t know if the DL was necessary. “I guess it’s hard to tell because it’s not even been 24 hours yet. It’s not my choice, but maybe if I still felt this way tomorrow, then that would be a little bit different.”

Heyward took a tumble and had some aches and pains, but was back in the lineup Wednesday. McLouth spent the day in the clubhouse and training room.

“I’ve got a pretty bad headache still, stuff like that,” he said Thursday morning, before taking the test. “I’m just fortunate it wasn’t worse.”

Heyward had some unspecified soreness but finished Wednesday’s game. The 6-foot-5, 245-pound rookie was back in right field Thursday.

McLouth collided with Heyward as they sprinted to the gap chasing a fly ball by Gerardo Parra, who circled the bases while McLouth lay dazed and Heyward scrambled to retrieve the ball.

The play turned a 1-0 Braves lead into a 2-1 loss and snapped reliever Peter Moylan’s string of 123 consecutive homerless relief appearances.

McLouth was attended to before walking off the field. He was monitored overnight by Braves trainer Jeff Porter, who called his room at 4 a.m.

“I think that was a pulse check to see if I was alive,” McLouth said, smiling.

McLouth hit the back of his head on the ground after flipping over Heyward, who tried to make a sliding catch. The ball went off McLouth’s arm above the wrist.

Both players and Cox described the collision as unavoidable because the ball was hit to a spot between the two outfielders that required both to sprint full-tilt to reach it.

“The ball was placed at a perfect spot,” said Heyward, who went down momentarily, then chased after the ball. “It was one of those where you don’t really have time to look at each other, you don’t really have time to call it. And if you don’t go after it – that’s one thing you don’t want.”

McLouth said, “If it falls between you then you look like an idiot, but then if you both make the extra effort for it sometimes that’s what happens. It’s pretty much unavoidable…. It’s just impossible to communicate in that situation.”

Moylan had not allowed a home run since Ryan Zimmerman hit one at Washington on 2008 opening day, but said that was the farthest thing from his mind Tuesday.

“You forget about the situation in the game as soon as you see a collision like that,” he said. “The fact that they scored two runs – who cares? You look out there and you see Nate flipping over Heyward and you think, I hope they’re both OK. Then Nate doesn’t get up and it’s like, oh, man.”

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Mudcat

June 10th, 2010
8:54 pm

Bring in some new blood!

Matt

June 10th, 2010
8:59 pm

Time for a rookie to step up?

Brave4life-1995 all over again

June 10th, 2010
9:02 pm

Too bad their is no rookie that is “tearing” it up in the minors.

Grandpa Right

June 10th, 2010
9:10 pm

I hate to kick him while he is down, but if McLouth wasn’t so timid and insecure the collision would not have happened. The ball hit him on the wrist, but replays showed that he never ONCE called for the ball. That’s just fundamentals, the CF has to make the call on that ball- he either calls it or backs off, it is that simple, just as the SS has control over the infield, and an OFer has control over an IFer. Heyward is supposed to go until the CF calls him off, just like he did.

We need to demand some accountability from this guy- he is not playing like a major leaguer. Is there something wrong with his arm? Last week, he called Heyward off of a ball with a runner on 3rd and then didn’t even make a throw.

He is truly an enigma- on one play he runs down a ball like Andruw Jones, and the next he can’t execute little league fundamentals. I guess he’s a complete head case right now. I think he needs Dr. Lewellyn more than a baseball coach-

Barnacle Bill

June 10th, 2010
9:18 pm

McLouth has failed to throw home on a fly ball more than once recently, even though he had nothing to lose. I believe all of this has gotten into his head, unfortunately…

Jeffero

June 10th, 2010
9:22 pm

ANDRUW JONES

Barnacle Bill

June 10th, 2010
9:25 pm

Shirley you’re not serious…

Brad

June 10th, 2010
9:31 pm

Well, now he may go on the DL. Congratulations; I’m sure some of you wished he got injured just to get him out of the lineup. Believe me, I was frustrated with his offense and perplexed at his defense too but he doesn’t deserve how fans are treating him. McLouth is lucky he didn’t suffer a broken neck. By the way what a player says is more credible than what a fan says. Fans say he should’ve called for the ball. If McLouth and Heyward said it was in a place where they couldn’t than they couldn’t. They know the game more than the fans.

By the way, the Diamondbacks had the same thing happen to them in the 9th inning today, but not as serious. Ryal, Drew and Reynolds each went after a fly ball in no mans land and NO ONE called for it. Ryal made a sliding catch, then dropped it when he collided with Reynolds. There are just some instances where it’s impossible to call for the ball.

I’m not saying they shouldn’t, I’m just saying if both Heyward and McLouth said they couldn’t than I have to agree with them.

hal

June 10th, 2010
9:39 pm

these idiots dont know from t ball lol if nate had called is that any quarteee that haystack would have understood him?

hal

June 10th, 2010
9:41 pm

and by the way i was watching and never ever seen any attempt by haystack to attewmpt’A sliding catch he mostly just lay there waiting for his stimulus package while the d back runner circled the badses interesting that jeff porter payed no attentuion to hayseed but lots to nate lol

Tim

June 10th, 2010
10:04 pm

Hal, good luck with the racist stuff, buddy..Keep it up.

BobtheBlogger

June 10th, 2010
10:04 pm

I hope they DL McLouth. He’ll miss a number of games anyway so we might as well have someone on the bench who can play. Melky is heating up, so there is no reason to take any chances with McLouth.

If Heyward ran over me like that, I would expect a purple heart.

Jeffero

June 10th, 2010
10:17 pm

Andruw Jones is in much better shape than when he left us. I hear he still lives in Atlanta, so would probably love to come back. We’d keep the good defense an may even get a power boost, who knows. He couldn’t be any worse than McLouth. Plus he’d be dirt cheap!

Chad

June 10th, 2010
10:20 pm

Hal, learn English and keep your racist thoughts to yourself. We will all be better for it.

marc

June 10th, 2010
10:30 pm

Brad

June 10th, 2010
10:45 pm

“If Heyward ran over me like that, I would expect a purple heart.”

Bob, I actually laughed at that one.

Bob in SF

June 10th, 2010
10:54 pm

That’s the CF’s ball all the way but like others have mentioned never is McLouth seen calling for the ball. That’s basic OF play for the CF to call as he’s coming across the field and a Gold Glover especially should know better. I hope Nate gets better, but a week on injury rehab in Gwinnett might be as good for his bat as his body. I seriously doubt Nate will drift into right-center again without calling for the ball emphatically!

LuisG

June 10th, 2010
11:05 pm

The smallest Brave(McLouth) collided with the largest (McLouth) in the eighth inning Wednesday night,[...]

So… McLouth collided with… McLouth ?

LuisG

June 10th, 2010
11:21 pm

I just read Charlie Manuel selected Bud Black and Bruce Bochy as part of his coaching staff for this year’s All-Star Game. I think Bobby Cox should have gotten some consideration, maybe as a reserve coach, if something like that exists.

Idot

June 10th, 2010
11:36 pm

I heard Bobby wanted to rest his booger finger over the break, anyways.

NO MORE BOBBY

June 10th, 2010
11:39 pm

Thanks again for your help up there Skip. Keep pulling those strings and lets win it all big guy!

Brad

June 11th, 2010
12:03 am

Bob in SF, I’m sure that when he comes off the DL if he is placed on the DL that he will have a rehab assignment anyway. I know Escobar did when he was injured. I know he is slumping at the plate right now but it couldn’t hurt for him to go down for a week or two to work on his swing because it’s a mechanical flaw that surprisingly hasn’t been fixed yet.

Chris Young of Arizona last year had the same problem McLouth had. He was hitting .178 with 4 homers last year, got sent down in August and now he’s killing the ball. Maybe the same will hold true for McLouth. I guess we’ll find out. I really like him as a ball player. He’s made some great plays for the Braves since he’s been here.

Also, according to both McLouth and Heyward the ball was hit in a spot where they didn’t know if they’d get to it or not. Why would you call it if you don’t know you’ll get to it? You’d look foolish if you call for it than are not able to catch it. They were both running full tilt so even if he did call for it Heyward may not have heard him until the last second and may not have gotten out of the way in time.

See the Arizona play today as an example: Three players go after a bloop in shallow left and none of them call it and Ryal (the LFer ends up catching it but then it comes loose after he collides with Reynolds.) Fortunately, they weren’t hurt but like last night it cost them an extra run since McCann was on third.

Fans can say what they want and blame who they want but if McLouth and Heyward said they couldn’t call for it than they couldn’t call for it. It’s that simple.

Mathman

June 11th, 2010
12:24 am

Edward Salcedo grandslam today in the Dom. Summer League. 17 years old. As for the Braves now, bring up Resop and Schafer. Try to peddle Karakami if anyone will take that 7.5 mil salary for zero victories.

Wolfman

June 11th, 2010
4:48 am

Send him to the DL and then to a rehab assingment to AAA, so he can work on his swing. I’d rather have Melky in CF and Hinske/Infante in LF than McLouth in the lineup. He is just bad.
Maybe we can get an outfielder for Resop???

Blake

June 11th, 2010
5:19 am

Everybody will forget about McLouth when Schafer takes his rightful place in CF…

Yogi 2

June 11th, 2010
6:03 am

MItch Jones would be a great callup. so would Cody Johnson or Carberra from Mississippi. PLease dont bring up J. Shafers.He is A dud. They should put McLouse on the 60 day DL or relase him.
Shafer is barely hitting .200 at Gwinnett. he would hit less in Atlanta

Yogi 2

June 11th, 2010
6:11 am

Minor league pitchers are not nearly as good as major league pitchers
overall. Jordan Shafer is hitting only .200.at Gwinnett he had one good year at Rome when he was juiced up on drugs. since then he just can’t hit any better than McLouse

fieldofdreams

June 11th, 2010
6:21 am

Get well Nate. Maybe a few weeks of rest is just what the doctor ordered for your slump. PS: He who has the Son has life, he who does not have the Son does not have life.

Ted

June 11th, 2010
7:52 am

No offense Nate but take 60 days off and maybe your bat will heal also because it is badly broken.

Chief Pitchanono

June 11th, 2010
8:15 am

Hate that it had to happen this way, but the boy needs a timeout. At this point the the struggles have got to be in his head by now, this has gone on since the start of spring training. The Braves need to try something else with him. I don’ t see why they can’t send him down to Gwinnett for a few weeks and let him work on some stuff and maybe clear his head a little. He just go his 500th career hit so you know he has the talent, he just needs a mental break and some good coaching to work on his mechanics.

. Don

June 11th, 2010
8:47 am

Based on his production, we thought that he had already been on the Disabled List for over 2 months.

. Don

June 11th, 2010
8:49 am

Is there any chance of also placing Bobby Cox on the Disabled List – Or does it have to be a “physical” disability?

Brad

June 11th, 2010
8:50 am

I’ve been hearing people wanting Schafer to be brought up. IMO, I don’t know about that one. Last year as a rookie year he was only here for 50 games because he struggled so mightily (McLouth now) and was sent back down to Gwinnett. Last I heard he wasn’t really tearing the cover off the ball at Gwinnett either; batting sub .200.

ben

June 11th, 2010
9:03 am

for this series, with the DH, bring up Jones or Cabrera. My worry is the depth at playing center from a defensive standpoint. Not sure if Infante has the range to backup Melky. Could have real issues, especially in an unfamiliar (to everyone) outdoor park.

Reality 4

June 11th, 2010
9:05 am

Did McLouth actually fly with the team to Minnesota? I thought you aren’t supposed to fly if you had a concussion. He should probably stay in Arizona for a few days until he is cleared – or take a bus back to Atlanta.

Greg Norton

June 11th, 2010
10:04 am

Call me Bobby.

coach smith

June 11th, 2010
10:10 am

Two words will solve this problem……ANDRUW JONES!!!!!!!!

Idot

June 11th, 2010
10:23 am

Andruw Jones? The problem solver?

Idot

June 11th, 2010
10:25 am

McLouth did ride the graydog back to ATlanta.

Let's go get Andruw!!!

June 11th, 2010
10:43 am

Let’s bring Andruw back home!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Melky way

June 11th, 2010
10:47 am

Hal you are a idiot,and a racists we do not need you posting this garbage.I wished that I could meet you,so that I could see what kind of a jerk you are.you are a coward that hides behind a computor.

dawgs01

June 11th, 2010
10:47 am

McOut got hit by the COOOOOOLD TRAIAIAIAIN. We should be carefull with this unjury put on the 90 day DL.

DNice

June 11th, 2010
10:50 am

Too all the people who are saying that we are fans and dont know better than the players then obviously you have never played organized baseball. Rule #1 in Little Leage Baseball will tell you that you go for it and call off the player if you think you can get to it. As the CF you call for it but the other player will take an angle to back you up but still able to catch it if I see you cant make the catch. In simplistic terms for you is a ballplayer goes full tilt but is lookinng at his surroundings while running for the ball. Throughout my college career I learned to do that which was taught to me at 10 years old when I first put on a uniform.

Its unfortunate that they collided but a CF has to take charge unless he cant get to the ball and by then he should differ to the LF, RF, 2B, or SS on certain plays.

@ Yogi 2

June 11th, 2010
11:01 am

Cody Johnson? Are you kidding me? The guy makes no contact in AA, so you think he can make any in the show? You better be kidding.

39yrBravesFan

June 11th, 2010
11:41 am

They need to put him on the DL and bring him home. Remember Church??? I think it was and flying with a concussion is a NOT GOOD thing…

ron jeremy

June 11th, 2010
12:51 pm

best thing for the braves to happen..mcclouth is dead weight

[...] Nate McLouth collided in the outfield with Jason Heyward on Wednesday night and is being tested for a possible concussion. McLouth could be headed to the DL as David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. [...]

Braint

June 11th, 2010
1:41 pm

I’ll take Andruw Jones, his 10 HR and his slimmed down body…..on the field of course – not personally.

JORGE

June 11th, 2010
1:42 pm

Jordan Schafer, or Mitch Jones

ron jeremy

June 11th, 2010
1:43 pm

andruw would be good to have for a year..is he available though?

ron jeremy

June 11th, 2010
1:43 pm

i doubt they will spend that kind of money on him though with jordan schaffer on his way back soon

Bobbeeee's Cox

June 11th, 2010
2:08 pm

Put him on the 60-day DL.

bgvt

June 11th, 2010
2:24 pm

After Andruw’s hot start with the Chi Sox, he has gone 3 for his last 34. His average for the year is down to .216. I was happy to see him do so well for the first five weeks of the season. I thought he had turned back the clock. Unfortunately, like last year in Texas, the hot start might have been a fluke. So … at this point, Andruw might be available, but I’m not sure that he would be an improvement. (The Chi Sox are not putting him in CF all that often …. )

Nate McLouth

June 11th, 2010
2:52 pm

When I’m on the DL, I will be nursing myself back to health with some cold ones and getting up close and personal with some hotties at Swinging Richards!! Can’t wait, love those guys!

the real Old Gold

June 11th, 2010
4:42 pm

I never thought I’d say this but… time to give Schafer another shot..

Brad

June 11th, 2010
4:47 pm

DNice, that’s the complete opposite of what happened here. If both McLouth and Heyward didn’t call each other off than neither of them were sure if they could get to it at the time. Makes no sense to run after a ball calling off another player when that player knows he won’t catch it (doubles in the gap is an example). It wasn’t some lazy pop up; it was in the gap and they were both running full sprint after it. McLouth had the better shot at it but he probably didn’t know until Heyward was on top of him that he’d get to it.

I’m not blaming either player for the collision; it’s an unfortunate incident that does happen in baseball. Orlando Hudson of the Twins collided with Span earlier this year against the Rangers and Hudson was calling for the ball the entire way at 2b. Span never heard him and they clipped and Hudson got hurt.

I just have a feeling that if it was Melky or Blanco that collided with Heyward there wouldn’t be much of a fuss. McLouth is just being picked on because he’s struggling this year, which isn’t right.

You people realize he could’ve broken his neck? But then again, some of you probably wouldn’t care.

braveguy

June 11th, 2010
6:30 pm

doesn’t need to be an outfielder to replace Nate, the club already has Melky and Blanco as CF guys and numerous outfielders. Call up Thurston.

Yogi 2

June 11th, 2010
6:51 pm

Schafer is Gwinnett’s own version of McLouth. Where did the Braves find these BOZO’s . we need to release both, then recruit a hitting coach

Yogi 2

June 11th, 2010
6:54 pm

Thurston is a very good player. Thurston and Mitch Jones should have been called up before Conrad. Jesse Chaves is killing us too. Send him home

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