McLouth goes on DL, Hicks recalled from Triple-A

MINNEAPOLIS – Two days after his collision with right fielder Jason Heyward, center fielder Nate McLouth went on the 15-day disabled list Friday with concussion symptoms, and the Braves planned to recall center fielder  Jordan Schafer from Triple-A Gwinnett.

But the plan changed when utility man Omar Infante fouled a ball off his right foot in the fifth inning Friday night. The Braves announced after the game that shortstop Brandon Hicks would be recalled from Gwinnett instead of Schafer, and would arrive in Minneapolis Saturday.

They don’t think Infante’s foot injury is serious, but even  if if it only sidelines him for a day or two the Braves wanted to make sure they had a backup shortstop.

The initial decision to recall Schafer was a surprise, as Braves officials indicated earlier in the week that Schafer needed to get more at-bats at Gwinnett and keep working to regain his timing. Schafer missed  much of last season with a wrist fracture that required September surgery.

The Braves’ starting center fielder on Opening Day in 2009, Schafer was hitting .213 with four extra-base hits (no homers), four RBIs and a .253 on-base-percentage in 21 games this season at Gwinnett, with 22 strikeouts in 95 at-bats.

Braves general manager Frank Wren explained — before the Infante situation changed things — that the Schafer move was made because of roster constraints. He was the only healthy outfielder on the 40-man roster that they believed could help the team, and Wren said  Schafer would move into the fifth-outfielder role to serve primarily as a late-innings defensive replacement.

Wren said after the game that if Infante is ready to play in a few days, the Braves will reevaluate and decide whether they’re better suited with Hicks or Schafer as the last guy on the bench. For now, they have enough outfielders to get by.

Gregor Blanco’s role will increase, Wren said, with Blanco filling a fourth-outfielder role similar to what Melky Cabrera had early in the season. Cabrera will be the primary center fielder while McLouth is on the DL.

“We’ve got some tightness in our roster that we can’t alleviate easily, so to add another guy to the [40-man] roster would put us in a bind in next week,” Wren said.

The Braves have a pending decision to make regarding Triple-A pitcher Chris Resop, whose contract stipulates that he must be added to the major league team by June 15 (Tuesday) or be traded. If not, he can opt for free agency.

The Braves aren’t sure how long McLouth will be sidelined. “With head injuries, you just don’t know,” Wren said.

“I’m still dizzy, like if I get up and move around,” said McLouth, who said he had not been told if he had a concussion. “But they’ve treated it that way.”

While McLouth’s away, most of the playing time is expected to to Eric Hinske in left and Cabrera in center, with Blanco likely to start some in center. He’s a strong defensive center fielder.

“He’s not going to get well anytime soon,” Cox said of McLouth.

McLouth is about 70 pounds lighter than the 245-pound Heyward, with whom he collided when both sprinted to the right-center gap chasing a fly ball by Arizona’s Gerardo Parra in the eighth inning Wednesday. Parra circled the bases while McLouth lay dazed and Heyward scrambled to retrieve the ball.

McLouth flipped over Heyward and hit the back of his head on the ground when he landed. He still had a headache Friday, although not as severe as what he’d felt for the 24 or so hours after the incident.

“I’m definitely symptomatic, but I have not heard the word ‘concussion’ used,” McLouth said Friday, as he sat on a couch in the visitor’s clubhouse at Target Field before the Braves’ series opener against Minnesota. “The doctor said they don’t really grade concussions as severe or minor anymore. Either you have one or you don’t.”

It’s another bad turn in what’s been a disappointing season for the center fielder, who has hit just .176 (second-lowest among National league regulars) with three homers, 14 RBIs and 46 strikeouts in 170 at-bats. He was 5-for-50 in his past 18 games.

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Jeremiah

June 11th, 2010
7:52 pm

Jeremiah

June 11th, 2010
7:53 pm

Hope McLouth is Ok. Go Braves!

Jash

June 11th, 2010
7:54 pm

I wish they would play Infante in CF while McClouth is out. He is a much better hitter, and I think he can hold his own out there compared to Melky defensively. Melky should not be anything more than a platoon player as he is now in LF with Hinske.

Brave4life-1995 all over again

June 11th, 2010
7:57 pm

I wanna see MItch Jones

Asheville Dawg

June 11th, 2010
8:05 pm

aw, shucks, Get better McClouth

Pete

June 11th, 2010
8:09 pm

Leave him there.

Jt

June 11th, 2010
8:18 pm

Blessing in disguise-for HIM and the Braves. His struggles have to be weighing on him and the Braves, as patient as they are, have to start making playing time decisions. He needs to sit back, relieve pressure and figure it out.

Mr. Enigma

June 11th, 2010
8:23 pm

Take your time, Nate.

GameCock Brave

June 11th, 2010
8:25 pm

Nate, please do not try to rush back from this type of injury. Please take two – three weeks to get you head clear then spend another two weeks on a minor league rehab assignment to build you confidence back.

chin music

June 11th, 2010
8:29 pm

jordan schafer up to the big club in nate’s absence, according to jim powell, whom frank wren just visited in the booth….

Jash

June 11th, 2010
8:32 pm

I hope they start Schafer every day. Give him another chance.

Clusters beat me up the year he was state championship

June 11th, 2010
8:33 pm

These injurys are very bad. I would shut Nate down, for the duration of his contract,

joe jones

June 11th, 2010
8:33 pm

McClouth will get more hits on the DL

gcs

June 11th, 2010
8:42 pm

After his DL stint is over, he should probably go to Gwinnett for a month or so, just to make sure he is okay.

He needs to take it nice & slow. We wouldn’t want him to rush back.

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JMar

June 11th, 2010
8:47 pm

There isn’t some old man trying to get back into baseball that we could sign? Even McLouth is better than Schafer.

Jt

June 11th, 2010
8:50 pm

Chip just said that shaffer is coming.

Reid in EAV

June 11th, 2010
8:50 pm

Nothing but love for Nate in here. Wow.

cheshire

June 11th, 2010
8:52 pm

McLouth already has more at-bats than Schafer did when Schafer was sent down last year… Schafer’s BA was 28 points higher than McLouth’s.

I’m not arguing for Schafer to be our starting CF, but if you are between the two, it’s hard to argue that McLouth is a better option. Right now McLouth is one of the few centerfielders who actually makes Schafer look like an improvement. He’s just been that bad.

Braves20

June 11th, 2010
8:59 pm

.216 (Schafer’s BA in AAA) translates to what in the show?

jj

June 11th, 2010
9:01 pm

I am quite sure Schafer will get a start this weekend while Gregor has been up for quite a while now and has not started a game.Only the Chosen in The ATL.I don’t think Ole Bobby will disappoint me and let Melky play everyday as he did McLouth.

JJ

June 11th, 2010
9:06 pm

good point braves 20. i think mclouth has had too much pressure, he needs to relax and take his time back. he’s my favorite player, show him some love guys.

MclOUTh

June 11th, 2010
9:18 pm

JJ…you need to find another favorite player or you are going to be one depressed individual!

Snickerz

June 11th, 2010
9:20 pm

What is it about Nate McLouth’s game would make him someone’s fav player? Just curious. He does seem like a nice enough guy, but I think Schafer is just as fast and athletic, and Schafer def has a stronger arm.

Ralph

June 11th, 2010
9:34 pm

Schafer is an excellent replacement for McOut, Cox wanted someone who is just as bad as Mc and Schafer was they only one they could find, Cox still misses Norton real bad so maby this will help him get over it.

Churchy

June 11th, 2010
9:35 pm

McLouth is fine. The collision proves to be a gracefull way to bench him for a few weeks. I think they were thinking of a way to get him on the DL. Everyone involved in this understands that this is the case and that McLouth didn’t have any symptoms of a concussion.
Personally, I think it’s a good move. Hopefully, this will help out McLouth.

Yogi 2

June 11th, 2010
10:00 pm

I can’t believe Schafer.. If Wren would release Schafer and Chaves we would clear roster space. this is the most stupid reason for bringing that jerk up. Wren is a Joke

Yogi 2

June 11th, 2010
10:01 pm

Ralph you need to be Wrens repacement

Justafan

June 11th, 2010
10:18 pm

Only reason he’s up is he was on 40 man roster. M Jones is not, what a joke.
Braves just lost 2-1 to Twins

jj

June 11th, 2010
10:22 pm

Mac or whoever you are,I have no fav,I am just a Brave fan that gets his joy from above and is deff not depressed over who olays or who don’t.I just call it as I see it and believe me I have seen it a lot.Will Melky get to play everyday or will we see someone new?

bob

June 11th, 2010
10:30 pm

heyward must really be hurt…another night with 4 strikeouts…sounds as though he should be headed to the DL for some rest…the last thing that the team needs is to allow a minor injury to turn to a major one….if the team can not play 500 ball with jay hey on the DL then there are real issues here.

Chief

June 11th, 2010
10:34 pm

Schafer played with a broken wrist last year and still posted a better batting average than mclouth. He’s plus-plus defensively with a great arm, and is just as good at the plate as gregor blanco, mitch jones, or whoever else you want to put there

BOISESTATEBRONCO

June 11th, 2010
10:44 pm

Leave McStrikeout in AAA. Schafer couldn’t do any worse. Also, does J-Hey look over-matched lately?? Give him a day off!!

too bad but........

June 11th, 2010
10:56 pm

Schafer isn’t coming……with injury to Omar they need an infielder……Hicks coming back.

Brad

June 11th, 2010
11:00 pm

Fans need I remind you Schafer struck out A LOT last year as well when he was up here.

Besides, it’s Hicks coming up now, not Schafer.

Ray Parker Jr.

June 12th, 2010
12:03 am

McLouth’s biggest hit of the season knocked him out for 15 days.

Ray Parker Jr.

June 12th, 2010
12:05 am

Forget McLouth and Schafer! If Braves want to make the playoffs Wren needs to go out and get a real centerfielder. It is Bobby’s last shot Frank. Make it happen!!

Justafan

June 12th, 2010
12:27 am

Thanks Ray Parker Jr.

stuart

June 12th, 2010
12:37 am

God works in mysterious ways. The idiot Cox wasn’t going to sit McLouth so God took it into his hands

jed

June 12th, 2010
1:11 am

wouldnt mind seeing what blanco could do with a few back-to-back starts.

Delmar

June 12th, 2010
1:35 am

Wonder if we can get anything in a trade of Melky/McLouth and Resop, even if it’s only prospects. When Diaz gets back we’re going to have a crowded outfield, assuming he and Hinke would be the platoon vs LHP and RHP respectively.

Kyle

June 12th, 2010
1:58 am

guys dont put much stock in what schafer did in the majors last year, he was playing most of the time with a hurt wrist.

!

June 12th, 2010
6:58 am

yeah, take stock in what he did when he was possibly involved in PEDs

Let's Go

June 12th, 2010
7:17 am

Why all the Melky haters? In the last month he has played very well, he’s raised his average 60 points in the last month and went 7 for 14 in the Arizona series starting 3 of the games. I know he no gold glover but he’s made some really nice defensive plays in the outfield this year too. Also, his 256 BA is like 5th or 6th on the team right now so we might should be glad we have him instead of wishing he was somewhere else.

RGP

June 12th, 2010
7:19 am

Let Blanco take Mclouths place. He can hit and field.

mike

June 12th, 2010
7:49 am

McClouth is the new Norton! I Hope he’s ok….but doesn’t come back soon.

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TROTTINGHOME

June 12th, 2010
8:13 am

Some of you semi skilled people need to get run over by a bull so your boss can go find a real worker…and we can post sh@t about you.

jerry

June 12th, 2010
8:44 am

Bottom line, they don’t have a decent center fielder anywhere.

Dnice

June 12th, 2010
8:55 am

This is another one of those great plays by Heyward that goes unnoticed in the scorebook LMAO. We will look back later and say that this was the same as a 3 run homer.

bbua

June 12th, 2010
8:58 am

Fair weather fans – The fans who are down on McLouth are the same ones who were down on Glaus and now he is your hero. Go back to rooting for the bulldogs.

Kenny J

June 12th, 2010
9:22 am

I am up for a trade with Kansas City. Chris Resop for Alex Gordon. Gordon’s been learning LF in Triple A, but he’s basically a third baseman. He’s been a disappointment so far in the majors, but they say he’s swinging with authority for the first time in a few years at any level, and he’s tearing it up for average and power. It’s a good minor leaguer for minor leaguer trade with potential upside on both counts – and may both parties win. I’ll always love Chipper, but the 38 year old version of him is done. He’s hurting the team. A .214 average the past month and .228 for the year. These Bravos have enough team talent to go into October, but that #3 hole will hold us back. A dilemma for Frank and Bobby, because Chipper gets the honor he deserves — to me it’s Chipper’s call, and he clearly isn’t making it.

J Weihrauch

June 12th, 2010
9:36 am

@Kenny J – I liked the idea of that trade, considering our pitching is young with the guys we have and the two guys we have in the A class right now that are pitching lights out. JJ, Hanson and Medlin are going to be our 1,2,3 options in a few years and I believe we will have the best top three pitchers in the game. (If they continue to play like they have been).

Chip is holding us back. He has to be the man and step down in the lineup. I am tired of hearing about his OBP…this doesn’t drive in runs. We need the three hole hitter to be driving in runs. It should be Glaus, Mccann, Escobar for 3,4,5. I believe Escobar has found his groove and we need to put him higher in the lineup.

Buzz

June 12th, 2010
10:06 am

Yeah, getting ahold of a young 3B (Gordon) and a real CF would be deluxe.

I think the Braves are trying to swing something for an older CF, maybe Johnny Damon? He would be serviceable for a year and could be spelled by Blanco when he’s tired.

KK for Damon straight up. Then you have a leadoff hitter and OK center fielder. Use Blanco as defensive replacement.

Then trade Medlen and Resop for Gordon. Use Venters as your 5th starter. He’s better than Medlen.

The Braves rotation would still be strong. Hudson-Hanson-JJ-Lowe-Venters.

GTSteve

June 12th, 2010
10:19 am

@Kenny J, sounds good to me, the Braves have no room for Resop, need to move him and one of the extra outfielders and try to get a little help, even if it is a AAA player that hasn’t proven much yet. The Braves won’t be able to get a big prospect in return, but maybe somebody like Gordon that they have just about given up on……Unfortunately they will need Chipper;s blessing on this…

GTSteve

June 12th, 2010
10:28 am

The Rays have 2 third basemen in AAA, that could help, and they have ZERO chance of going to the Rays with Longoria at third.

Love the Braves in NC

June 12th, 2010
10:39 am

Well, darn…I was really anticipating Schafer in the line-up tonight.

coach smith

June 12th, 2010
10:42 am

Time to get serious and TRADE RESOP, SCHAFER, and a PTBL to the White Sox (who are openly shopping everyone) for ANDRUW JONES and MARK TEAHEN (3b)!!!!

coach smith

June 12th, 2010
10:43 am

bbua

except for the fact that Glaus was struggling for 3-4 weeks and NATE McLouth has been in this funk since the start of spring training

Bill Stanfill

June 12th, 2010
10:46 am

It’s unfortunate, but maybe McLouth’s injury will force Cox out of his stubborn loyalty (his major flaw as a manager). McLouth’s a good outfielder but he simply hasn’t gotten it done at the plate. After he recovers he needs to go down to the minors and see if he can get his swing straightened out and get his brain straightened out with thinking he can hit homeruns.

I can accept Melky as a for-now centerfielder. With Blanco filling in here and there. If he hits, he should be given more time. Schafer’s not ready–he needs to prove he can hit minor league pitching first. And surely Wren is looking at possibe outfielders to trade for.

Why isn’t the farm system producing outfielders? Except for the Phenom in right field, can anyone remember the last time the system produced a major league outfielder?

I haven’t heard anything about Diaz–anybody know when he may return?

Wes

June 12th, 2010
10:54 am

McLouth put on DL. Still went 0-4

Wes

June 12th, 2010
10:56 am

Buzz – Venters in the rotation would also give us the first hard throwing lefty in the rotation since…….well….ever

Wes

June 12th, 2010
10:56 am

coach smith – McLouth’s been in this funk since his first day in a Brave uniform

Rich Clary

June 12th, 2010
10:58 am

Returning Andruw Jones to Atlanta might be an idea… We would certainly be the sentimental favorites in the playoff mix…

Bill Stanfill

June 12th, 2010
11:19 am

Resop has pitched so well (he gave up 1 hit in 8 innings in his last start) that maybe the Braves should give him a legitimate shot on their staff. 162 games is a long season–the bullpen has already shown signs of wear and tear.

Vizcaino, the 20 y.o. pittcher the Braves got from the Yankees in the Vasquez trade, has been promoted to Myrtle Beach after some brilliant pitching with Rome. Our minor league pitching prospects are looking very strong.

john

June 12th, 2010
11:22 am

Braves still in FIRST PACE -so must be doing somethings right.

They are a little beat up (McClouth,Infante,Diaz,Saito,Glaus,Prado,etc.) and tired(Moylan,Chipper,Wagner) now but will be home with day off Monday.-tough schedule with pressure packed games mostly against Teams that are playing great baseball.

Let’s see what happens next two weeks-Twins,Rays,KC,CWS,Det.

Maybe Diaz could be back by July 4th (he is probably only Brave who could hit the Mn. Lefthander or any good LHP))-Schafer not coming up-Braves need to go outside Gwinnett for Players-Jurrgens back in two weeks-things looking up?

Heyward is excellent-he is 20 years old-outstanding outfield play(needs to work on throwing), should not be in #2 or #3 Batting Slot now but Bobby needed help-Better LHP in Majors especially tough for 20 year old LHH – Hey Kid is for real-next Chipper or Griffey,Jr. and a Brave.

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Dale in NC

June 12th, 2010
1:52 pm

GameCock Brave- “Nate, please do not try to rush back from this type of injury. Please take two – three weeks to get your head clear then spend another two months on a minor league rehab assignment to build your confidence back.”

FIXED

Perry

June 12th, 2010
1:56 pm

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Justin

June 12th, 2010
2:19 pm

I would love it if the Braves would trade for Andruw Jones. He is not going to hit for .300, but he supplies a lot of power and excellent defense. He lost a ton of weight in the off-season and looks like some of his speed has returned. I would love to see him in a Braves uniform again.

Kyle

June 12th, 2010
2:54 pm

man some of you guys are nuts. i thought i made dumb trade ideas. kk for damon? why on earth would the tigers do that? resop for gordon? why on earth would the royals do that? besides gordon is being moved to the of. and why trade medlin? we need to keep good players not deal them away

marc

June 12th, 2010
3:21 pm

if andruw jones comes back what number will he be? I dont think glaus is giving up 25.

Brad

June 12th, 2010
3:50 pm

Wes, no he hasn’t. Maybe to you he has. In 2009 with Pittsburgh he hit .256; in 2009 with Atlanta he hit .257. So, he wasn’t in his funk when we got him. His funk started this year.

Buzz

June 12th, 2010
9:39 pm

Wes- Avery and Merker could bring it. But yeah, the Braves seem to love soft tossers. Hall of Famers sometimes (Maddux, Glavine), but still soft tossers.

Kyle — Pitching is much in demand, that is why the Tigers, who have too many outfielders would trade away Damon, who is basically a light-hitting DH for them. And a starting pitcher (Medlen) is worth more than a AAA 3b (Gordon).

JJ

June 14th, 2010
10:04 pm

according to my sources, mclouth had vision problems in spring training, and now has a wrist problem. this is a good time for him to rest.

also, according to my sources, mccann has occasional vision problems, but he says his eyesight is getting better.

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