After gamely hobbling to second base for a key double in the 11th inning Friday night, Troy Glaus got a cortisone injection in his sore left knee and was out of the lineup Saturday.
The big first baseman was the only Brave who’d played in all 80 games before Saturday.
Glaus downplayed the injury, and both he and manager Bobby Cox indicated he could be back in the lineup as soon as Sunday or Monday.
“It’s a little bit angry,” Glaus said. “I had some medicine put in there last night, a very small amount, just to calm it down a little bit. But I’m active and ready to go.”
He leads the Braves with 14 homers, and his 56 RBIs were tied for fifth in the National League before Saturday.
Glaus has proven to be one of the smartest signings of the offseason, a major bargain at a $1.75 million salary (he’ll likely make about double that with several incentives tied to roster time and at-bats).
Despite playing with a sore foot and now sore knee for much of the season, Glaus started 75 of the Braves’ first 80 games, including 73 starts at first base and two at designated hitter.
He pinch-hit in the other five games before Saturday.
“He’s a gamer,” said Cox, and from this manager that’s the highest form of praise. “He won’t say [anything]. He wouldn’t come out of the game if you gave him a 10-year contract.”
Glaus’ bat finally cooled following a torrid stretch. After hitting .316 with 12 homers and 46 RBIs in 47 games from May 1 to June 20, he’s 4-for-34 (.118) with no homers and one RBI in his past 10 games.
A four-time former American League All-Star third baseman and 2002 World Series MVP with Anaheim, Glaus said the Braves’ team chemistry and clubhouse atmosphere is as good as he’s ever experienced.
“The camaraderie, and the fact that everyone is kind of on an even level,” he said. “Everybody rags on everybody. Nobody is exempt. It makes it fun to come to work every day.”
The Braves trailed 3-2 entering the 11th inning Friday. After Brian McCann’s leadoff walk, Glaus doubled and was replaced by pinch-runner Brandon Hicks.
Omar Infante followed with a single to left to drive in both runs for the Braves’ 15th win in their final at-bat, tied with Cincinnati for most in the majors.
The Braves also lead the majors in runs after the sixth inning, with 152.