Glaus out of lineup to rest sore knee

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.

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VP

July 3rd, 2010
5:53 pm

A well deserved day off for Mr. Glaus. For all the flak he took around here, he sure zipped up everybody’s mouths.

Road Dog

July 3rd, 2010
6:19 pm

I totally agree. He must not have read the blogs, or the posts, or the papers. Stand up guy all around! A baseball player. Proved everyone wrong and is playing for peanuts. That’s a baseball player! Must love the game beyond all reason…..

jcwfalcon

July 3rd, 2010
6:25 pm

Did I just hear Dick Stockton refer to Jair Jurrjens as “YAR Jurrjens”? It was as Hanson was being replaced. Is YAR a Pirate or a Brave?

Steve From Dalton

July 3rd, 2010
6:39 pm

After the first 3 weeks of the season, I was scratching my head on the Troy Glaus signing and was looking to see what Freddy Freeman’s numbers were. I am glad I was wrong. Glaus plays hurt and seems to be the ultimate team guy. A type of player that Bobby Cox likes.

The torrid streak Glaus went on did not hurt things.

ScoutDawg

July 3rd, 2010
6:45 pm

Yeah, all the people on here who hate on Bobby for showing loyalty now need to shut up! Along with Chipper, Glaus would not only have been benched but run out of town if all of these Bobby haters had had their way. So you see sometimes players work their way out of a funk, and sometimes they don’t, but when they do it is something to see. Also, i think in my opinion that it does work out as often as it doesn’t. Just think back to the beginning of Smoltz’s career when it got so bad he had to seek therapy. Most of the Bobby haters on here would have been screaming for Bobby’s head and to ride Smoltz out of town on a rail, along with the return of Doyle Alexander.

rfgh

July 3rd, 2010
6:45 pm

Glaus, Hinske, Prado, Conrad, Hudson. Seem to be great BASEBALL players and teammates.

Peanuts?

July 3rd, 2010
6:52 pm

$3 mil is peanuts?

VP

July 3rd, 2010
6:59 pm

Compared what the rest of baseball’s top sluggers are making, yes it is peanuts. Remember it’s all relative.

jim

July 3rd, 2010
7:06 pm

Anyone with TV access today,

How did Hanson look? How was his fastball, was he getting most of his Ks with fastballs or sliders?
Just yet another reason to hate FOX!

Jeff

July 3rd, 2010
7:12 pm

Well…I’ll be the first to say that I was very critical of Glaus in the early going and I’m glad to see him turn it around (although, he seems to be in a funk as of late). At any rate, regarding Bobby Cox and his loyalty, I STILL believe this is one of his downfalls….as well as some of his decision making in the post season. The one thing he seems to be doing differently this year compared to recent years is he seems to be letting his starters go deeper into the game now. Seems like the last few years, he would ALWAYS pull his starter in the 6th inning even if he was still pitching well….drove me nuts!

Jeff

July 3rd, 2010
7:14 pm

Yes…we understand that it’s “relative”, but that’s a very “loose” way to describe 1.5 million dollars…LOL

Jborodawg

July 3rd, 2010
7:28 pm

“…letting his starters go deeper into the game now…”
Won’t be long before someone complains about that.

HOF manager and some o’ yall think you know more about managing than Bobby? Yeah, right.

JohnSmith

July 3rd, 2010
8:08 pm

Troy Glaus has turned into one of the best mistake hitters in the league. Still, with the Braves bench, there’s no reason not to give him some time off if he needs it.

Doug

July 3rd, 2010
8:10 pm

I was one of those wailing in despair at the end of April. I still don’t know if this bunch can go deep (let alone go at all) into the post season, but they have provided more exciting baseball these last two months than we have seen for a lot of years. For that I am very grateful. They are a gritty bunch of compatible professionals and a joy to watch. I hope they can gut it out and continue this for the whole season!

BravesFan

July 3rd, 2010
8:25 pm

Where are all the “Fire Frank Wren” whiners?! GO BRAVES!!

Mathman

July 3rd, 2010
9:12 pm

Let’s hold off on the applause for Wrenn. He still has 4 guys not producing much on 45 million: Chipper, McLouse, KK, and Lowe. It still figures that Wrenn and Cox will do something stupid like send Blanco back to the minors when McLouse says he is ready.

This team is playing well. Some of the individuals are in huge slumps again: Escobar, Glaus, Hinske, Melke to name 4. Chipper and McCann still not producing like All Stars. So, it is early yet to celebrate. The Latin players: Prado, Blanco, and Infante are producing though and winning games. So, too, is the pitching.

steveP

July 3rd, 2010
9:21 pm

DOB

Is Glaus on this team next year as 3rd baseman?

Mathman

July 3rd, 2010
9:45 pm

You must be kidding, asking if Glaus could play 3B. Have you seen him limping and hobbling and committing throwing errors at first? Seriously, the Braves did put Hinske over at 3B once early this season and he was ok, but not big league ok. Hinske is by far, the better athlete of the two. Glaus could never go back to 3B. Any quickness he may have had, is long gone.

Charlie Lau

July 3rd, 2010
9:56 pm

A big reason for that clubhouse camaraderie and everyone feeling they are on the same level is the attitude of Chipper Jones. A lot of players with the status and accomplishments of Chipper would be more egocentric and not allow others to be on his level. Poke fun at his injuries and missed time if you will, but Chipper does so many little things that do not make the statistics but make this team into a champion.

Go Braves!

Will

July 3rd, 2010
10:02 pm

@Mathman: You got it all figured out huh?
Glaus can certainly play third base again and probably better than Henske or several others.

Jo-Bu

July 3rd, 2010
10:44 pm

On 3B for next season. The Braves have lots of options for next year at this position. Add Prado to that mix because as good at 2B as he is, he’s even better at third.

northbeach Scott

July 3rd, 2010
11:24 pm

The Glaus signing was brilliant, he just needed some time this spring to get his power stroke and timing back. He was bound to cool off after that wonderful 7-8 week stretch, but it sure was fun to watch.

Hope Glaus is not selected to the All-Star game, as he needs to recouperate and get ready for the second half run. I would like to see Cox rest Troy one more day so that he can tee off on the Phillies lefty starters in that cracker box ballpark M-W.

A day off on Thursday and then three crucial games against the scummy Mets. The three day break should get him ready to crush the lousy Brew crew starters.

DiamondbackMac

July 4th, 2010
12:56 am

Escobar coming up on web gems.

Yeah I said it and GO BRAVES!!!

July 4th, 2010
12:56 am

I’m so tired of these fair weather Braves fans who love to hate bobby and love to hate every brave when they are going through a slump, it’s getting ridculous. Just lay off the Braves they know what they are doing, and so does future hof Bobby Cox. So if we lose a game or two don’t press the panic button, we are about to get the half way point of the season and from there it’s the road to the playoffs. I think this years Braves team can go all the way. So to all of the Braves fans who love to slam every brave when they are losing just chill out and give them a chance. GO BRAVES!!!!

big o

July 4th, 2010
1:26 am

That was a great play by Escobar to end game !!! It’s early guys but I like our team. I do think we need another bat. To put on the other outfield slot to go along with Blanco and Heyward. Yes Im saying keep Blanco and trade Mcclouth at deadline. We Need to cut down on errors I think thats 6 in last two games. That ..ish will get you beat against a playoff team. I love the bullpen and what appears to be the best bench in the game. Screw this allstar ..ish lets get to the second half. I say we win the division by 3 to 4 games. Go Bravos !!!!

Alan 10

July 4th, 2010
7:59 am

C’mon, somebody has got to say it, give Wren his due, Glaus, Wagner, Hinski and Saito. GOOD JOB !!!!!!!!!!!

Alan 10

July 4th, 2010
8:02 am

and Melky !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

#31

July 4th, 2010
8:31 am

and not signing A.J. Burnett of Griffey

#31

July 4th, 2010
8:32 am

wait, he tried but they didn’t want to be here. Some things work out for the best.

Mathman

July 4th, 2010
12:05 pm

The Braves do indeed have several options for 3B if Chipper retires. Glaus however isn’t one of them. No way. It is looking more like Glaus will be a DH in the American League next year. It is also looking more like Wrenn struck gold on Glaus for the shortterm. He is in the middle of another slump and his average is headed into the .255 range.

3B options: Conrad, Infante, Prado, Thurston, Hicks, a FA or a trade.

bobby

July 4th, 2010
12:07 pm

I have always thought Tim McCarver and Joe Morgan was as bad as it could get but after hearing Stockton and Grace yesterday I stand corrected. They couldn’t even read what was on the teleprompter.

RockytopATL

July 4th, 2010
1:09 pm

Bobby, I could not agree more. First, Stockton says Chipper “has announced he is retiring,” which could not be further from the truth. Later, he has the wrong Brave stealing second, he mispronounces names and just plain old rambles. And Grace is clearly a moron. They make Mr. Obvious McCarver sound like Vin Scully.

And Big o, what are you smoking? Do you really think anybody would trade for McLouth? Yeah, they’d be lining up to get a centerfielder hitting .176 who strikes out one of every three at bats?

Jeff

July 4th, 2010
1:40 pm

Melky in a slump?? To qualify for being in a slump means at one point you have been “producing” and now you are not. Let’s just be honest and call it what it is: Melky stinks. McClouth?? Well, any guy with a name like McClouth is going to be brutal.

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