McLouth cleared to begin rehab assignment Friday

Center fielder Nate McLouth was cleared by Braves doctors Tuesday to begin a minor league rehabilitation assignment Friday in Triple-A Gwinnett. McLouth has been out since June 9 when he suffered a concussion colliding with Jason Heyward in the outfield in Arizona.

His headaches had subsided by last week but the last hurdle doctors wanted him to clear was being able to conquer the dizziness he was feeling when he took batting practice outdoors in the heat. McLouth saw improvement with that as last week went on and got the OK from doctors after an examination Tuesday in Atlanta.

If all goes well on the rehab assignment, McLouth could rejoin the Braves shortly after the All-Star break.

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Tron5000

July 7th, 2010
12:39 am

Tron5000

July 7th, 2010
12:41 am

In all honesty, I’m not really sure how my brain interprets this news. Good for Nate, but the Bravos have done OK without him. Not sure how his sub-.180 BA fits into the lineup right now, but I hope the guy can get it together and be a contributor for this team. Sure seems to be a fun season to miss out on.

Kane337

July 7th, 2010
1:17 am

Nate can be a left handed pinch hitter off the bench and a late inning defensive replacement. That is all IMO.

yogi berra

July 7th, 2010
1:38 am

We have three better replacements in Gwinnett. mitch jones, taveras and
j. anderson. i don’t see Mclouth coming back. we need to trade Schafer and McLouth the braves are overstcked with fringe outfielders that are better than McLouth or Schafer. time to trade a couple of relievers and outfielders.Also dont forget Diory Hernandez and Mike Dunn are ready for the major league team

broncs

July 7th, 2010
2:03 am

Horrible horrible news. Does anyone want to see this guy taking at bats away from infante, blanco or even diaz???

Bravo-n-Knoxville

July 7th, 2010
4:56 am

best news in quite sometime regarding Nater…maybe now we can send nater and a stud pitching prospect like delgado or viscaino for hart if the brewers would bite.hart is signed thru 2011…so do not give up teheran or minor since they are 1)healthy 2)higher prospects needing groomed for atlanta in 2011 and 2012 rotation and 3)hart isn’t signed to a long-term deal so that negates giving them 1 of our 2 best premium arms (teheran and minor)…imo.

Runnin

July 7th, 2010
6:48 am

I’m not too excited about his return either, unless of course he comes back hitting. You never know, the collision and recovery may have cleared out his cobwebs and re-set his hitting eye. Unfortunately, the opposite is more likely.

L.B. 4 the Braves

July 7th, 2010
6:58 am

Broncs, you answer is a resounding no, no and let me think…….No!! I agree completely, Nate has been an inning killer since the start of the season. You know how starting pitchers devise a game plan versus their upcoming opponent and figure out where they can “go to” in the batting order for outs? “Leading off and playing center field……….Nate McLouth!!!”

Stuart

July 7th, 2010
7:55 am

GAWD no. You know Cox will play him. Does he have pics of Wren and Cox together?

robdawg08

July 7th, 2010
8:18 am

If Cox puts Nate back into CF over Blanco hitting .300+ then Cox needs to be shot (figuratively). Nate should be traded immediately or released.

John Tucker

July 7th, 2010
8:22 am

Gregor Blamco’s recent performance with the bat has rendered McClouth superfluous. I hope nate’s okay, but bringing him bck to Braves this season is nothing but a distraction and a weakening of the outfield roster.

Gil In Mechanicsville

July 7th, 2010
8:26 am

Stuart Does he have pics of Wren and Cox together?

No, but he does have procession of a boatload of the Braves’ Benjamins…

dap01

July 7th, 2010
8:44 am

Let him have an extended stay in the minors. He needs to improve not just get back to his previous level.

Keep him there a month!

reno

July 7th, 2010
9:23 am

McClouth is done as major-leaguer unless he chooses to drastically overhaul his swing. He will not be successful with his rigidly “upright” stance and uppercut swing. Check out Chipper – as he has aged he has increased his “crouch” and “leans into” the pitch more. With McClouth’s belatedly admitted vision problems and his refusal to adapt his stance and swing mechanics more to his body type, he has become what he has demonstrated himself to be over the past year or more with Braves – and that is not a major league hitter worthy of a roster spot. Sad, yes. But abundantly evident.

. Don

July 7th, 2010
9:32 am

“McLouth will be back with the team after the All Star break”.
Glad that he is no longer injured.
But is he being back with the team supposed to be good news or bad news?
After all, he is hitting .176 for the season
What will they do with him?
Will Cox go back to playing him as a regular?
The main thing that I do not understand relating to Braves and McLouth is: — Every since they acquired him, people keep saying over and over that they hope he will return to form or that he just needs to return to form. WHAT FOR??? He has hit in the .250s or below in every season he has played except one.

. Don

July 7th, 2010
9:39 am

Just what Booby needs in order to blow some more games.
Anyone out there who thinks the Boob won’t use him?

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bry22

July 7th, 2010
9:48 am

Neither Blanco or Mclouth will be able to take the Braves to the playoffs as starting CF’er. We are one solid CF’er away from the being the best team in the NL. I have no idea who they can get, but light hitting Blanco and no hitting McLouth are not even close to 2nd half solution for everyday CF.

bvillebaron

July 7th, 2010
10:07 am

Unfortunately folks I got this feeling that Blanco will perform just as he has when he has been called up during the past several years. Start out hot, get everybody all excited about him, and then come back to earth with a thud. Despite his miserable start, I for one think McLouth is a better player than he has shown so far and look forward to his return. In any event, anyone who thinks Blanco is a better player than McLouth needs a reality check.

Darrell

July 7th, 2010
10:18 am

I agree with byr22, remmeber what happened when we picked up a centerfielder named Marquis Grissom in 1995!!!!!!!!

Let's Go

July 7th, 2010
10:21 am

I think Nate McLouth from 2 years ago is a better player than Blanco but the Nate McLouth that has been with the Braves for a complete season now isn’t cutting it. He’s played in 141 games and he’s hitting 216 with 14 HR’s and 50 RBI’s and he’s 50% in stolen bases. Blanco may not take us to the promise land but he’s the best CF we have right now.

Braves82

July 7th, 2010
10:29 am

Blanco is another version of Melky, but with speed. He does nothing for this team!

Nate McClouth

July 7th, 2010
10:46 am

Why are you guys so mean to me,I was told that that you were friendly fans.I would rather go back to Pittsburg,oh they do not want me either.oh well.

Largo

July 7th, 2010
10:55 am

I hope Nate is ok with the head injury. I’ve always liked him. He has had some big problems hitting the ball but there is no better defensive CF. It’s pretty watching him run down and make an impossible catch. He has saved a few runs with his speed.

Dee

July 7th, 2010
11:18 am

I have to admit that I’m not really all that excited about Nate rejoining the team. :roll: I mean, we obviously have a good thing going right now. Why screw it up by adding a player who cannot hit?

Mike in Marietta

July 7th, 2010
11:20 am

Blanco has been a regular in the lineup for a decent amount of time now and he’s still hitting well over .300. I say we stick with him.

J

July 7th, 2010
11:54 am

Doubt he can hit AAA Pitching..Send him to A ball or maybe the Appalachian League

[...] Nate McLouth has been cleared to begin a rehab assignment and will report to Triple A Gwinnett on Friday. McLouth had been suffering from concussion like symptoms ever since his collision with teammate Jason Heyward on June 9th. [...]

Chip Caray's Eyebrows

July 7th, 2010
1:18 pm

Defnitely needs to be outrighted to Gwinnett once his rehab is done. You just can’t have someone trying to fix such fundamental flaws in their swing/approach durring a pennant race, while at the same time he won’t make a throw from the outfield in any situation for some unknown reason. Anyone who suggests trading him is on something because no one is taking that contract with out the Braves eating most of it. If you’re going to be paying the guy, why not let him work it out for you in the minors? But to just send right back up with that horrible average and take at bats away from guys who are swinging well, that’s just bad business.

I second the earlier comment on Blanco. He always does this. He is a streaky guy. The Braves should ride the wave now, but realize he is what he is, a speedy slap hitter who is a fourth outfielder. Nothing wrong with using his bat when he’s hot, but some folks suggesting he’s some kind of solution for a championship contending team is funny.

bvillebaron

July 7th, 2010
1:39 pm

Chip Caray’s Eyebrows:

With respect to your comment about McLouth needing to be sent to Gwinnett so he can correct “fundamental flaws in his swing”, what MLB team did you serve as the hitting coach? Why don’t we wait to see how he does on his rehab assignment before we tell Braves management what to do with him? Besides, my guess is that unfortunately Blanco will no longer be “swinging well” by the time McLouth ends his rehab assignment.

Chip Caray's Eyebrows

July 7th, 2010
2:42 pm

bvillebaron, gee I don’t know, I have simply seen just about every game this year he has played in, and seen his statistics. I have heard borth TP and Joe Simpson (former Major Leaguer) cry out in disgust for Nate’s refusal to go to left field and refusal to take a smaller swing and his refusal to take a more level swing. I am not major league hitting coach, you are correct. But I know a little about hitting, and I certainly listen to people who know a heck of a lot about hitting, and the consensus is you can’t hit when you simply refuse to hit the ball to half the field (Andruw Jones, Jeff Francouer anyone?). You can’t hit when you dip your back shoulder on every swing (Again Andruw Jones), which creates an upper cut. This greatly reduces the amount of time the bat is in the hitting zone, resulting in much fewer quality contacts with the baseball. While Nate always did this to some extent, for some reason he has greatly increased them while in Atlanta, and it has all come to ahead this year. My point was this team can’t afford to have him wailing away like he did before he was hurt (did you watch how he was hurting the team with those critical at bats that come empty in Arizona?) hoping he figures something out. He needs to work on is mechanics on a level where the big league club doesn’t lose its momentum. Not to mention the fact that concussuons are messy deals and it takes A LONG time to get 100% back. I do agree with your point on Blanco, he is in a hot streak that will probably end in a week or so.

Space Monkey

July 7th, 2010
2:53 pm

He should stay in the minors.

Cornfuzed

July 7th, 2010
3:31 pm

I think we need to go get a legit CF. We can make do in LF with a platoon of Hinske/Melky/Diaz, but we need another solid hitter. Nate is an average defensive CF at this point in his career, but he’s done as a major league hitter. We would do better to have Tim Hudson hit in his place at the rate he’s played the last 150 games. This year may be the Braves’ best chance in the next several to get a ring. It’s time to pull the trigger.

Marc in FL

July 7th, 2010
3:44 pm

I have this funny feeling we’ll make a strong push for BJ Upton. Dunno if we’ll get him or if he’ll even be an improvement, but I could see the Braves FO making a push for him. He’s still young with tons of potential and gives us a CF for a while. They may end up trying to get a SS though – ya never know.

Tomahawk'n

July 7th, 2010
3:51 pm

package McLouth and Escobar and one of the pitchers that the Braves got in the Vasquez deal in a deal to get a legit OF with power or SS or 3B with power. If you get a SS, put Infante at SS or 2B (with Prado at the other position). The Braves despirately need another power bat in the lineup. Last night was a prime example of needing more pop. They almost lost the game giving up 3 hits, with the Braves having 12 hits.

SCBravesFan

July 7th, 2010
4:35 pm

Certainly agree with the majority of the comments here…

Glad Nate is better.

Not sure how he helps us down the stretch. Can’t see him starting as long as Blanco continues to swing the bat as well as he has been since he’s been called up. Nate is NOT an upgrade defensively over Gregor. And right now, Blanco is hitting .327 and Nate is hitting .176.

If the Braves keep Nate, I think he’s a left-handed pinch hitter and late inning defensive replacement unless someone gets hurt or goes into a prolonged slump…

Ed Glennon

July 7th, 2010
5:27 pm

I think Nate needs the rest of the year to rest.

Ebenezer Snerdberg

July 7th, 2010
5:34 pm

Stuart,
Of course he does. He got them from Norton!

LWells2000

July 7th, 2010
5:42 pm

Stop the [possible] bleeding now~! Do not pass Go…Do not collect $100…send McLouth and his dollar and change batting average to Gwinnett~!

Braves95

July 7th, 2010
5:47 pm

Seriously, how much can we now pay off a useless player, say Melky Cabrera, to run into Nate really hard so they both get re-injured and neither can steal at bats from better hitters such as Infante and Blanco.

Terrible news about McClouth.

DaveinNEPA

July 7th, 2010
6:43 pm

Take your time, Nate. No need to hurry back, the team is doing just fine without you.

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KnightInATL

July 8th, 2010
12:33 am

@dap01 – He can only be on minor league rehab for a maximum of 20 days. That’s the rule. And since he’s out of options, our only choice would be to bring him back up or place him on waivers (which won’t happen).

Atticus

July 8th, 2010
8:06 am

I agree there may not be a place for him but Diaz sucked the first half of the year and came out hitting well these first few games. You can’t give up on him even if his future isn’t here because if you want to trade him you have to show he is ok.

The Grinch

July 8th, 2010
8:30 am

Someone suggested using him as a pinch hitter and late inning defensive replacement. Who, exactly, would he replace on the bench that is a worse hitter/fielder? There is literally no position player on the 25 man roster now that isn’t a better option than Nate in just about any situation. Maybe, MAYBE he’s a better hitter than Hicks (though at this point I don’t really think so), but Hicks plays way better defense at a more important and thinner position. The only reason they could possibly justify bringing him back up now would be to play him for a couple of games to show that he’s healthy and package him with other players and cash to anyone that will take him. Wren has done a magnificent job putting together this team and I have high hopes for them going deep this year. But it’s time for everyone to admit he whiffed on Nate and if he comes back up full time it’ll destroy the positive chemistry of this team.

broncs

July 8th, 2010
8:33 am

Knight why would we fear placing him on waivers? What a blessing if some stupid team took him.

Paddy

July 8th, 2010
9:01 am

dap01…you are right! Nate not only needs to get back to his past level but improve to the point that made him a good professional hitter. Let us not give up on him just yet. We are in a race finally and may need him down the stretch.

Paddy

July 8th, 2010
9:03 am

broncs….some would say that we (braves) were the stupid team!

The New McClouth

July 8th, 2010
9:40 am

Thats all he needed………he will come back and produce…….GUARANTEE!

Trey

July 8th, 2010
9:43 am

We got hitters so I’m not concerned on the hitting aspect of things from McClouth although he can put some wood on the ball……..we can use his defense out in Center…….I’m pretty sure he will be place in the lineup where he will have sac opportunity’s, move him over type situations so like Paddy said…..we could use him during the race……..better than calling up a no name and allowing him to fill in for a tired starter…………

Braves95

July 8th, 2010
9:52 am

What “wood”, exactly, can McC-OUT put on the ball, Trey? He stinks. And yeah, if we put him back on the team, he’s going to steal at bats from actual hitters.

Please, someone, run into McClouth again quick and put him back on the DL.

george

July 8th, 2010
10:06 am

blanco is alot better

The Grinch

July 8th, 2010
10:26 am

What is this “we need his defense” nonsense? He’s better defensively than Blanco or Cabrera? No way. Both are just as fast and both have better throwing arms. He might be a slight upgrade defensively in left over Hinske or Diaz, but is that worth taking the bat out of either of their hands and replacing it with an automatic out? What are you people smoking?

Trey

July 8th, 2010
10:40 am

Again……..……..”better than calling up a no name and allowing him to fill in for a tired starter”…..TIRED STARTER….of course he’s a come off the bench guy with speed so he has intangibles that when our starters are tired…………..he can fit in and execute…BASEBALL IS A SKILL but YOU MUST EXECUTE TO WIN GAMES……….we don’t need him to put up all star numbers and when he comes back from AAA he’s not going to be inserted into the starting lineup……..he’s a good enough role player for me and when he does produce don’t get hype by your television…..I’ll be at the Ted laughing at you haters……….

TheWad

July 8th, 2010
11:01 am

As an every night Braves watcher, I believ most of the replies here have missed Blanco`s change at the plate from the past two years. Blanco hit for some power in the minors and always started off strong the first two weeks of his MLB callup in the past. But this year he has decided to be the line drive slap hitter he is built for(Joe Simpson) and doesn`t swing for the long ball as in the past. Blanco has been playing regularly now for over a month and his numbers have been steady. He has hit in every situation that comes about and has produced at the plate and in the field. Notice that Blanco has choked up on the bat? That`s not the mindset of his previous years. This is the player evrybody wanted Schafer and McClouth to be. We may want to stop looking for someone to replace the player who has become the player we were all looking for in McClouth and Schafer.

Trey

July 8th, 2010
11:04 am

Blanco…….is hitting .327 right now…….with 52 AB’s…….okay thats cool but what is he producing a BA……RBI’s 3 doubles 0 Runs Scored 9, K’s 12 THIS IS NOT PRODUCTIVE AT ALL UNLESS YOU’RE LEADING OFF……..HELLA SINGLES………WITH 2 MEN OUT……..

Melky…….okay is hitting .257..BUT…..AGAIN A BIG BUT………the 12 doubles is a PRODUCTION…….. K’s 36 but 257 at bats……so the ball was in play combined with walks 221 times! BEING PRODUCTIVE

McClouth………WHO U ALL LOVE TO HATE……JUST CAN’T LOVE THE WHOLE TEAM GOTTA BE AN OUTKAST SOMEWHERE SO YOU’LL CHOOSE McClouth……….170 AB’s 9 doubles………26 walks……….20 runs scored and he only has the best fielding pct out of all the outfielders….

McClouth again…….not a legitamate starter but a great fill in role will suffice……we just need his speed defense right now, I’m not asking for 20 plus homeruns from this kid……i’m looking for execution and defense…….. and honestly we can use him for trade bait I would like to see us snab Lilly from the SNUBS I mean CUBS…….

robdawg08

July 8th, 2010
1:43 pm

If you want McLouth to start over Blanco then you need a psychiatrist !
Simply put.

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