Braves reliever Eric O’Flaherty is still suffering the effects of a viral infection and probably won’t be ready to come of the disabled list when he’s eligible next Tuesday.
“He’s still weak,” said manager Bobby Cox, who spoke to O’Flaherty at his home by phone on Wednesday. “If he gets up and tries to do much of anything, he gets really exhausted quick. It’s going to be a while, but things are looking up. All the tests are getting better.”
The Braves had bought another week before Jonny Venters has to serve his four-game suspension for hitting Prince Fielder by appealing his suspension. His hearing is scheduled for Tuesday in Washington. But the Braves could well open their Nationals series Tuesday without both Venters and O’Flaherty.