Washington – Shortstop Alex Gonzalez was scratched from the Braves original lineup Thursday when he showed up at the ballpark suffering from a 101-degree fever and flu-like symptoms, manager Bobby Cox said.
Gonzalez has hit .277 (13-for-47) with four doubles and two RBIs in 12 games since coming to the Braves from Toronto in the Yunel Escobar trade on July 14. He matched a career-high with four hits on Thursday July 22, against the Padres but has hit only .150 (3-for-20) since then, including 0-for-his-last-14.
Omar Infante got the start in his place at shortstop. Infante was making his first start in nine days, since his July 20 start at third base against the Padres’ left-hander Wade LeBlanc.
Cox originally had Infante in the lineup in right field in place of Jason Heyward against the left-hander Scott Olsen, but when Gonzalez came in sick, he re-inserted Heyward.
“I had to get (Infante) in there today on way or another,” Cox said. “The guy is hitting .330 (.327); I ought to be able to get him in there somewhere.”