Gonzalez scratched with flu-like symptoms

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.”

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freddie freeman

July 29th, 2010
3:27 pm

Freddie is on first.

gem dawg

July 29th, 2010
3:27 pm

Nine days after his last start and Bobby figures out he “ought to be able to get him in there somewhere”. That’s HOF managing in a nutshell.

Melky Way

July 29th, 2010
3:35 pm

3rd? Looks like the Brave will make no move.

MaSSaHH

July 29th, 2010
3:38 pm

Bobby used to be a HOF manager, but the last 4 to 5 years he is just suffering from a mental disease, I mean, come on. Who puts an ALL STAR (Infante) on the bench?

Nick

July 29th, 2010
3:42 pm

Infante 2 for 3 so far. Batting .332 on the season. It’s shear genius that we play him once a week.

Nick

July 29th, 2010
3:43 pm

sheer/ he’s not a hairdresser

Chippers Daddy

July 29th, 2010
3:46 pm

Love infante. Need lowe out of the rotation. Great piece on Minor:

http://ijpb.blogspot.com/

Largo

July 29th, 2010
3:46 pm

Boy, nothing gets by cox. He said, ” we have to get Infante into the game, he’s hitting .330.” What a manager!. WHERE THE HELL HAS HE BEEN ALL YEAR!

markie mark

July 29th, 2010
3:47 pm

any chance this rain delay will last till I get off work and to a TV?…..I hate getaway days….

Chippers Daddy

July 29th, 2010
3:47 pm

theres still two days left for the braves to make a move BTW. Just hope its not willingham. We already have willingham, his name is diaz.

Chippers Daddy

July 29th, 2010
3:48 pm

reports are its not what eric had though. thank goodness

markie mark

July 29th, 2010
3:54 pm

Carroll, I have a question….until one of your blogs mentioned (in passing) yesterday that McLouth was sent down, I hadn’t seen that reported at all….I thought this would have been BIG news and watched all day Tuesday hoping to see this…was this a feature story/announcement anywhere that I missed? or did you, Dave, Mark, and Jeff not think this was big news that all the fans were waiting for?

Largo

July 29th, 2010
3:56 pm

Something else that bothers me and that’s Chipper finding fault with Nate’s defense. They already sent the kid to the minors, why kick him when he’s down? When it comes to defense Chipper’s no bargain either.

small ball

July 29th, 2010
4:23 pm

Top of the 8th…man on first…Diaz up…bunt him over…nope…4-6-3 rally killer…

snes

July 29th, 2010
4:30 pm

That double play sealed it today…. the Braves haven’t impressed anyone the way they have been hitting this series. Top that with the Oswalt to Phillies trade and its down day for Braves fans. Now Adam Dunn just put the nail in the coffin….

TOMY FOURNIER

July 29th, 2010
4:35 pm

BY….BY…ATLANTA…YOUR MORON COACH IS DOING WHAT HE ONLY KNOW …LOOOOOOOOOSER!!!!…FIRST PLACE…M,Y ASSSSSSSSSSS!!!!

Braves73

July 29th, 2010
4:39 pm

How in the world do you replace Nate Mclouth with Brent Clevlen???? I realize that Mclouth needed to be sent down, but why bring up Brent Clevlen…sounds like a Bobby Cox special to me.

Cory

July 29th, 2010
4:52 pm

we need to get a deal done NOW!!!! maybe a Glaus for Dunn deal?

peter nincompoop

July 29th, 2010
5:01 pm

Read on mlbrumors about the braves trading for some minor league second baseman from the diamondbacks for a player to be name later or cash. Not sure what this trade was all about as his minor league numbers looked like crap.

Rhino

July 29th, 2010
5:03 pm

No way Glaus for Dunn straight up would go through. I would like to see the Braves get Dunn though. I’ve been saying that a lot lately. Dunn can play first the rest of the year and Freddie Freeman can take over next year. Dunn can also play corner outfield with Heyward in CF. Perfect fit.

Braves73: A player has to be in the minors 10 days before they can be recalled and Blanco hasn’t been down 10 days yet.

http://www.rhinorant.com

Carl

July 29th, 2010
5:20 pm

Whew!!!! Losing series to the Fish and the Nets, and getting beat by a journeyman reliever-turned-emergency starter. Does the combined annual salary of those two teams even match the Braves’ salary? Glad we don’t have to play the Orioles.

Yoda

July 29th, 2010
5:23 pm

How can Cox have a #3 hitter, who’ll be lucky to drive in 62 runs w/ 11 HR’s……I forgot it’s Chumper…err..Slipper…McCant is a 6 hitter at best and Glaus has returned to swinging at the wind….hey at least TP ain’t getting blamed…yet!!!!!!!!

Bill in VA

July 29th, 2010
5:35 pm

Largo, Who better than Chipper knows bad defense when he sees it!??

Carroll Rogers

July 29th, 2010
7:06 pm

markie mark, i posted a long story about McLouth yesterday on the blog, once i found out it happened. not sure what you’re getting at. as soon as i could gather the information which included waiting a while for McLouth and write the story i posted it. which was about 30-45 minutes before the game. Not sure what else to tell you.

mscoast brave

July 29th, 2010
9:20 pm

Think that maybe Glaus could sit for a few days. Don’t know if he is hurting or not but he has been pathetic this month.

Fan since 1977

July 29th, 2010
10:27 pm

To quote David Ross:

“To go to the playoffs you’ve got to beat good pitching. You’ve got to beat good teams. They have Roy Oswalt, so what. They’ve got Roy Halladay. You’re going to have to beat somebody. If you’re sitting in this locker room and you’re thinking you’ve got a chance to win a world championship, which we feel that we have a good enough team to win a world championship, then you’re going to have to beat good pitchers period, the best.”

PERFECT. AWESOME. Exactly the attitude this club needs.

Just score 5 runs a game boys.

Platoon Hinske w/Glaus at 1st, Glaus is tired, not his fault he’s 49 yrs old.

Play Diaz every day in left.

Don’t EVER sit Heyward, Booby, I cannot believe you would have done that today you hall of fame senile f—ing idiot because they started a leftie had Sea Bass not gotten the flu. HOF moron.

Play Melky every day in CF.

Use Infante at 2B every day because Prado’s natural position is 3B. This leaves someone out. But notice how great he has been as a $14 million pinch hitter?

With this pitching and depth, if properly managed, we should be in tne World Series.

ben

July 30th, 2010
8:39 am

The Braves were doing great before the All-Star break…they trade Escobar…and now the team struggles. Coincidence? Not likely. You move one player out, put somebody else in…somehow, it doesn’t work as well anymore.

ben

July 30th, 2010
9:23 am

However, I can sense the Braves season slipping away. I just never felt as strongly about a trade as this one (Escobar-Gonzalez). If Chipper Jones hits 40 HR and has 120 RBI, then if he wants Escobar out, then fine. But Chipper is a shell of his former self. In fact, for the money he gets ($14 million in 2010; .251 BA, 7 HR, 41 RBI), we could have got 2-3 good players. And the Braves didn’t want to pay Adam LaRoche $6 million/year. Are you freakin kidding me?
And Bobby Cox will be gone after this year (so no reason to jeopardize our future for his sake).

I also wonder about the anonymous quotes about Escobar: “Bobby hates Escobar” and “Escobar doesn’t have a lot of friends in the clubhouse.”
It makes me think these quotes come from only 1 player (probably Chipper Jones). I’m happy for Escobar; from Sportscenter highlights, I see it is all smiles and he is on an offensive tear in Toronto.

And it’s not because I don’t like Gonzalez (he’s had a fine career; seems to be a good teammate), it’s just I’ve see what Escobar can do. Trading him away reeked of panic from the Braves management.

Bottom line: Escobar is a Chevy Corvette (not 100% reliable, but still a high performance vehicle); and Gonzalez is a Cadillac Cimaaron (looks like a Cadillac, but just really a Chevy Cavalier with leather seats).

al

July 30th, 2010
9:32 am

Great point ben. Escobar and Blanco should have never been moved off the team. I keep hearing that Escobar is not a Braves type of player.Was he not the best player on the team last year? Hasn’t he had a solid career except the first half of this year? The problem might not have been Escobar but Ross and Chipper and others who just didn’t like him being himself.

bvillebaron

July 30th, 2010
11:13 am

Well it is far too early to judge the Escobar/Gonzalez trade. However, while I have defended most of Wren’s moves since he took over, I panned it at the time and the early returns don’t look good. To me, other than to make Cox happy because he couldn’t deal with Escobar, this trade made no sense and was unnecessary since it didn’t address the Braves’ biggest offensive need (a right handed power bat). Again, it is too early to judge, but isn’t it ironic that Escobar has hit several homers already with Toronto while Gonzalez who hit 17 before the trade has none (of course maybe that has something to do with the parks they play in). Besides, if all Escobar needed was some motivation to get him going, why couldn’t the Braves have sent him to the minors for a couple weeks rather than trade him?

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