Given the loss of Chipper Jones as a veteran presence in the lineup, indications are the Braves are unlikely to call on top first base prospect Freddie Freeman before rosters expand in September.
While Freeman has been hitting at a torrid pace in Triple-A Gwinnett, the Braves would be hesitant to go down the stretch of a pennant race with two players in their early 20s (21-year-old Jason Heyward and 20-year-old Freeman) as everyday players in their lineup.
Veteran Troy Glaus has struggled for the better part of two months at the plate but has shown signs of improving. He has hit two home runs in his past six games. He drove in a season-high four runs on two hits, including a three-run homer, in Sunday’s 13-1 win over LA. Manager Bobby Cox has reiterated recently the importance of having Glaus’ right-handed bat in the Braves lineup.
In the meantime, the Braves continue to search for help through a possible waiver trade.