Troy Glaus rejoined the Braves Tuesday with two days to go before he could be activated from the disabled list. For the moment, he’d seem a man without an every day position and a desire to play every day.
Glaus spent a week in Gwinnett working out at third base, hoping the Braves would consider moving him from first base, where Derrek Lee is now playing, to third, his natural position. But with Martin Prado and Omar Infante both playing so well, the Braves aren’t in any hurry to move either of them out of the infield to make room.
“We’ve just got to play it by ear right now,” Braves manager Bobby Cox said. “We’re down to 30 games. I’ll try to get him in as much as I can.”
Glaus said he went to Gwinnett in the hopes of convincing the Braves to play him every day at third. And if they don’t?
“I would be disappointed, but I would do what I can,” Glaus said. “Obviously I want to play, that’s why I went down there. If that doesn’t work out, that’s their decision to make, not mine. I want to be around here, I want to be with this team and hopefully help this team be successful.”
Multiple American League teams have reportedly expressed interest in trading for Glaus, which the Braves might be willing to do if they think a disgruntled Glaus might be disruptive to the clubhouse. But he’d also provide the Braves insurance if Lee’s back becomes a problem. Though the Braves can play Eric HInkse at first base and just called up first base prospect Freddie Freeman as well.
“Standing here today, I don’t know what’s going to happen, how it will all play out,” Braves general manager Frank Wren said. “We’ve got some depth there (at first base).”