Glaus returns, awaits what happens next

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).”

44 comments Add your comment

David..(Athens, AL)

August 31st, 2010
9:12 pm

Yes, alot of depth!!!

Goldenglove002

August 31st, 2010
9:14 pm

Is Glaus the kind of guy that could be a clubhouse distraction?

Saint. Dawg>

August 31st, 2010
9:16 pm

First…I only wish the best Troy,had not been for him Braves would’nt be where they are…He took the Braves on his back for 6 or 7 weeks…GL Troy and TYVM for helping this TEAM…

Frank from KS (now living in CO)

August 31st, 2010
9:21 pm

Well, from the Braves perspective, their stuck between a rock AND a hard place. I honestly hope they don’t release Glaus because as Saint said…if it wasn’t for his huge stretch, they would NOT be where they are at…and that is leading the NL East.

Patrick

August 31st, 2010
9:38 pm

If Glaus sticks around, he would be a valuable bat off the bench as well as a good person in the clubhouse. I know the rest of the club loves him. I hope they don’t trade him/release him.

Kevin from Puducah

August 31st, 2010
9:43 pm

He might have carried for a few weeks but his lack of productivity for most of the season means he was a net liablity. The Braves should release this steroid cheating has been.

Dunwoody Gabe L.

August 31st, 2010
9:47 pm

Kevin is wrong. Glaus is key to making the playoffs. I have full confidence that our HOF manager will use him wisely the rest of the season. I am going to miss Bobby next year.

shawn

August 31st, 2010
9:51 pm

I am not going to miss BC. Thanks and see ya……….

southernpride

August 31st, 2010
9:58 pm

Move Glaus to Third, Prado to second, and Infante to LF, and Diaz/Cabrera platoon to the bench. You basically replace Glaus’ bat over Diaz/Cabrera. I’d do that, b/c Glaus adds more pop than Diaz/Cabrera platoon.

Tap Dancer from RW

August 31st, 2010
9:59 pm

I will miss Cox.

Tap Dancer from RW

August 31st, 2010
10:00 pm

Darryl, I miss you too. Mwah!

Dunwoody Gabe L.

August 31st, 2010
10:08 pm

I killed it.

Darryl Moss

August 31st, 2010
10:09 pm

Freddie Freeman

August 31st, 2010
10:10 pm

Freddie says Go Dodgers!

and dumb

August 31st, 2010
10:21 pm

Kevin is also dumb. Braves wouldn’t be here without Glaus. Kevin is dumb, but let’s not remind Kevin that he is dumb. I’m sure she doesn’t like to be reminded of how stupid she is. Sorry Kevin that you are dumb. Don’t give up on life because you, Kevin from Puducah, aren’t as mentally astute as the rest of us.

Dubya13

August 31st, 2010
10:33 pm

I hope the Braves keep him. We wouldn’t be in the position we are now without him.

TG from CA

August 31st, 2010
10:35 pm

Say what you want, but Glaus still leads the Braves in RBI’s

Dubya13

August 31st, 2010
10:35 pm

Looks like Frenchy has been traded to the Rangers. Wish you all the best Jeff!!

GoBraves

August 31st, 2010
10:41 pm

Frenchy to Texas

Bluestreak

August 31st, 2010
10:48 pm

I’m with you southernpride. Gets the best team we can field out there as a starting 9. And the bench is as solid as it is now. A lineup of Infante, Heyward, Prado, McCann, Lee, Glaus, Gonzalez and Ankiel has some solid run scoring capability.

Smitty

August 31st, 2010
10:50 pm

If the Braves are going for it all this year, keep Troy. I can’t imagine another team giving up a prized player/prospect for Glaus for only the remainder of this season and playoffs.
That would make a great bench for the Braves in the playoffs with Glaus, Hinske, Conrad, Ross, and Melky!

Frankly, I wouldn’t mind having Glaus back next year as a right-handed 1b so that Freeman doesn’t have to face difficult lefties early in the season. (I doubt if the Braves can afford to retain Lee.)

BTW, it was good to see Lee finally coming around the past two games.
He is the key to the Braves offense the rest of this year. He only makes the rest of the lineup better when he is hitting. He doesn’t even have to hit homers.

guthro

August 31st, 2010
10:57 pm

Tuesday night in Atlanta, the first-place Braves draw 18,000. Same night in Minneapolis, the first place Twins draw 40,000.

What is wrong with the city of Atlanta?

iFrech

August 31st, 2010
10:57 pm

In braves.com, the pic for the game in the carousel is Minor pitching. He’s holding the ball in a weird grip, any idea what pitch is that for?

gcs

August 31st, 2010
10:58 pm

I don’t care what Glaus’ desire is. Sit your big butt down.

Trade him, quick!

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DZ

August 31st, 2010
11:02 pm

I am SO glad McOfer is back. He really earned it with that .234 batting average he had in Gwinnett.

The Sham

August 31st, 2010
11:17 pm

The only way I’d trade Glaus is if they take McClouth with him. Otherwise, I’d hope they let TG enjoy a playoff run that he has helped earn. We need his big swing for when things count late in the game and you need a 3 run homer to win it…

While I too have been dissatisfied with the team results for the last several years, I’m glad Bobby is still her to enjoy the last run.

Hypocrite

August 31st, 2010
11:40 pm

Were you at the game guthro?

Joey P

August 31st, 2010
11:45 pm

southernpride I also agree with you. What a lineup that would be!

My name is Earl

September 1st, 2010
1:00 am

Get the Braves out of my neighborhood and the people will come.

Tim

September 1st, 2010
8:00 am

As far as the attendance, I’ve never understood why Turner Field was built in such a bad section of town. The Braves rely heavily on people from AL, TN, NC, SC, and the rest of GA to attend during the summer. I know they started off the game, when I was there this summer, with the commercial “This is Braves Country”. I lived in Athens, GA all summer, and only made it to one game. So those of us who normally live Huntsville, Chattanooga, etc. cannot make it at all during the week after school starts.
What about moving Infante to LF, Ankiel aint hitting either, so move Cabrera to CF, and that moves Prado to 2nd. Glaus could play 3rd.

Tate

September 1st, 2010
8:19 am

Glaus is definitely being phased out by other guys at his position. But he’s gonna be plenty valuable to the Braves as the postseason nears. If nothing else, he’s been there before and with rest he can still be a big back off the bench.

Tate

September 1st, 2010
8:21 am

And by the way, I’d love to have Gregor Blanco playing CF for us.. though Melky does put together pretty good AB’s.

Sonny Jackson

September 1st, 2010
9:09 am

As far as attendance goes, this city is full of transplants with no strong loyalty to the Braves, the Ted is in a crappy part of town, it’s at least $200 to take the family and last but certainly not least, Nate is back with the team. They must be crazy…

Tell It Like It Is

September 1st, 2010
9:28 am

I was a season ticket holder when Justice, Nixon,Lemke, Bream, Gant,Grissom, Smith, Maddox, Glavine, Smoltz, McGriff, the Jones boys, etc. were playing. The people came out in droves because of the product on the field. Also, the economy was much better. Poor attendance has nothing to do with the location of the stadium. The Gwinnett Braves have a lot of empty seats as well and they are not in the vicinity of Turner Field.

This team is no where close to the Braves of the 90’s. Most fans will not set around every night waiting for miracle finishes after 2 hours of ho hum baseball. It is what it is.

Russell

September 1st, 2010
9:40 am

Glaus needs to be playing three to four games a week. That would keep his legs fresh and we need his bat. Omar can play left or center and do a great job. I wouldn’t object letting him play short stop every three or four days. 1 for 13 really isn’t good numbers for a #6 position……….

Toots

September 1st, 2010
10:03 am

Glaus deserves to play… What kind of comment is that from Frank Wren
““Standing here today, I don’t know what’s going to happen, how it will all play out,”
Don’t know what is going to happen? Then who would know if not you?
Tell the guy you are playing third..or you will be coming off the bench to pitch hit or we are going to try to shop you to an American league team. Tell the guy something. He deserves to know and deserves to play.

AdirondackDave

September 1st, 2010
10:23 am

This has to be the understatement of the year… Frank Wren “We’ve got some depth there (at first base)”.

AdirondackDave

September 1st, 2010
10:27 am

If the Braves win the pennant this year, I think it will be due largely to their positional flexibility. Not a great defensive club but so many guys play multiple positions that Bobby can maneuver with the best of them.

Zach J

September 1st, 2010
10:49 am

All you Kelly Johnson and Jeff Franswa supporters need to lay off Glaus. You gave them 4 years, give the guy one more month.

Doug

September 1st, 2010
11:38 am

Glaus has “always” been a team player and professional, he wants to play every day or should I say hit for sure. The problem is Infante has just haveing the year of his life, if he can get enough plate appearences he could possibly win a batting title. One thing Cox can’t do ( or shouldn’t) is fool around with what is working currently.
Cabrera actually has done a decent job and haveing a produce year after going to a new league and learning new pitchers and parks etc. He does have 25 doubles, so he has some pop, he is a good addition to this Braves team.

I would be willing to wager that Jeff F. does well in Texas, ball travels in Arlington and he will be surrounded with other fine hitters.

Chief pitchanono

September 1st, 2010
11:43 am

Bobby is good at getting his guys playing time and I believe that he will get Glaus in their as much as possible. I don’t think Glaus will be a distaction to this team what so ever. Even off the Bench he’s a valuable vetran guy with postseason expierience and once October gets here he could still have the opportunity to increase his value in the off season with a big October run. Everyone remembers the post season hero’s and he will at least have that opportunity and could use that to land a nice deal next year.

Braves Fan Since "80

September 1st, 2010
12:53 pm

Jeff is insurance for nelson cruz, unless they can find a flaw he will likely be cut loose at seasons end….. For Jeff’s sake I hope he can rekindle the magic…… he is too good to be a 4th out fielder and not good enough to play every day

Braves Fan Since "80

September 1st, 2010
12:58 pm

Glaus deserves to play… What kind of comment is that from Frank Wren
““Standing here today, I don’t know what’s going to happen, how it will all play out,”
Don’t know what is going to happen? Then who would know if not you?
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Crazy…. he should have known MCOUUT was going to be this bad, chipper would get hurt, KK would break the record for losses without a win….. Does he know how Prado’s finger will hold up, Lee’s back? He is a GM not GOD and what he said was clear….he is odd man out today!

Thisiswhatwillhappen

September 1st, 2010
3:54 pm

Someone above said it best Try Troy at 3rd, Infante in left Prado back 2nd….late in the game move Diaz or Melky to left Infante to 2nd and Prado to 3rd…Then depending you still have diaz/melky off the bench with Freeman/Lee hinske and brooks and hinskie….eventually someone will be an odd man out between glaus and freeman for the post season

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