McLouth recalled from Gwinnett Tuesday, more likely to get postseason nod

The Braves went ahead and recalled center fielder Nate McLouth from Gwinnett on Tuesday with an eye toward having him available for a potential postseason roster.

The Braves have some flexibility with both Kris Medlen and Chipper Jones on the disabled list, giving the Braves two postseason roster spots they can substitute with players who were not on the 25-man roster as of Aug. 31.

But Braves general manager Frank Wren said the Braves know they want a player like McLouth on the postseason roster, and this will allow them to be more flexible with the two remaining spots.

“You want to get as close as you can to what you project will be your 25 (for the postseason),” Wren said. “We don’t know what that exactly looks like today, but we do know that Nate McLouth is a likely candidate to be on that roster because he brings speed and defense and a lot of things you’re looking for in postseason.”

For McLouth, it was a welcome vote of confidence. He went from being the Braves everyday center fielder to spending the last month in Gwinnett trying to regain his stroke.

“As far as just getting my head straight and getting my approach back, it was the best thing that could have happened,” McLouth said.

McLouth hit .234 (30-for-128) with six home runs and 18 RBIs in 34 games for Gwinnett.

He said he’s unsure yet what his role will be, but at a minimum he provides manager Bobby Cox another left-handed bat off the bench, good speed on the basepaths and a defensive substitute.

“I’m sure it’s going to be dictated by how I play,” McLouth said. “I’m going to be prepare the same way I have every day and help this team whatever way I can get into the playoffs. It’s been fun to watch and hard to be away from.”

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GT #1

August 31st, 2010
8:45 pm

Its good to see Nate making his way back. Lets go Braves.

NRBQ

August 31st, 2010
8:46 pm

Did he learn to throw the ball in while he was down there?

Tron5000

August 31st, 2010
9:20 pm

Is it bad that I was happy when he got hit by that pitch in the 5th? I mean, I doubt he’d find his way to 1B if he had to actually swing the bat…

pdt

August 31st, 2010
10:15 pm

Why in the world is McLouth the kind of guy you want on your postseason roster? Isn’t the goal of the postseason to win? How does Nate help you do that?

LuisG - Win-it-4Bobby-n-Chipper

August 31st, 2010
10:30 pm

pdt
August 31st, 2010
10:15 pm
Why in the world is McLouth the kind of guy you want on your postseason roster? Isn’t the goal of the postseason to win? How does Nate help you do that?

You stole it from my fingers. That’s exactly what I thought. Why McLouth?

I’d guess these position players will be on the postseason roster: Hinske, Lee, Infante, Conrad, Gonzalez, Prado, Ross, McCann, Cabrera, Diaz, Heyward. That’s 11 spots, with Ankiel, Glaus, McLouth and maybe Freeman fighting for the last spot or two.

bkinkennesaw

August 31st, 2010
11:35 pm

How can you leave Ankiel off the roster? Best defensive centerfielder on the team.

rc35

August 31st, 2010
11:44 pm

The only purpose for having McLouth on the team is if we make the World Series, he can be the Designated Out in AL parks.

Dave Allen

September 1st, 2010
1:41 am

Bringing Nate up is a mistake. Wren is just feeling bad about having a guy being paid in the millions playing down at AAA. Wrong move Braves. The roster we have now is pretty solid. Diaz needs to get some more playing time.

Rufio

September 1st, 2010
7:44 am

Huh ? He hit .234 in Gwinnett. How is that batting avg giving any credence to the theory he will help in the playoffs? As Bobby stated, Ankiel has the best arm of any center fielder ever. That is a pretty strong comment. As a person and teammate I am sure Mclouth is a big part of this team. I believe the Braves have given him a chance to prove himself.

On a a side note, it would have been interesting to have a an defensive outfield with Ankiel, Heyward and Francouer. Nobody would risk going home with those three arms in the outfield.

Tell It Like It Is

September 1st, 2010
7:54 am

Why is McLouth taking a post season position from some other player? He hit 234 at Gwinnett and gets a nod for defense and speed. WOW!!!! He has been given numerous chances to produce and has failed ever since spring training. I understand having a left handed bat on the bench for pinch hitting roles, speed and defense, but he is not the guy. Blanco was better in my opinion but the Braves let him go. I do not get it.

algenis

September 1st, 2010
8:10 am

Nate should only be used to pinch run. He shouldn’t be allowed to bring his bat to the ballpark. Security should be alerted if Nate does so.

Marvin Mangrum

September 1st, 2010
8:29 am

Really, it is amazing sometimes just to hear peoples lips flop! Gonna bring back McLouth, he hit 170 in the bigs, then we sent him to AAA, he tore it up there, hit an astounding 234. Yup, got Ankiel, hes at 160, got Cabrerra, hes at 270 and now we have McLouth hes at about 160 also, altho he hit an amazing 234 in the minors. You know, really if you just think about it, it really is amazing that the Braves are in first.

Tremaine

September 1st, 2010
8:36 am

2010 Nate McLouth = 2009 Greg Norton.

Sonny Jackson

September 1st, 2010
9:02 am

I thought April Fools Day had come and gone… this must be some kind of sick joke.

Renegator

September 1st, 2010
9:28 am

Did someone get sent down to make room for McLouth?

gLe

September 1st, 2010
9:33 am

After being hit by pitch the cameras focused on McOut at firstbase. He was seen asking the 1stbsmn to thank the pitcher for hitting him because it was the only way the two could have met otherwise. He then asked him which for directions to second base! A postseason nightmare folks.

. Don

September 1st, 2010
9:48 am

“He provides Manager Bobby Cox a lefthanded bat off the bench” — Are you joking — Like you would want a pichhitter who hit in the .160s for you as a regular??????
Granted, McLouth provides some options as a late inning defensive replacement or as a pinch runner. Woops, I forgot, Bobby is still the manager – and who knows how much he will try to use him. Remember the first part of the season when Cox used McLouth on and on and on as a regular with him producing almost nothing and with a player named Infante sitting on the bench. This, Infante, might even be related to the Infante who was named to the All Star Team and who could possibly lead the League in hitting. Nothing stupid is impossible with Booby.

. Don

September 1st, 2010
9:51 am

There is no way to know how many losses Bobby Cox cost the Braves during the first part of the season when he used McLouth on and on and on almost every game with him producing almost nothing. And to make this even more absurd, he had a player nameed Infante on the bench for most of that time.

DC Brave

September 1st, 2010
9:52 am

25 man post season? Prado Omar A-Gon D-Lee Diory Troy Brooksy

McCann Ross

JHey Melky Diaz Ankiel McClouth Ski

Hudson Hanson JJ

DLowe?

Wagner Saito Venters OFlaherty Moylan Martinez

Who should be cut and if so, for whom? I love Minor, but I really think next year is going to be his year. I love Freddie Freeman, but he hasn’t proven himself yet. I will admit straight up…I think my 25 man needs one more reliever…but who?

WADIS

September 1st, 2010
10:27 am

NOT BAD D C–PUT LOWE IN THE PEN. TAKE OUT McOUT.
BRING IN FREDDIE.HE’S PROVEN AS MUCH AS McOUT.

iFrech

September 1st, 2010
10:56 am

DC Brave: Probably McLouth insted of Diory. Except for that, i think that may be the playoff roster.

FF might make it either instead of Diory or Glaus if he rips it off in sept.

Hankee

September 1st, 2010
11:08 am

A 234 batting average and 6 homers WAO very impresive??? Please, McLouth´s train left in April and he wasn´t on it. I can think of 3 or 4 outfildres in minors that will do a better job.

Doug

September 1st, 2010
11:45 am

Sometimes trades just don’t work out, McLouth may have had a carrer year (or 2) as a Pirate. Wish him well ( cause he is a Brave) but I doubt he will be in Atlantas plan in the future.

bubba

September 1st, 2010
12:16 pm

Braves won’t make it past the first round with the bat of McLouth. He was brought up for his speed not his bat.So, Booby Cox uses him as a Pinch Hitter not a Pinch runner for the slower guy who can actually pinch hit. Braves finally found a replacement for Norton in the name of Mclouth.

big o

September 1st, 2010
12:34 pm

Leave him home. Thats the only call Cox makes that irritates me. He subs too much with pinch runners and we end up loosing say a B-Mac late in the game. But he’s always done that. I say we traded the wrong speedster to KC. I would prefer Gregor over Nate anyday.

wjones

September 1st, 2010
1:46 pm

I agree about .234 not being very impressive, but 6 homers in 34 is not bad at all. Project that over 150 games and that comes out to 27.

SR

September 1st, 2010
5:37 pm

Good gosh, no kidding, what a waste of a roster spot. If this dude is on the post-season roster and gets even one AB, it is very bad sign.

Carroll Rogers

September 1st, 2010
5:40 pm

Lowe will miss his start Friday vs. the Marlins. Elbow was bothering him to the point today where he said it was pointless to even throw his scheduled bullpen. The Braves haven’t made it official but Kawakami will likely get the nod to start Friday in Florida. Story is up on the Braves page

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