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.”