McLouth begins comeback from oblique strain

A week after straining his left oblique in Anaheim, Nate McLouth has begun doing some light baseball activities, starting with some throwing and running in batting practice on Sunday afternoon.

McLouth planned to begin taking some dry swings on Monday and working his way back with tee work, soft toss and eventually batting practice later in the week.

McLouth figures he’ll need a rehabilitation game or two in the minors, but if all progresses well, he is hopeful that he’s closer to needing the 15 days scheduled on the disabled list than the month or so required by more oblique serious strains.

He’s eligible to return as early as Tuesday June 7 in Florida.

“The way that I feel and the way it’s gotten a little bit better each day,” said McLouth, who isn’t going to push it either. “I’m going to be really careful not to overextend myself and hurt it any more, while I’m on my way back. I just want it to be good and be done and forget about it.”

Jordan Schafer is playing well in center field in McLouth’s absence, so the Braves don’t need him to rush it either.

McLouth injured his oblique checking his swing on a pitch in the dirt, something he still can’t quite figure out.

“That was the worst pain I’ve ever felt,” said McLouth, who said it felt like a knife jab in his side. “It was really, really weird too because I barely even offered at the ball. It was a little flinch at the ball. It was really bizarre.”

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May 29th, 2011
7:26 pm

Jordan Schafer

May 29th, 2011
7:38 pm

Take your time Nate, don’t hurry your recovery.

Dennis Reynolds

May 29th, 2011
7:44 pm

Is there any chance Freeman is traded and Mac is moved to first? Ive heard this idea thrown around a lot but Im starting to buy into it. It would probably give him a few more successful years.


May 29th, 2011
7:55 pm

Nate, all the best, man. You’ve had some tough times, but I hope you work through them, brother.

Ronald Millsaps

May 29th, 2011
8:04 pm

“Schafer”– Not funny.

Not a bad game last night. I was there and thoroughly enjoyed it. Selig and co. would’ve hated it, as they hate every game that exceeds three hours, let alone four, but as usual, the postmodern nonsense that gets tossed around our culture is just that very thing: nonsense. The PA folks were as delusional and tasteless as they ever are, and the fans were as ignorant as they ever are, but overall the win was nice.

How in the world was Freeman ruled “safe” in his steal attempt? Did the tagger just bobble the ball somehow? The tag clearly beat the slide, and I’m surprised Dusty Baker didn’t get ejected.

We don’t need to trade Freeman; he has a huge upside and has done very well defensively. I would trade McCann first, honestly, who I’m not necessarily wanting to trade but who isn’t very strong defensively.

A lot of subtleties get overlooked by the typical fan, partially due to the distraction of the stupidity on the big screen, but Atlanta had numerous occasions last night when the iron was hot and didn’t strike. As usual, fans sat there like they were watching tennis and later responded when the PA folks beckoned them (at bad times, actually).

People talk about Jordan Schafer’s great catch, as I have, but let’s also commend Martin Prado, who astutely and professionally deferred to the CF and, along with Schafer, avoided a collision. Great job on both parts.

I think Dan Uggla’s drought is almost over.

Blog comments are retarded

May 29th, 2011
8:26 pm

Will people ever learn to read who actually wrote the article before posting questions to the author? Thanks Carroll for the update.


May 29th, 2011
8:54 pm

trade mccann?

he’s on track to have one of the greatest offensive catching careers of all time.

freeman’s slide: the throw beat him, the tag beat him, but phillips missed the tag. it was very close.


May 29th, 2011
9:25 pm

Keep rockin’ Nate. Hebrews 11:1


May 29th, 2011
10:57 pm

uggla, our 8 million dollar 180 hitter of singles-drought OVER,SHEEEEEEESH!!!!!!!!


May 29th, 2011
11:01 pm

What a squeaker. Offense still pathetic but great performances by J.J. and Prado. Ross was great defensively.
…………..Can we get a refund on Uggla?


May 29th, 2011
11:06 pm

I’m another one who is of the belief that McClouth doesn’t need to hurry back.

To date Schafer has been doing just fine and I think the lineup would be much better with him leading off with Martin in the 2 hole. Schafer gives this lineup some speed and energy, AND he is a better defender with a FAR better arm.

Bob the Blogger

May 29th, 2011
11:25 pm

It will be interesting to see how Fredi uses Schafer once McLouth returns. Mather may be sent down, but that will make us very left-handed in the outfield.


May 29th, 2011
11:56 pm

“ours” and “we”??? Don’t think the Bravos would like to count you, alex, and Skeezix, as “their” fans…

NorCal Brave

May 30th, 2011
12:32 am

Schafer looks like a new man. Nate needs to be a backup now.

Parody in Baseball

May 30th, 2011
1:40 am

Seriously, what is Freddi going to do when Nate is all healed from his freaky deaky injury? Freddi says these are good problems to have.

I say McLouth goes to the bench, Schafer stays as starter because of the speed he brings as lead-off hitter, and because Prado’s true spot is in the two hole. So were does J-Hey hit when he comes back (probably sooner than Nater)?

I say back to 6th were he was hitting better earlier in the year. Problems, problems…

But these are good problems to have, and Freddi gets to really say.


May 30th, 2011
3:55 am

I have to agree that Scahfer has earned a chance to be the every day CF.

bring back blauser

May 30th, 2011
7:20 am

true schafer deserves the centerfield job and bat leadoff, but has anyone thought about hinske what a fantastic surprise he has been. looks like uggla is beginning to come around. all this considered we braves fans have a great season to look forward to. it is gonna be fun from here on


May 30th, 2011
7:25 am

Take your time, Nate!

Bobby Bobby

May 30th, 2011
7:47 am

Nate my advise is leave for Gwinnett early each night. Traffic is a bear going up 85.

Bob the Blogger

May 30th, 2011
8:05 am

As good as some of these subs are hitting, and as bad as some of the regulars are hitting, I don’t think the Braves have the luxury of just sticking with their highest payroll players. If Hinski’s going to have a career year, find a place for him. McLouth may be hitting better than last year, but if Schafer gives us a better chance to win, their respective salaries should not be a factor. Prado can still play second base and give Uggla some time on the bench.

Uncle Tom

May 30th, 2011
8:07 am

The team took off last year when Heyward OK-ed McClouth in that collision. I’m sure Nate’s a nice guy, but he just hasn’t worked out with us. Wren needs to trade him for several boxes of balls and let Schaefer have center field. (Quality balls, mind you.)


May 30th, 2011
8:26 am

Take your time Nate and J Hey, hopefully both of you will be back by the 10th of November.


May 30th, 2011
9:00 am

Am I missing the obvious? Nate goes to right field. Then we have speed all over the outfield and Nate adds a bit of speed on the bases as well as bat control at the plate. True he has a weak arm but IMHO that will not cost us a game while his defense and bat in the 8 hole gives us someone to get on base (so far anyway). Heyward can pitch hit when we need someone to hit into a double play, pitch run for a pitcher, strike out, or we need someone to get hurt so we can add a pitcher who’s arm isn’t about to fall off.


May 30th, 2011
9:04 am

Hope he heals up soon. I hear they’re short a CF in Gwinnett.


May 30th, 2011
9:38 am

When .238 Nate becomes temporarily healthy enough to play, I say we give him to the Royals so that he can get his BA up to .250 in a stress free environment, and enjoy playing baseball again for a team where it doesn’t matter if you win or lose.

We need to send Dan Cooley Uggla down to the Pirates for a few weeks so he can make the all star team…. Again, in a stress free environment.

I hear there’s a movie coming out soon about the life of Jason “Mr. Osteoporosis” Heyward …Morgan Freeman will play the part of Heyward.

Verne Troyer will play Uggla in the movie
Clint Howard will play Brian McCann
Matt Damon as Chipper
Amanda Seyfried as Carroll Rogers
John C. Reilly as Hinske
Gilbert Gottfried as DOB

Braves 2011

May 30th, 2011
9:49 am

Ronnie Milsaps,You are still blind and crazy!


May 30th, 2011
12:46 pm

That “trade McCann” comment by Ronnie was the dumbest thing I have read on these blogs, and that is saying something…

Sorry Nate

May 30th, 2011
1:13 pm

Looks like Schafer adds a lotta needs for Braves.Defense,speed,plus arm,bunting ability,hit and run and is a very good base runner plus Prado will drive in more runs in 2 hole.Now a healthy J-Hey and Uggla getting back to normal makes the Braves a serious threat to the Phillies.Braves starting pitching is actually as good or better than Phillies.Gonna be an exciting summer.


June 3rd, 2011
9:08 pm

Get better fast Nate! Looking forward to seeing play soon.

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