Schafer could be out with broken nose — updated

New York – As bad as continued offensive woes have been for the Braves, the last thing they needed was another injury. But Friday night, center fielder Jordan Schafer had to leave the game against the Mets after fouling a bunt attempt off his face.

A person who spoke with Schafer late Friday said he had a broken nose, and awaited results of a CT scan to determine if there was other damage.

Schafer was taken to a New York area hospital after the fifth-inning incident.

“He had an X-Ray and really you don’t know,” Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said after the game. “He’s doing a CT scan right now to make sure everything is OK. I won’t have an official update until tomorrow.”

Schafer dropped to the ground in pain, but eventually walked off on his own power with an ice pack on his face, escorted by Braves trainer Jeff Porter.

Schafer has been patrolling center field for the past nine games in place of Nate McLouth, who is on the disabled list with a strained oblique. Right fielder Jason Heyward (shoulder) is also on the DL.

Schafer was hitting 8-for-34 (.235) with seven walks after going 0-for-2 Tuesday night. He was attempting a bunt for a base hit – something he’s done twice since his call-up from Triple-A Gwinnett – when he was injured leading off the fifth inning.

“That’s a bummer,” Chipper Jones said. “Jordan is really playing well, setting the table at the top, playing good defense in center. It’s like what happened to Frenchy (Jeff Francoeur) a few years back when he was in the minors. It’s one of those freak things that you don’t see very often. I hope and I pray that nothing is broken and hopefully it’s just a contusion. It’d be a shame because he was really playing well and helping our ballclub.”

McLouth is in extended spring training at the Braves complex in Orlando. He’s eligible to come off the disabled list Tuesday in Florida but he had not even begun swinging a bat at the end of the Braves’ recent homestand and will likely need a couple of minor league rehabilitation games before he’s ready to return.

If the injury wasn’t serious, Gonzalez said the Braves could get by with Joe Mather and Matt Young playing center. If it was serious, he said they’d bring up another outfielder from the minor leagues.

– Staff writer David O’Brien contributed to this report

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June 3rd, 2011
9:02 pm

I don’t know what is worse… fouling a bunt off of your face or visiting a New York area hospital…?


June 3rd, 2011
9:06 pm

too bad for the kid lets hope its not too serious

Carlton the Doorman

June 3rd, 2011
9:09 pm

Someday Joe Simpson will realize his opinions on close calls mean absolutely zilch when he takes the Braves side every time. Not exactly a model of objectivity or professionalism.


June 3rd, 2011
9:09 pm

It amazes me that Major leaguers CAN’T bunt!…The fundamentals also continue to lack…Most first basemen ALWAYS have the wrong foot on the bag..I grew up in Calhoun and was blessed with great coaches..


June 3rd, 2011
9:18 pm

Hey Soduk…its obvious you dont know much about NY…probably cause you live in the back roads of the country…somewhere between okie-doke and the town of hillbilly. NYC has some of the worlds best medical centers. Look it up if you can read.

Let's Go

June 3rd, 2011
9:21 pm

Hopefully it’s not worst then a broken nose because when it happened it looked like it may have broken his eye scoket or jaw.

Tie game now…………Go Braves

Worm is Dumb

June 3rd, 2011
9:22 pm

You are clueless and no one cares about your opinion… While MLB Players are poor bunters. First basemen never have the wrong foot on the bag. Never, not once do they ever have their wrong foot on the bag… No one cares about Calhoun


June 3rd, 2011
9:33 pm

When was the last time the Braves scored 6 runs?

Cobb Dawg

June 3rd, 2011
9:36 pm

Carlton the Doorman, obviously you don’t watch many Braves broadcasts or you’d know that Joe Simpson is one of the most objective broadcasters in MLB.

Gil In Mechanicsville

June 3rd, 2011
9:37 pm

Didn’t the same thing happen to Jeff Francouer when he was playing A ball at Myrtle Beach?

Low Country Brave

June 3rd, 2011
9:38 pm

I believe that Joe Simpson is paid not to be objective, or at least not that objective. He is a professional homer.

worm is dumb, and Wrom is Dumb is also dumb

June 3rd, 2011
9:43 pm

I care a lot about Calhoun. Issues like not stopping there for my safty and if there will ever be a famous baseball player from there to back up worm’s silly claim about the great coaching.
You should care more about Calhoun, or else one day you might get off I-75 there and regret it, a lot.


June 3rd, 2011
9:44 pm

“It amazes me that Major leaguers CAN’T bunt!”

Why? It has been that way ever since I have watched baseball in ‘65. Have YOU ever tried it?


June 3rd, 2011
9:48 pm

Good comment Cobb Dawg,

I guess hes never heard a Mets broadcast before, or for that matter a Marlins, or Nationals. Joe is one of the most objective broadcasters in the baseball. Also I believe Atlanta has Emory Hospital, i forgot is that a good one?


June 3rd, 2011
9:50 pm

Soduk, Now that was funny!

todd grantham

June 3rd, 2011
9:51 pm

DOB, just how bad was that blown call at third base on Ramerez?


June 3rd, 2011
9:59 pm

Joe Simpson is a partisan and apologist all the way–no truth in him.


June 3rd, 2011
10:03 pm

The Braves scored 6 runs! Pinch me. Better yet, they beat the Mets.

Chipper Jones, the future hall of famer once again terrorizes the Mets. Well I guess we won’t hear from the Chipper bashers tonight. I mean did you see how far that upper decker homerun went?

Hinske, also, again comes through with a key blast. The guy can flat out hit!! Freeman was great as well as Prado. Great come back win!


June 3rd, 2011
10:06 pm

Maybe they should put a package together for Matt Kemp


June 3rd, 2011
10:08 pm

Hope Schafer is ok..someone take the curse off centerfielders please……


June 3rd, 2011
10:12 pm

Fredi just said…Schafer is getting CT scan and they would know in the morning how Schafer is. Just pray he will be okey. Can’t stand to see anyone get hurt.


June 3rd, 2011
10:39 pm

@todd grantham

DOB didn’t cover tonight’s game. Carroll is covering the series against the Mets.


June 3rd, 2011
10:40 pm

ya gotta tip your cap to Eric Hinske!


June 3rd, 2011
10:52 pm

Carlton @9:09pm………..Joe was right, Reyes was out, that was a bad call by that ugly umpire.


June 3rd, 2011
10:54 pm

Antoher call that probably would have resulted in Cox’s ejection. Or a good chance of it anyways.


June 3rd, 2011
10:57 pm

I think that he was saying, did anyone get the tag number of that truck that just hit me, while he was laying there in the dirt.


June 3rd, 2011
10:58 pm

Poor Jordan Schafer is living out that saying, ” if it wasn’t for bad luck I’d have no luck at all”.


June 3rd, 2011
10:59 pm

Let’s go Dan!

Bob the Blogger

June 3rd, 2011
11:09 pm

I wonder if the Mets are tipping their caps to Chipper and Hinske. Should we be tipping our caps to Jose Reyes for missing that grounder? Is hat tipping anything like cow tipping?

Bill in VA

June 3rd, 2011
11:12 pm

I’m tipping my cap to Carroll; good job, Carroll!!

Dennis Reynolds

June 3rd, 2011
11:21 pm

Never would I rejoice in the fact that a person is hurt, but maybe Jose Constanza will get his well-deserved shot at playing in the big leagues.

Career AAA line (2 years):
.317/ .368/ .383
46:9 stolen base ratio

I’ll take that over Schafer’s numbers anyday.

Carroll Rogers

June 3rd, 2011
11:29 pm

Thanks Bill in VA…


June 3rd, 2011
11:34 pm

Thank you for the quick update.


June 3rd, 2011
11:39 pm

…you guys are kidding about Joe Simpson right?…he is a BRAVES broadcaster…you suppose he truly is impartial and wants the other team to win as much as he wants the Braves to succeed? Broadcasters with no ties to a team, broadcasting on national networks have to be impartial…but, Simpson is paid to be partial to the Braves…I suppose that fool in NY who says…”yankees win…the-uhuhuhuh yankees win” is impartial?…or the fool in Chicago who says…”you can put it on the board…ah yeaheese” wonder why he doesn’t do that for the White Sox opponants? The are paid to be cheerleaders just like Simpson….and to the Mets fan who started this whole thing…he was right Reyes was out at 3rd.


June 3rd, 2011
11:53 pm

Not sure about the other comments but I never said he wasn’t pulling for the Braves. He’s impartial as in a strike is a strike no matter which teams pitcher threw it. Most other broadcasters will not call the game like that.

Him Tudson

June 3rd, 2011
11:58 pm

Did someone say Costanza? Will he double dip the chip? Will he crush on Marisa Tomei?


June 4th, 2011
12:02 am

Skip Caray was the ultimate homer and we loved him for it. Go Braves!

Rowland's Office

June 4th, 2011
12:04 am

Joe’s a pro and an easy listen. His broadcast partner, meanwhile, is an insufferable doofus.

Ron Hyatt

June 4th, 2011
12:05 am

Soduk said: “I don’t know what is worse… fouling a bunt off of your face or visiting a New York area hospital…?”

. Imagine having to take the 7 Train to the ballpark looking like you’re riding through Beirut next to some kid with purple hair, next to some queer with AIDS, right next to some dude who just got out of jail for the fourth time, right next to some 20-year-old mom with four kids. It’s depressing…


June 4th, 2011
12:21 am

I want my announcer to be a homer. If you don’t like it listen to a Mets broadcast.


June 4th, 2011
1:46 am

Joe Simpson is the BRAVES Announcer. He’s paid to be a homer, he doesn’t have to be impartial. Kirk Herbstreit, Lee Corso, Dickie V, everyone’s favorite EA (Erin Andrews) & others that work for ESPN doing National games are paid to be objective, they’re supposed to be impartial. Joe isn’t. GA’s Broadcaster of the yr, Wes Durham, the voice of GA Tech & the Falcons is also paid to be homer. Two of the most beloved broadcasters in the history of this state, Skip Caray & Larry Munson were also HOMERS. I personally love listening to Joe, I also really enjoy Don Sutton on the radio, & Tom G. when he does it.


June 4th, 2011
2:13 am

I hereby nominate the first post on this article for the “Greatest First Post Ever Award” award.


June 4th, 2011
4:28 am

The baseball Gods are being total bitches to Jordan Schafer.

What a crappy turn of events. Just when he gets another chance and starts to make the most of it.


June 4th, 2011
4:48 am

oh well next time learn how to bunt


June 4th, 2011
4:54 am

call up constanza

Najeh Davenpoop

June 4th, 2011
5:04 am

Get him a Rip Hamilton mask and put him back in the leadoff spot. The Braves need his .357 on base percentage.


June 4th, 2011
5:52 am

Soduk, you sound like an idiot when you say something like that.
I am from the ATL and have lived in NYC for about twenty years now……and yes, still a Braves fan and Braves fan only. That being said, over my 20 yrs I have been to the ER twice, and my daughter was both born in and later had surgery in a NY hospital. I have nothing but the utmost respect for those hospitals. Incredible state of the art medicine that was second to none.
GO ATL!!!!!!!

old timer

June 4th, 2011
6:34 am

Main story says JS was injured in his nose and lip area. That is encouraging in that the big worry would be his eyes, his vision. Broken nose, if that’s all it is, should not keep him out very long. His defense is enough to make him the regular center fielder. He is going to be Andy Van Slyke out there. He can lead off if he can draw enough walks to keep his on-base percentage up. He also might, with regular ABs, wind up hitting around .270-.280. I think we need this kid to make the playoffs.


June 4th, 2011
6:50 am

would a broken nose keep him out? baseball is nasically a non-contact sport and shouldnt impact on batting/fielding

Johnny B

June 4th, 2011
7:20 am

Dude…have you ever had a broken nose?

Not only does it hurt like hell but you can’t breathe as you normal would, you eyes water blurring your vision and I imagine running would only make it worse. Maybe it want keep him out too long but I would expect him to be out a few games -or- he could be right back in there today(?)

Coach (2011 Fredi G.a Go!)

June 4th, 2011
7:23 am

Rowland’s Office, exactly. Joe Simpson is a pro while Chip Caray is a foot in the mouth waiting to happen. Some of these fans are THE HOMERS.

As for Jordan Schafer, I’m surprised his injury isn’t worse. The bunted ball ricocheted right of his face. At any rate his loss makes our outfield even more depleted. Which my Braves could ill afford. Another outfielder headed for the DL, from bad to worse!

Gulf Coast

June 4th, 2011
7:31 am

Had to watch last night’s game through MLB XtraInnings which means I had to watch Mets broadcast . . . their announcers (Darling, Hernandez, and Stern) are absolutely abysmal. Makes me miss Simpson, who is an excellent broadcaster!


June 4th, 2011
7:41 am

Soduk was joking people. Lighten up.

not uggla

June 4th, 2011
7:45 am

joe simpson is the only braves announcer, the others are just fill ins because they couldnt find anyone is stlll a waste

Chris P. Bacon

June 4th, 2011
7:57 am

Jordan Schafer is snakebit. That poor guy simply cannot catch a break (his nose and wrist excepted, of course).


June 4th, 2011
8:06 am

Ernie Johnson Jr’s dad Ernis Senior was the best objective homer. He always called the play-by-play as he saw it, even if his asides made it apparent he worked for the Braves.

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Objective Announcer

June 4th, 2011
8:23 am

You people keep using the word “homer” when referring to Braves’ announcers. Being a “homer” means you think every call should go your way, the other team sucks, and your guys are perfect. Exhibit A of this kind of announcing is the White Sox crew–Hawk Harrelson is the WORST. He gloats at the other team’s misfortune, tells opposing batters to “sit down” when they strike out, and does that stupid, “You can putitontheboard….YES!” homerun call. THAT is homerism. Skip and Joe and Don Ernie (and for the most part ALL of the Braves announcers that I can remember) DO want the Braves to win…they cover them for a 162 games a year. Can you imagine covering a sorry team for a season that lasted that long? But I don’t consider our guys to be homers. Skip ALWAYS said, “Honesty compels me…”–his way of saying, “I’m as big a Braves fan as you are, but the call should have gone to the other team.” I respected that about him. I think for the most part Joe follows in that tradition. Occasionally, he begs for strikes too much, and I’ve seen an ump miss calls both ways, and Joe will only mention the call that went against the Braves, BUT–he usually toes the line pretty well, while keeping his allegiance to Atlanta. NOT a homer in my book.

Tommy Boggs

June 4th, 2011
8:23 am

Soduk is a joke.

Don Sutton #1

June 4th, 2011
9:18 am

Tommy if you have not been to a NY Hospital then you don’t know if Soduk is a joke are not. I have been to some very bad hospitals but I would think NY has some of the best…but who knows?

Braves Fan Since 1966

June 4th, 2011
9:37 am

I think Joe and Chip are really good together in the TV booth and I enjoy their call olf the game. They are Braves announcers and I like it that they are on the Braves team.

Not a moron

June 4th, 2011
9:39 am

Some of you people are idiots. I have watched the Braves for 30 years, and judging from the comments above, some of you on hear are probably 12 years old or just don’t really watch baseball.

Jordan’s failed bunt attempt last night doesn’t mean that he doesn’t know how to bunt. Anyone who thinks this is the case has never played competitive baseball. When a pitch runs up in on you (especially considering the spin of the baseball), this can happen. I’ve actually seen it before. 2nd point: calling Joe Simpson a homer is ridiculous. He’s the best announcer the Braves have had since Eddie Sr., partly due to his objectivity. He gives all players their due, regardless of team. And finally, for those of you who want Jordan to fail, shame on you. Jose Constanza is not the answer. Check out that abysmal slugging percentage. There’s a reason the guy hasn’t been called up yet. Wilkin Ramirez will probably come up anyway before Jose does.


June 4th, 2011
9:50 am

and people poke fun at hockey..what a sport, a broken nose gets you on the DL. garnet exelby played with a broken foot, eric boulton FOUGHT with a broken nose and busted hand, baseball players are pampered. poor chipper, he gets hurt every time his cleats hit the dirt.


June 4th, 2011
9:55 am

I’m a Mets fan, came here to get update on Schafer, hoping he wasn’t hurt as badly as that incident looked. Broken nose is bad enough, hopefully nothing more of serious nature. I wish Jordan speedy recovery. .

Now I wasn’t expecting any NY hospital bashing, but as others have said, New York City has some of the finest teaching hospitals in the country. As a New Yorker, I and loved ones have been to some for tests, surgeries, matters of life and death.

So Soduk, and anyone else interested, in the annual U.S. News and World Report Nationwide Hospital Poll, New York City Has –

The #1 rated Orthopedic hospital in the country, perhaps where Mr. Schafer was taken given that’s where Mets orthopedic injuries are evaluated and treated,

NYC has the #1 and #7 rated in Geriatrics,

#3 and #8 in,Reumatology,

#2 in Cancer,

#5 and #9 in Gastroenterology,

#6 in Heart and Heart Surgery,

#7 in Diabetes & Endocrinology

#9 and #10 in Gynecology

#4 in Kidney Disorders

#4 and #9 in Neurology & Neurosurgery

#4 in Psychiatry

#7 in Rehabilitation

#6 and #8 in Urology

Not a moron

June 4th, 2011
10:00 am

LongTimeFan, nice post. You are always welcome here, in my book (as is any true baseball fan, as you seem to be).

Thanks for the list, but for those of us who are educated (and while some in the South are dumb rednecks, many of us are well-educated), we are aware of how great the hospitals in NY are. I’m actually a physician myself, and I almost did my residency in NYC. There are some great training programs there.

As a Braves fan, I appreciate the opposition coming over here to check on one of our players. Thanks.


June 4th, 2011
10:06 am

Well this sucks. Hopefully he’s back soon. His defense sis needed


June 4th, 2011
10:09 am

hey guys, Soduk was just makeing funny, the medical profession is critical to everyone, and I am sure all medical professionals laughed in the spirit that it was meant. Lighten up

Dirty Dawg

June 4th, 2011
10:13 am

If the hockey player that took that puck up-side his nose the other night can come back for the remainder of the game, then surely young Mr. Schafer can play with a broken nose. If he can’t breath through it, then use his mouth – he may have to give up that damn tobacco but what’s wrong with that? Fact is we need the kid and since he still seems to have to work to gain the respect of his teammates, coming back and playing tonight would go a long way in that area. And as for his bunting ability – if that was the comment the Calhoun guy was making – the kid was squaring around to be sure he got that ball down, the pitcher threw directly at his chest and the rest is history. If he’s not suffering from concussion-like symptoms, play him.


June 4th, 2011
10:21 am

New York as well as Atlanta have many fine hospitals. I cant say that about their baseball teams


June 4th, 2011
10:28 am

Constanza should be called up. He is a much better player than Schafers. Look at their stats


June 4th, 2011
10:40 am

Both NY and Atlanta hospitals methodically take all your money; so the comment about NY hospitals has no merit.

I wish the Braves could trade for a CF. One thing about Jordan, he brought speed to the team and range in CF.
This Braves team is not the most atheletic. I can run faster than Henski, McCann, Chipper (40), Freeman and many of the other Teammates.

When McOut returns, that will help in CF.

John Rocker

June 4th, 2011
10:48 am

F… NY and the hospital you were born in….

Not a moron

June 4th, 2011
10:49 am

Bitter much, Rick? Maybe one day there will be free care so that people like you can suck off the teat of all of the health care providers. Health care isn’t free, Rick.

And it’s spelled Hinske. It kills me when Braves ‘fans’ can’t even spell the names of our players.

DB Cooper

June 4th, 2011
10:50 am

Constanza is not on the 40 man roster. Unless they remove someone from it to make room for him it’ll be wilkin ramirez if JS gets disabled

braves fan forever

June 4th, 2011
10:51 am

Schafer is beginning to show why he should be in centerfield.I hope he can play with the broken nose.I like him and yes he can bunt it was just an accident.I would like to see some of these idiotson here come to the plate and see how many good bunts they can get down in ten pitches.Maybe one of those pitches would tip off the bat and hit them right between the eyes.Hey mets fan I hope you don’t get mad about this statement but Reyes is a good shortstop not a great one.He like to hotdog it to much for me and yes he makes great plays,but the easy ones he missies do you reckon Wilphong will say something in the media about the missed ball I know terry collins face was so red you could cook and egg on it.Also I see injuries have really taken a toll on beltrans speed.The same way with Chipper.Anyway hey were are only 2.5 out man if we can just start hitting.W e have a tuff task against Gee today.Go Braves.


June 4th, 2011
10:53 am

I’m not sure who was complaining about the quality of hospital care in NYC, but I think the bigger complaint would be the other “guests” you would most likely run into while at the hospital. But really, can it be much worse than going to a hospital around Atlanta? I call them “guests,” since most of the people who visit hospitals these days aren’t paying for the services they receive.

I’d prefer to stay out of any hospital — NYC or Atlanta — thank you very much.

And more importantly, I hope Schafer is ok.


June 4th, 2011
11:21 am

Heal up quick Schafer and get back in the line-up……..Lets hope nothing happens to Freeman. He’s the hottest hitter on the team.


June 4th, 2011
11:24 am

Not a moron – Thanks for your goodwill reply.

I’m Mets fan second, and human being first. A baseball is such as dangerous weapon, could end it all right there. After what the Atlanta Braves family went through this spring with the loss of an eye and near death in the dugout, another tragedy is more than one team or player should bear. At least baseball has a more prudent approach to injury and head/face trauma. Not all sports have caught up like the hockey and boxing examples cited by others for opposite reasons. You being a physician, I know you get it. Athletes aren’t much as they like to believe.I hope Jordan hasn’t incurred a concussion that might take a few days to manifest. I don’t think David Wright, Jason Bay and Ryan Church have been the same, since.


June 4th, 2011
11:41 am

some players are cursed by injury. I hope schafer recovers quickly.


June 4th, 2011
11:43 am

I would preter Costanza over Mather, although I’ve only seen him once. Schafer seemed to be playing good defense. Did anyone notice that Fredi sacrifice’s every time we have first and third with one out and the pitcher batting. I don’t understand this strategy. If successful we end up with secon and third with 2 outs needing a two out hit. Lowe should have swung away last night in the second inning. Fredi killed a potential big inning with that call. I wonder how many times this situation occured where the pitcher sacrificed (with one out and first and third) and we actually scored. I say give the pitcher the chance to drive in the run. Giving up the man on third with less than two outs is idiotic. Fredi better get his act together. Batting Uggla eightth also does nothing for his confidence. Leave Uggla alone and he’ll get his 30 hrs.

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"The Snake"

June 4th, 2011
2:14 pm

I don’t know why anyone would complain about NYC hospitals. 20 years ago I and several ladies I was entertaining had to go to the emergency room to remove a hamster from my colon. The NYC staff were extremely kind to me. Later, I met a crack dealer in the bathroom in the hospital who hooked me up for a quick score. If anyone wants to know more about the NYC, ask Dusty Rhodes he was once in a coma at a NYC hospital for 3 weeks.


June 4th, 2011
4:26 pm

“If anyone wants to know more about the NYC, ask Dusty Rhodes he was once in a coma at a NYC hospital for 3 weeks”.
Good idea “Snake” but as he was in a coma I don’t suppose he remembers much about it.

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