Uggla hopes to return to lineup Saturday, Schafer soon as well

Second baseman Dan Uggla said he saw significant improvement in his strained left calf on Friday and if he saw similar improvement overnight, he expected to be back in the Braves lineup Saturday against the Reds.

Uggla hit off a tee Friday afternoon and took batting practice on the field.

“Hopefully it’ll be that much better tomorrow,” Uggla said. “And if it’s that much better tomorrow, I should be able to play on it.”

Uggla strained his calf during a sixth-inning at-bat on Wednesday night against the Rockies. He played two more innings in the field that day but came out of the game for a pinch runner after singling to tie the game in the eighth.

Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said he would only pinch hit Uggla if he absolutely had to Friday night.

“You’re always scared because of the competitiveness of these athletes, especially him,” Gonzalez said. “That the first step out of the box, there he goes and something bad happens.”

Jordan Schafer missed his second consecutive start with a jammed middle finger, which he injured Wednesday night sliding into second base. Schafer said the swelling has gone down considerably but he still can’t grip a bat comfortably.

“Hopefully it’ll be all right tomorrow or the next day,” Schafer said.

Schafer was available Friday night to pinch run and play defense.

9 comments Add your comment

eskippy

July 22nd, 2011
6:55 pm

A brain cell

July 22nd, 2011
7:22 pm

No rush Schafer, take as long as you need. Preferably take until November

mack

July 22nd, 2011
7:22 pm

Quit w/ the 1st stuff. It’s retarded.

Hopefully these two are back by the weekend, and we’ll have someone else coming along via trade to help out..

Joseph

July 22nd, 2011
8:15 pm

I like Schafer and his defense, but until we see what happens with the trade market maybe at most plattoon with McLouth in CF. His OBP is way too low to lead off. If they don’t trade for a guy who can play CF this coming week, then here’s to hoping that Schafer works his rear end off on his hitting in the off season. And can get on base for at least a .350 OBP. If Heyward can keep doing what he has done last 2 games, I could live with what they have for now. But will be interesting to see who/if they get in a trade.

Eric Jay the Brave Fan

July 23rd, 2011
2:45 am

Dan Ugla is looking more like Dan Ugla but after listening to the game Friday night and watching him hobble around the bases after the game winning blast, I can’t help but think about Kirk Gibson. Just a thought. Hopefully it’s more where that came from.

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Dennis Reynolds

July 23rd, 2011
12:36 pm

Dan Uggla’s the man. Never doubted him a second.

Saskatoon Bob

July 23rd, 2011
2:36 pm

I watch 8 to 10 NL games every week and the Braves’ announcers are among my favourites. However, PeachTree’s sound technician is the worst in the business. The volume fluctuates continuously, so that I have to crank up the volume to hear the comments, only to have to lower again. It’s become such a nuisance that I’ve taken to watching other NL games when they’re on at the same time as the Braves. This problem does not exist on any of the Fox or SrortsNet channels, nor on WGN or PIX. It did not happen on TBS. I’m sure that PeachTree could care less about some guy in Saskatchewan, but surely you guys must be bugged by this too. I’d appreciate it if some of you would start complaining to PeachTree about this. Thanks.

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