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.