McLouth makes it three Braves DL’d in three days

The growing ranks of the Braves’ walking wounded were joined Friday by outfielder Nate McLouth, who went on the 15-day disabled list with a lower abdominal strain.

Injured making a throw from center field Thursday, McLouth became the third Brave and second outfielder on the DL in three days. Catcher Brian McCann (oblique strain) and center fielder Jordan Schafer (fractured finger) were DL’d on Wednesday.

Third baseman Chipper Jones returned from the DL on Monday after arthroscopic knee surgery, then hurt his right quadriceps in his first game back and has since been limited to pinch-hitting duty. Jones might return to the lineup this weekend against Florida.

“We’ll survive it,” Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said of the spate of injuries. “We always talk about how every team goes through it. Whether it’s early in the year, late in the year, the middle of the year. I have all the confidence in our club, that we’re going to be able to survive that.”

To replace McLouth, the Braves brought up 27-year-old speedster Jose Constanza from Triple-A Gwinnett and started him in center field, batting leadoff in his major league debut Friday.

It’s the second DL stint of the season for McLouth, who missed 22 games for a strained oblique.

With the Sunday non-waiver trade deadline approaching and the Braves already on the market for a right-handed-hitting outfielder, Gonzalez was asked whether the McLouth injury might have changed their outlook or urgency.

“I don’t know,” he said. “We still have the third-best record in the National League. You still feel pretty good about your club. Obviously now, if the trade deadline comes and goes, we’ve still got to weather the storm.”

A day earlier, general manager Frank Wren said the McCann and Schafer injuries would not affect the Braves’ strategy at the trade deadline.

The Braves were among a handful of teams pursuing the most-coveted hitter on the trade  market, Houston Astros All-Star outfielder Hunter Pence, but he was traded to rival Philadelphia on Friday night for a package that included the Phillies’ top hitting prospect and top pitching prospect.

The Astros’ asked for two of the Braves’ “big four” pitching prospects, a group that includes Julio Teheran, Arodys Vizcaino, Randall Delgado and lefty Mike Minor. The Braves wouldn’t include Mike Minor in a deal for three-month rental Carlos Beltran last week, and refused to part with two of those arms in a deal for Pence.

The Braves also have had discussions with the Chicago White Sox about outfielder Carlos Quentin, whose 20 homers and 62 RBIs would be team-highs for Atlanta. But the Sox are in a tight race in the American League  Central and might hang on to Quentin.

There are less-expensive corner-outfield options the Braves have considered, including San Diego’s Ryan Ludwick and Oakland’s Josh Willingham.

They’ve also discussed to varying degrees several center fielders including Astros standout Michael Bourn (though he bats left-handed), enigmatic Tampa Bay talent B.J. Upton and the Chicago Cubs’ Marlon Byrd.

231 comments Add your comment

AK Braves Fan

July 29th, 2011
7:56 pm

Furcal baby!!!

CodySpruill

July 29th, 2011
8:01 pm

C’mon McLouth! Get better! Already miss you!

snellville jacket

July 29th, 2011
8:10 pm

Is there a conditioning coach on the brave’s staff? Maybe they need a new one or at leats one. These are muscle pulls.

McFann O O Get Well Soon, BMac!!!

July 29th, 2011
8:12 pm

Has it been 15 days yet?

smallmouth6

July 29th, 2011
8:13 pm

I’ve been patient and supportive of McClouth, but this DL list thing seems to getting more like “flu like symptoms.” I’m ready for McClouth to move on and the Braves need to make it clear to future players that they make millions of dollars and minor injuries are not DL worthy. Especially in a pennant race. I’m just not buying into McClouth anymore.

"Chef" Tim Dix

July 29th, 2011
8:14 pm

Hey Boss: Why is Furky a bad fit?

BravesfaninWis

July 29th, 2011
8:15 pm

Just read on MLB Trade Rumors that the Phillies and Astros are closing in on a Hunter Pence deal. So our division rivals will get much stronger while we have a desperate need for a player like Pence and will end up with another teams scraps like Ludwick or Willingham. Seems about par for the course for the Braves.

Barry Zuckercorn

July 29th, 2011
8:16 pm

Wren will NEVER deal with Furcal’s agent after getting worked by him.

Don’t think we will miss McClouth

"Chef" Tim Dix

July 29th, 2011
8:16 pm

Like your logic on Quentin.

You GM you….

1eyedJack

July 29th, 2011
8:22 pm

What the he!!’s going on around here!?

"Chef" Tim Dix

July 29th, 2011
8:24 pm

I COMMAND YOU TO MAKE THIS COLUMN INTO A LIVE BLOG!

O'Brien's Brain

July 29th, 2011
8:25 pm

Our Braves suck, we need a SS who can hit and that will hustle, a CF that can hit at least .250
a RF that can hit and a ream team trainer that player are contractually bound to follow.
Do any of these guys on the team stretch? We have more muscle pulls and strains than the rest
of all the teams in baseball.

O'Brien's Brain

July 29th, 2011
8:26 pm

real team trainer that players are contractually bound to follow.

the truth...

July 29th, 2011
8:27 pm

I think Wren’s plan is wait till next year…..

…he should be thankful his job is not an elected one…..

"Chef" Tim Dix

July 29th, 2011
8:28 pm

Hendu

July 29th, 2011
8:29 pm

These oblique (abdomen) pulls do seem rampant in ATL: McLouth, Chipper, McCann, McLouth again.
Situps, roman chair, bag jumps, sit on the wall, lift some darn weights. McLouth and Chipper are falling apart and we must part company with them.

Churchy

July 29th, 2011
8:30 pm

Should have called up OF’er Jorge Seinfeld.

pete

July 29th, 2011
8:31 pm

If the Braves do not make a move I think Wren needs to be fired.

"Chef" Tim Dix

July 29th, 2011
8:32 pm

Hendu : It’s knowing when to lay off the legal supplament CREATINE.

j

July 29th, 2011
8:36 pm

So it takes Minor and who else to get Pence?

Jimbo Jones

July 29th, 2011
8:37 pm

Wren has done a great job with the budget he has to work with. Who would you Wren haters rather have in his place?

He will come through this time, but won’t needlessly mortgaging the future. Even if we get Pence, not sure we’re going to do any better than the wildcard.

Ace of Hearts

July 29th, 2011
8:39 pm

Why would we trade for a corner outfielder? who is going to sit Heyward or Prado? Assuming that Chipper is playing third.

pete

July 29th, 2011
8:42 pm

If we do not make a move there is no free agents that we can sign in the off season, so the offense will be just as bad next year

Ace of Hearts

July 29th, 2011
8:42 pm

You are right Jimbo, even with a big move the WC is probably the best that can be hoped for. Then the hot team will win the playoffs. Look no further than the Marlins for proof. They have one more World Championship than the braves.

the truth...

July 29th, 2011
8:42 pm

@Jimbo Jones

Well Jimbo…that’s what we want at this point…win the wild card and get in the playoffs.

WestOfAthens

July 29th, 2011
8:45 pm

Leave it alone i say, no need to disband talent that the Braves have in the cupboard. It has been a while since Bravos had arms in the wait. The team will recover with what it has, no need to think “2011″ when the season is in full stride. Check the record,injuries have played throughout all year,and yet still involved, why cross the centerline now?

O'Brien's Brain

July 29th, 2011
8:46 pm

Ace of Hearts, so you don’t want to sit Heyward and his .222 batting average? I think he hits every other pitch back to the pitcher. I’d bench in a heartbeat.

pete

July 29th, 2011
8:47 pm

West, sounds like the same thing people were saying last season

Barry Zuckercorn

July 29th, 2011
8:49 pm

Come on, even if they wanted to fire Wren, who would do it? A faceless
PO BOX in Colorado?

Barry Zuckercorn

July 29th, 2011
8:49 pm

But Pete remember last season? Farnsworth, Ankiel and Lee. Please, not again

pete

July 29th, 2011
8:52 pm

I agree, half assed trades for half assed players. If you are going to make a freaking deal, make it worth it.

TIRED OF MEDIOCRITY

July 29th, 2011
9:01 pm

Frank Wren had better hurry up and get with the program or there will be no playoffs..Sorry Frank but you have got to give up something to get something.Minor at best is a 3 starter and Pence is an allstar so come on and pull the plug.

pete

July 29th, 2011
9:01 pm

Per mlb trade rumors a deal for Pence is expected to be completed tonight

by the phillies.

I hate frank wren

Don Sutton

July 29th, 2011
9:02 pm

NO Willingham, NO Ludwick…give up one of the big 4 for Pence. Why can’t he play CF? Already would have to face Beltran and the Giants in round 1…then Pence in Philly if we get to the NLCS?? Can’t let that happen! Getting him would be a good offensive (i.e., make the Braves better) and a good defensive (i.e., prevent Philly from getting better) move!

BravesfaninWis

July 29th, 2011
9:02 pm

Its being said that the Phillies and Astros are close to a deal and its expected tonight. Braves will be looking up at the Phillies not only this year, but for several years to come. Pence is available to them next season, and if he produces, they will more than likely sign him long term. The Braves can never sign a high profile player because of their cheap arse ownership group. It sure would be nice for just once to get the players that will help this team get to, and win the World Series. Those days are long over for the Atlanta Braves.

EDIMGIAFAD

July 29th, 2011
9:03 pm

Frank, throw Uggla in with Minor for Pence. Pence can play LF and Prado can go back to 2B and the team batting average will go up.

BravesfaninWis

July 29th, 2011
9:05 pm

Wren sat on his hands far to long and the more aggressive (in every category imaginable) team in the Phillies gave up what was needed to land a very good player like Pence. That’s what happens when you sit idly by and are in denial about what your team needs. Maybe one day the Braves will get back to being the Atlanta Braves.

bsb7

July 29th, 2011
9:07 pm

wish i knew half as much as all the experts here–i do agree with o’brain-more stretching–and maybe less weights—jus sayin—go braves!!!

edward

July 29th, 2011
9:07 pm

Too bad that until we get a real owner this is what we have to deal with every season. This team was and will be sold as a tax break opportunity. Forget Wren for now, we need new owners!! And yes, if he sits pat then we are pretty much screwed. How many of the “Big 4″ are in the majors next year? MAYBE 2? ONE? Why not trade one for the bat we need now? We stock pile pitchers but never hitters. They should try to go after developing hitters in the minors too…

[...] Pence isn’t the greatest baserunner and he also is an average fielder at best. Worse yet, the Braves are in need of a centerfielder, and Pence also does not fill that need. This is especially true after Nate McLouth was recently placed on the 15-day DL. [...]

BravesfaninWis

July 29th, 2011
9:11 pm

Philly is dismantling the team that just hammered on the Braves. Beating the Pirates 8-0. Now add Hunter Pence to that mix, and they now easily have a World Series winning team. How can a team lose a guy like Jason Werth and then be better? I guess its because their front office is smarter than ours, and the owners have deeper pockets than the losers we have. Its a shame.

pete

July 29th, 2011
9:12 pm

I would offer Heyward and Minor for Pence and Bourn in a heart beat

O'Brien's Brain

July 29th, 2011
9:13 pm

Why The Braves Shouldn’t Trade for Hunter Pence « Joe Sportswriter
well said Joe

pete

July 29th, 2011
9:14 pm

Pence is an average fielder? Over the last 2 seasons he leads the NL in assist

ryan

July 29th, 2011
9:14 pm

I guess Phillie has had a great day baseball and football they got top FA in NFL and get 2nd best player at the deadline all in one day .

the truth...

July 29th, 2011
9:15 pm

@edward

the problem is not that we won’t give Houston the pitcher (Minot) that they want….it is that they want two….Minor and Delgado….

Supposedly Wren agreed to Delgado but not Minor….

Paul

July 29th, 2011
9:17 pm

“Trouble afoot for Florida.” -Chip Caray, following a Gonzalez error that resulted in Florida getting runners on first and second with no outs.

Did he simply misspeak?

This is in fact the third time I’ve heard him say something like that in such a circumstance. (The last was against San Diego, I think.) I don’t mean to make too much of this, but it seems to me that someone who essentially speaks for a living should understand what the word “for” means.

Hardly is he alone, of course. The phrase “precocious beyond his years” (from one of the Fox announcers in last season’s Falcons-Seahawks game) takes the cake in my view, but they at least did not appear to share Caray’s penchant for nonsensical taglines, “The former redbird circles the nest!” and so forth.

edward

July 29th, 2011
9:19 pm

@ the truth

Ahhh. Yes, that would be a deal breaker. One leaving is ok but in 2 years most of those will be up and losing 2 would be rather dumb. Just frustrating to see others get the players and the Braves settling for the scraps.

Big Will

July 29th, 2011
9:24 pm

Can we cut Mclouth already! Should have sent him with the Pirates when they left town.

Perlo

July 29th, 2011
9:25 pm

Given all these oblique injuries (and I don’t believe it re McClouth), it may be time for someone to look
at the conditioning issues regarding the players.
And what does Jeff Porter do, exactly? This team must be in pretty lousy physical shape for the players to get these injuries resulting from routine throws.

ryan

July 29th, 2011
9:28 pm

Bring in Willingham or Ludwick there not bad players just i don’t see us catching the Phillies .

TS

July 29th, 2011
9:33 pm

I get tired of the Liberty Media bashing. The simple truth is that if the Braves had 45,000 fans at every single home game like the Phillies do, the Braves would have a lot more money to spend, like the Phillies do. It’s BS to watch weeknight games with 30,000 empty seats and blame the ownership group for tight purse strings.

pete

July 29th, 2011
9:35 pm

TS, shut up. When you lose in the playoffs 14 out of 15 years it is kinda hard to blame the fans

lannnerbraves

July 29th, 2011
9:35 pm

It is official, the Phillies get Hunter Pence…unreal…frank wren is looking more and more like a bush leaguer..the guy has never won crap…he was run out of baltimore.

Don Sutton

July 29th, 2011
9:36 pm

Willingham and Ludwick = Ankiel 2010 — marginal players who are not difference makers.

lannnerbraves

July 29th, 2011
9:37 pm

Liberty media has plenty of money…they just don’t care to invest much in their baseball team..sell the team to Arthur Blank…

pete

July 29th, 2011
9:37 pm

don sutton is correct. Just like Ankiel we will get a second tier guy that will make little to no difference in the team

WestOfAthens

July 29th, 2011
9:38 pm

Some of these comments aim at the fact the Braves are NOT in first. Isn’t the goal to make the playoffs? just make it, right? Braves are on the path, shame so many think “all is lost” because we dont spend spend spend, it is good to save too people, look at the economy as it stands!

lannnerbraves

July 29th, 2011
9:39 pm

The Giants have shown that they have what it takes to handle the phillies..not sure what it is, but they turn it up a notch when they play them…

huddie ledbetter

July 29th, 2011
9:40 pm

Not too upset we didn’t pay the enormous price for Pence but obviously wish he’d gone somewhere other than Philly. Really wish they’d had to give up Brown, I think he’s gonna be a player.

ryan

July 29th, 2011
9:40 pm

Maybe there still a chance we get Carlos Quentin .

pete

July 29th, 2011
9:41 pm

Westofathens is a moron folks. The goal is to win a WS, NBA title or Super Bowl. Not to make the freaking playoffs.

WestOfAthens

July 29th, 2011
9:41 pm

Don Sutton gets paid for his comments, what do you receive?

pete

July 29th, 2011
9:42 pm

I paid D1 baseball. What did you do?

WestOfAthens

July 29th, 2011
9:43 pm

“win” the playoffs, isn”t that the ultimate goal, the ws…..who is the moron

Tampa Gator

July 29th, 2011
9:43 pm

TS………

What else is there to do in Philly but to eat a Philly Cheese Steak while standing on a street corner watching one Philadelphian abuse another…..or abuse some unknowing visitor who did not know better than to visit the City of Brotherly Hate. When you have one 14 Western Division Titles in a row….then talk smack about the Braves. Until then…..show some respect for a first class organization.

pete

July 29th, 2011
9:44 pm

. Isn’t the goal to make the playoffs? just make it, right?

That is what you put moron

Fredi Gonzalez

July 29th, 2011
9:44 pm

I’d like to tip my cap to The King of Mediocrity; Frank Wren. Helluva job leading to trade deadline, Frank. Thanks for the help.

WestOfAthens

July 29th, 2011
9:44 pm

i paid 23 bills in one day, and i didn”t have to “borrow” to do so, lol

Don Sutton

July 29th, 2011
9:45 pm

THIS “Don Sutton” doesn’t get paid for his comments…maybe I should.

pete

July 29th, 2011
9:46 pm

Why do you care what LIberty Media spends or saves?

Tampa Gator

July 29th, 2011
9:46 pm

Also……

I don’t give up any of the top 4 pitching prospects for Hunter Pence…….you win with pitching and defense……and go get another hitter that is not as costly…..REMEMBER GETTING TEX from the RANGERS for two pitching prospects, a catching prospect, and a young shortstop. Wish you could have that one back now?

pete

July 29th, 2011
9:47 pm

I would just like to say that I wish they would trade Heyward, what a joke

ryan

July 29th, 2011
9:47 pm

I have been to Philadelphia i do have admit there very passionate about there sports teams .

pete

July 29th, 2011
9:48 pm

Tampa, remember getting Fred McGriff for prospects. Name one that was an All-star

WestOfAthens

July 29th, 2011
9:48 pm

Braves have depth, they are not first granted, but they are still alive, don’t panic people. Make the postseaon, and things can happen. There are a plethora of teams that wouldn’t even have the chance.
lighten up, and root for your team, no need for hate and bs

pete

July 29th, 2011
9:49 pm

I am going to assume that west is an Obama fan. Has to be

WestOfAthens

July 29th, 2011
9:51 pm

4-0, all is lost in Atlanta

pete

July 29th, 2011
9:51 pm

Heyward could not hit a bear in the ass with a bucket of rice

WestOfAthens

July 29th, 2011
9:52 pm

Haha pete, i adore your racist comment. Now i know you have no hope, i actually thought you had a legit argument, tsk tsk

pete

July 29th, 2011
9:53 pm

What was a racist comment?

pete

July 29th, 2011
9:54 pm

I never said anything about race. What are you talking about?

huddie ledbetter

July 29th, 2011
9:54 pm

@WestOfAthens – you must be on the wrong blog – no hate and BS:-)

WestOfAthens

July 29th, 2011
9:54 pm

Look at that, Martin is awesome….depth will save the bravos

pete

July 29th, 2011
9:54 pm

You have to be a liberal puss if you think I was ever talking about someone’s race

pete

July 29th, 2011
9:55 pm

Am I not allowed to dislike a black player even if he sucks? Is that racist now?

WestOfAthens

July 29th, 2011
9:56 pm

suffer with me, or wither away without….

kerryb

July 29th, 2011
9:56 pm

We may have something in this Constaza guy. A career .300 hitter in the minors for 7 years. Maybe i’ts time to give him a shot. He can sure fly around those bases

WestOfAthens

July 29th, 2011
9:57 pm

does our president currently play baseball?

WestOfAthens

July 29th, 2011
9:57 pm

Depth kerryb, thank you for posting that

pete

July 29th, 2011
9:58 pm

that is what I thought west. You have zero answer to what was racist. Grow up, everyone is not racist

kerryb

July 29th, 2011
9:58 pm

The Braves are stacked in the minors.

pete

July 29th, 2011
9:59 pm

What does that have to do with race? I think you are liberal, it had nothing to do with him being black moron. DO you always assume someone is being racist? I guess I need to wake up my minority wife and tell her a liberal thinks I am racist

Tampa Gator

July 29th, 2011
9:59 pm

Pete…..

What is a liberal puss? Must be someone who is stupid enough to drink sour Tea?

Tampa Gator

July 29th, 2011
10:00 pm

Pete…

That should be…..”not stupid enough to drink sour Tea”

kerryb

July 29th, 2011
10:01 pm

They also have an OF at Gwinnett named Stefan Gartrell that’s hit 21 HR this year there.

Fredi Gonzalez

July 29th, 2011
10:02 pm

I’d like to tip my cap to Nate’s strained abs. Gave us a chance to see Constanza contribute. Very cool for him.

WestOfAthens

July 29th, 2011
10:02 pm

Very true kerryb, Braves have looked back at what got them to back to back to back…etc div champs,. Still involved, GOING to make the playoffs, and come next year or mayyybe 2013, Braves will be unstoppable, call me insane?

kerryb

July 29th, 2011
10:02 pm

Why are you morons talking about race in a Braves blog? Lets talk about the team and get off of this stupid crap.

Tampa Gator

July 29th, 2011
10:02 pm

KerryB….

Just thinking the same thing……brings energy and lots of speed….and he makes consistent contact. From first impression….might not be the best defensive CF though.

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