Tidbits: Chipper still a pinch-hitter, McLouth had “mild” issue before DL

Chipper Jones was out of the lineup again Saturday, still battling a strained right quadricep. Jones has been available to pinch-hit but likely won’t return to the lineup by the weekend, as Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez had hoped.

“He is feeling a little better,” Gonzalez said. “I would like to get him on the field and work him out a little bit before we decide [when he can return]. … The thing we worry about is when you get him on the field, he has to react one way or another. You can’t really control that. We worry about that a little bit.”

Jones is 0-for-3 as a pinch-hitter since returning from the disabled list after knee surgery and then suffered the strain in his first game back.

* Gonzalez said that centerfielder Nate McLouth had a “mild” issue with a lower abdominal strain that landed him on the 15-day disabled list Friday for much of the season. The manager said McLouth has been playing with the issue since “the second or third day of the season” but it wasn’t something the outfielder had to battle through.

“He was playing through it,” Gonzalez said.

McLouth landed on the disabled list after aggravating the issue on a throw. The lower abdominal strain is not related to the strained oblique that sidelined McLouth earlier this season.

* Catcher J.C. Boscan will start Sunday’s series-finale against the Marlins. David Ross, who has caught every inning since Brian McCann suffered a strained left oblique on July 26, will get a day off, according to Gonzalez. Ross caught the final 10 innings of the 19-inning contest against the Pirates Tuesday.

Boscan was recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett on Wednesday.

* The Braves, along with the city of Tuscaloosa, held Alabama Day on Saturday to raise awareness and funds for the Southeastern tornado relief efforts.

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Total Grace

July 30th, 2011
7:31 pm

First big boi

eskippy

July 30th, 2011
7:32 pm

Bobbys Booger

July 30th, 2011
7:55 pm

"Chef" Tim Dix

July 30th, 2011
7:57 pm

Timmy thinking 9 tonight.

RogueRunner

July 30th, 2011
7:57 pm

Looks like the Braves right-handed big bat has arrived.
Uggla on fire.

denglish

July 30th, 2011
7:58 pm

Chip Carey is the worst announcer in the history of broadcasting…………..

South Georgia Boy

July 30th, 2011
8:08 pm

Nice to have a little “breathing” room in a game. We’ve had enough tight ones lately.

A Brave in Minnesota

July 30th, 2011
8:11 pm

GO UGGLA!!! Who needs to make a trade!!!

NICE CROWD AT TURNER TONIGHT TOO!!!

Mike from the coast

July 30th, 2011
8:48 pm

If I were Frank Wren, I wouldn’t pull the trigger on a trade unless it is something that knocks our socks off. Hunter Pence may have been worth a couple of our top prospects. But that is done. I would ride it out and wait for McCann to get healthy. And despite some of you naysayers I think a healthy Chipper still has a lot of offer. That will give us three pretty good ballplayers hitting from the right side. Chipper, Uggla, and Prado.

1eyedJack

July 30th, 2011
8:52 pm

I wouldn’t have a problem throwing Ross in there against a tough lefty.

Mike from the coast

July 30th, 2011
8:55 pm

Agree 1eyed Jack. We are fortunate to have the best backup catcher in baseball.

1eyedJack

July 30th, 2011
9:04 pm

Cannot be underestimated. “Tools of ignorance,” Great arm, won’t embarrass himself at the plate.

Billy

July 30th, 2011
9:05 pm

Get Bourn, are BJ..do it Now!

budder

July 30th, 2011
9:07 pm

@Mike from the coast…If Pence would have been worth it, how about Michael Bourn? Prado, Bourn, Heyward – that’s a pretty good outfield. Plus Bourn would look great leading off…

Mets R Best

July 30th, 2011
9:08 pm

Hey Braves fans—in case you haven’t heard yet, the Giants signed the great Carlos Beltran and the Phillies got Hunter Pence. Those teams have GMs that actually do something.

Mike from the coast

July 30th, 2011
9:17 pm

@budder. Maybe one pitching prospect, not sure of other minor leaguers I’d want to give up. I still say we are set up for the long haul. We get 7 or 8 million off the books with KK and in another year 15 million off the books for Lowe. Chipper at most one more year I figure another 14 million. Think we can build a powerhouse. We got Uggla 5 more years, Freddie Freeman, McCann, and I think Jhey will turn it around eventually. Not to mention hope we sign Prado for the long term. I think Jordan Schaffer will get it together he’s only 24. Hopefully Pastornicky replaces Gonzales. I like our future. Don’t want to give up too much.

Farnsworthy

July 30th, 2011
9:19 pm

McOut did have a “mild” issue before he went on the DL. And the issue is he can’t hit.

Kimbrel rocks

July 30th, 2011
9:23 pm

40,000 fans in turner field pretty freakin good turn out

NCAA in athens

July 30th, 2011
9:44 pm

Crowell n not the I formation

StevoDeg

July 30th, 2011
9:44 pm

@Mike at the Coast, I agree wholeheartedly. The only move I see us making is for Bourn. We shouldn’t make a trade for the heck of it; we should do it to benefit. I can’t wait for Chipper to return. Once we get healthy in our lineup, look out with our pitching.
Go Braves!

urban redneck

July 30th, 2011
9:54 pm

there’s also the issue that he throws like my mom.

Mike from the coast

July 30th, 2011
9:55 pm

@StevoDeg What do you think it will take to get Bourne?

freddy

July 30th, 2011
9:56 pm

I think Schafer will get it together..Thats what they been sayin now for 2.5 years…where’s the juice?

BravesfaninWis

July 30th, 2011
10:04 pm

MLB Trade Rumors is saying that the Giants are interested in Bourn now. So my guess is that the Braves will sit back and watch the Giants take Bourn just like they took Beltran and the Phillies took Pence.

The Braves are a good team, all they have to do is add a offensive weapon to the mix and I would say they can compete this year. The problem is, they sit on their hands and do nothing while all the other teams go out and get every player that the Braves are interested in.

Joseph

July 30th, 2011
10:05 pm

Great game. Huddy looked the best he has most of the year. Gonzo’s bat just might be allowed to get taken off of life support. Uggla is hot….so is Freeman. Dang if this team just had McCann right now….wow. Chipper will be back soon and hopefully healthy for September and October. I agree the only piece this offense needs other than HEALTHY is Bourne (but not at an unreasonable price like they wanted for Pence). Going to be an anxious evening for fans and morning as well.

A Brave in Minnesota

July 30th, 2011
10:05 pm

If the Braves continue to win they way they are right now……..it is possible to just ride it out for maybe another week or two (trades can be made after the deadline, just harder to do) and see if we can make do without wrecking the team chemistry they have? I don’t see what another bat (at this point) would do when they are winning with the players they have on the field right now. Once you get Chip healthy, McCann and McClouth, possibly Moylen and maybe Medlen for the playoffs, I think this team is gonna be a tough out!! :)

…….but that’s only if they keep winning like they are right now!! :)

Mike from the coast

July 30th, 2011
10:06 pm

Despite the low BA, I do think he energized the team. And I think it’s because of his speed. We haven’t had true base stealer in a llong, long time. One can’t judge from watching the games, but I do think he’s matured. And again he’s young enough to develop. I know everyone’s frustration for the last years with Schaffer and I have been also. Been wrong before, we shall see.

BravesfaninWis

July 30th, 2011
10:07 pm

Jeez, the Phillies are winning again. Does this team ever lose? They just won. It sucks seeing Pence in a Philly jersey when the Braves could have had him. Now they will hardly ever lose.

Joseph

July 30th, 2011
10:10 pm

A Brave in Minnesota, Medlen has no shot at making the playoff roster. First, he probably will not do much except side sessions and soft-toss the rest of the season. He was shutdown until late August-early September. Have to be on the roster @ 9/1 to be eligible to be on a playoff roster. But that last one isn’t important. We will see Medlen in ST. I do think they should upgrade CF, but do not overpay for it.

Joseph

July 30th, 2011
10:12 pm

BravesfaninWis…….then go buy a freaking Phillies Pence jersey and watch him. You have never had 1 positive thing EVER to comment. Your comments are laughable and that is being polite.

A Brave in Minnesota

July 30th, 2011
10:14 pm

Well from what I saw tonight, it looks like everyone is beginning to step up their games a little bit and they are playing like they really want to catch the Phillies. Too bad we only get to play them 6 more times, but if wouldn’t the last 3 games of the year in Atlanta be fun if only 1 game separated the two for the division crown…………i’d take off work and fly down to Atlanta for that!!! :)

A Brave in Minnesota

July 30th, 2011
10:16 pm

….and I apologize for my lackluster proofreading job in that last statement!! (This coming from a UGA grad too!)

Chris P. Bacon

July 30th, 2011
10:20 pm

Mark your calendars…July 31st, 2011 …Boscanmania erupts in Atlanta!

Joseph

July 30th, 2011
10:23 pm

Chris, After the heartfelt moment he and little Lilly provided all of us this weekend, how fitting would it be he catch a great game from Hanson and also get a key hit if not a homerun? Still praying for that brave little girl.

Brad

July 30th, 2011
10:28 pm

@BravesfaninWis Obviously you haven’t kept tract of the Braves over the years. They do go out and get the players that they need when they are able to. They were not going to give up Minor for a 3 month rental of Beltran. Do you remember Teixeira and Wainwright? We gave up prospects that turned out to be very good players for just a little time with the play we received.

I believe the Braves will get somebody before the deadline. I do say however that with Uggla picking it up, it’s actually like he just started playing with us. We are just now in the past 21 games seeing the real Uggla.

Brownie

July 30th, 2011
10:29 pm

Everyone stop whining about Wren not trading away the farm for Beltran or Pence. Once Chipper, Lowe, KK are off the payroll, they’ll have tons to spend (and keep in mind they’re gonna have to pay McCann again, Freeman, Prado, Heyward, Venters, Kimbral and Schafer…) and THEN go out and get the big piece to fill out he championship puzzle.

But, if Wren feels the need to bring someone in now, it’s got to be Bourne. We don’t need more power bats….we need more speed – can never have enough of that (and the Braves don’t have much except Schafer). So, if he gives away Minor, Nate and another top minor league prospect not named Delgado, Teheran or Viscaino for Bourne I’ll be ecstatic.

But if elects to sit tight and play it our knowing Schafer, Chipper, McCann and Moylan are coming back, then I’ll be OK with that too.

A few years ago the Braves were on the downslide and traded away a lot to get Tex to try to get Bobby one more ring….didn’t work.

NOW, the Braves are on the verge of another long string of success – don’t make a panic move. I really think the Braves are likely a year or so away anyway.

DC Braves Fan

July 30th, 2011
10:35 pm

Dave,
Any grumblings in the Braves front office about Ed Wade and his extremely cozy negotiations with the Phils, the team for which we worked for 16 years? This is two straight years that Wade seems to have given very favorable terms to the Phils. Last year, Oswalt was traded for nothing (JA Happ, who is 4 – 12 since and bit pieces) and now a deal for Pence that doesnt involve Brown. When considered in conjunction with the reported asking price Wade demanded from the Braves–two of Minor, Viscaino, Delgado, Teheran and two other prospects–it seems as if Wade is not dealing in good faith with the Braves, which would have implications for any deal with Bourn.

Thoughts on whether Wade would even be willing to trade Bourn to the Braves for a reasonable price, given his affinity for the Phillies franchise?

Joseph

July 30th, 2011
10:36 pm

Brownie good stuff sir. I do disagree with Schafer. He is not the answer in CF in my opinion. Love his defense and his speed when he actually does get on base. I would also flip Minor for Delgado in a trade for Bourne. Minor is the only true insurance policy we have if something did happen to one of our starters. Teheran needs another year to be ready and get more faith in his stuff. But I do agree with most of your points and the background that you are coming from sir.

Brownie

July 30th, 2011
10:45 pm

Joseph, they have stuck with Schafer thru HGH suspensions, cocky attitude, a year+ of lost time due to injury plus the normal time it takes to learn at the big league level – I just thing they really like what they believe he will become. It’s always a crapshoot, but I think he will become a great player someday.

However, if he is part of the deal to bring in Bourne (who will give you everything now that Schafer MIGHT give us later on) that’ll be a winner of a deal. Although an outfield of JS, Bourne and Heyward does sound pretty good.

Thadsdad

July 30th, 2011
10:46 pm

I’m not advocating emptying the coffers, but the fact is the Braves have a wealth of young arms in their system, far more viable prospects than they do position players. And even with Hudson, Lowe and possibly Jurrjens (Boras client) heading for the exits soon, the Bravos would seem to have more than a few able candidates to construct a good rotation for the immediate future.
I disagree that “you can’t have enough pitchers,” but I agree that you only have so many legitimate chances at a championship.
The Braves have one this year. It’s time to dip into that wealth of arms for some offensive help.
That tragic loss of good prospects doesn’t seem to have impeded the Giants, Phumblins and Indians from making their clubs better for the stretch run this year.

Joseph

July 30th, 2011
10:49 pm

Brownie…speaking of this year only……I am not going to get into the retirement talk because Chipper will retire when he feels it is time. So this year……..where is Prado playing?

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ohhhhYEAH

July 31st, 2011
7:59 am

is it too late to trade heyward to KC and get Frenchy back? i mean, im sorry, i know everyone wants to think J-Hey is the golden child or whatever, but he jsut isnt that great. Freeman is by far the best youngster on the team, and he hasnt been hurt yet, unlike Heyward. Not to mention, heyward is hitting like my little sister, and has been most of the season. i know he has ten homers and what not but seriously, hes reaching lowww low numbers, and hes not the proven player that Uggla is. at the very least he should be sent to gwinnett to work on whatever his problems seem to be. I would rather have frenchy instead of heyward right about now. at least he hustles

DAWG150

July 31st, 2011
8:10 am

“denglish” whats your problem?…….Chip’s a keeper

DAWG150

July 31st, 2011
8:16 am

Heyward is in need of some COACHING…….trying to pull everything……results are weak grounders to ss or 2nd, instead of left center gap shots…..he’ll be ok when he figures it out…..until then lets drop the legacy talk and let the kid play into it instead of assuming he’s already a legend.

Bama Fan#2

July 31st, 2011
8:51 am

A big ROLL TIDE to the Braves for the help in raising funds for the tornado victims!!! RTR

Skillet

July 31st, 2011
9:10 am

Heyward is not only physically gifted, but he’s supposed to be smart too. Looks like he’s not smart enough to combine those 2 attributes…Everyone was saying that Uggla would turn it around, and it looks like he may have. Hardly anyone is saying that about Heyward.

McLouth & Schafer are ridiculously fragile. McLouth playing a corner OF position is a total zero for the Braves. Giving the CF & SS positions a free ride on offensive production is one thing. Giving a corner OF position a free ride for non-hitting is another.

All in all, a great record in spite of all the offensive disappointments & injuries. The Braves could hang with whoever comes out the Central in the playoffs, but would most probably not be able to beat Giants in a short series. The Phillies would just toy with the Braves.

Braves players need to get healthy and stay healthy, along with producing like they’re supposed to, if they want to have a snowballs chance in hell against the Phillies.

I loathe the fact that the Braves are thinking Coco Crisp. I despise that stupid name.. Might as well get Juan Pierre too so the Braves can force another player down our throats who we never wanted.

01HAWK

July 31st, 2011
9:38 am

Would have loved to have sent GONZO to SF GIANTS. They picked up Orlando Cabrera from Cleveland yesterday since Freddi Sanchez and Michel Tejada are on the DL.

He has been horrible at the plate this year. The kid at GWINNETT may be ready to take ove SS.

01HAWK

July 31st, 2011
9:44 am

WOW……………………….Wren trying to acquire INFANTE

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