SS Gonzalez out Wednesday, doubtful if Braves advance

Alex Gonzalez said he woke up Wednesday with his right calf feeling better, but the Braves aren’t going to take any chances with the veteran shortstop. The Braves figure it could be as long as two weeks before the calf is better, leaving doubt that Gonzalez would be able to play if the Braves make the playoffs.

Veteran Jack Wilson was in the lineup starting at shortstop Wednesday night against the Phillies, and Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said he had no plans to pinch hit or use Gonzalez in the field late.

“He’s going to be out for a couple of weeks, I would think,” Fredi Gonzalez said. “I feel comfortable with (Jack) Wilson. He’s done it for a lot of years with the Pirates and for me he’s one of the top defenders in the league. He’s not chopped liver at the plate either. He can handle the bat.”

The trouble for the Braves is Gonzalez was one of their hottest hitters of late, going 15-for-33 (.455) with three home runs, five doubles and eight RBIs in his previous nine games before he got hurt Tuesday night.

Gonzalez had to come out of the game in the second inning, despite not batting or even fielding a groundball outside of warm-ups. He said he felt his calf grab, but in a different area than the strain that kept him out of four games last week. Then it was on the side; this time it was in the lower part of the calf.

He was in significant pain Tuesday night, but it subsided by the time he went to bed.

“When I woke up this morning it felt fine,” Gonzalez said.

It’s still sore to the touch, though, and the Braves’ concern is he could strain it worse and be looking at a significant injury, requiring four to six weeks out.

“We erred on the side of caution,” Fredi Gonzalez said. “It doesn’t look good. When you’re dealing with a calf strain, it can be a lingering thing.”

11 comments Add your comment

bruce

September 28th, 2011
6:43 pm

best wishes Gonzo

95RelivingEveryDay

September 28th, 2011
6:49 pm

When losing Gonzo’s bat is a major blow to our lineup, it doesn’t make me feel good about our bats right now. Hitting, non-existent. It’s been the weakness all year. It’s the weakness going into game 162. It’ll be the weakness in our one playoff series, if we make it.

wjones

September 28th, 2011
7:03 pm

OK, I don’t mean to be dense here, but they are afraid he will be out for two weeks, because if it becomes significant, it could be 4 to 6 weeks? So the postseason is 3 weeks long, right? The math does not compute. If he is unable to play at all because of the pain, ok. But what is the difference in him sitting out two weeks or getting hurt and not playing?

dogman

September 28th, 2011
7:14 pm

The braves won’t need him after tonight anyway!

LWells2000

September 28th, 2011
7:14 pm

I must digress for a cause I feel is important. Big kudos for one of this season’s firsts. A complete season of having every Braves’ games…away and at home…in beautiful, high-definition color television. I’ve been with you guys for many years awaiting this big-league feat. Thanks for Fox television, announcers and tv crew members for reaching this milestone. Big deal~! It’s been a great season in big-league televsion coverage, guys~!

dogman

September 28th, 2011
7:16 pm

I haven’t turned the tv on tonight to watch that helpless bunch. I would rather find out tomorrow that they are going home or going to St Louis where they will lose tomorrow. Either way they are cooked for 2011.

smallmouth6

September 28th, 2011
9:36 pm

This gets old.

Ohwell again

September 29th, 2011
12:20 am

Lonnie Smith on third with no outs, and the Braves don’t get a clutch hit to wine the World Series. The lack of clutch hitting in big games, doesn’t that seem to be the story of the Braves over the past twenty years?

fan no longer.

September 29th, 2011
9:49 am

lose the game, part of the game. lose money on post season ticket purchases, part of the problem. i’ll never pay another ticket ever.

Braves 2011

September 29th, 2011
4:55 pm

Way to gut it out Gonzo.
You weren’t the SS of the Cubs team of Bartman fame, were u?

Braves 2011

September 29th, 2011
4:56 pm

Jack becomes a Brave just in time to choke the season.

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