With starting catcher Brian McCann still weak from a virus and backup catcher David Ross out with a strained groin, the Braves called J.C. Boscan from Triple-A Gwinnett and thrust him into their patchwork starting lineup Saturday.
Boscan took the roster spot of Chipper Jones, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list after Friday night’s game. Boscan went 1-for-4 with a single and an RBI in Saturday’s 1-0 loss.
Jones has a severe contusion on his lower left leg that looks even more grotesque today than it did a week ago. The veteran third baseman was injured May 18 when struck by a hard-hit one-hop off the bat of Tampa Bay’s B.J. Upton. His DL assignment was retroactive to Thursday, the day after he pinch-hit against Cincinnati.
Using him to pinch-hit one time potentially cost Jones five games because his DL assignment could have otherwise been retro’d to May 17. Manager Fredi Gonzalez said it didn’t matter because he was told Jones would not be available to play again