The Atlanta Braves understandably eased Gerald Laird back into playing regularly since he strained his left calf going into second base on March 2. After starting at catcher for the second day in a row, Laird is confident about that he will be ready for Opening Day.
And Laird isn't just going through the motions. He hit a homer and threw out Jason Werth trying to steal second base in the Braves' 11-2 loss to the Washington Nationals.
"It was nice to get back out there and just get your timing," Laird said on braves.com. "The first day you're kind of excited. Then today, I was glad a couple guys ran. It allowed me to do some things. So all around, it was a good day."
Laird has only played in eight games since being injured on March 2. He caught March 12 and 13 before playing two of the next five games. His last game before Tuesday was March 17.
"I'm starting to feel good at the right time," Laird said.
Laird has expressed a desire to play in the Braves' Grapefruit League finale against a split Houston Astros team, but Fredi Gonalez said they would consult the team's medical staff first.
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