Thursday's game saw Schafer go 0-for-5 with a strikeout, bringing his average down to .071 (2-for-28) in seven games. If there's a good sign to find here, it's that both hits have been doubles.
Of course, it's entirely understandable that Schafer would be scuffling with the bat right now, given that he's been out over a month with a stress fracture in his ankle.
“He missed almost six weeks,” Fredi Gonzalez said on ajc.com. “His legs are fine. He just needs to get his timing back.”
Schafer was hitting .312 with a team-high nine stolen bases when he fouled a ball of his ankle July 26. Joey Terdoslavich (.286 with three RBIs) and Todd Cunningham (2-for-6) have adequately filled the gap left by Schafer and Reed Johnson while they've been on the disabled list.
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