Jordan Schafer sustained an ankle injury in late June, after a foul tip off his ankle which led him on a trip the 15-day disabled list. In his rehab stint with the Gwinnett Braves, Schafer has had trouble returning to his early season form.
"If you go up the road to Gwinnett and ask Schafer if he's ready, he's going to tell you yes, but we're going to give him another day, get some at-bats," Gonzalez said on Friday afternoon. "The reports said yesterday's game was a lot better. His timing was a lot better, he looked better at the plate and more comfortable. This guy's missed a lot of games, so his timing's a little bit off."
Schafer plans to join a blazing-hot Atlanta club that has won 14 straight games, all while having key bench players on the DL. Jose Constanza has seen limited playing time since the return of BJ Upton to the line-up.
Schafer's presence will bring a much-needed left-handed bat to bring off the bench in pinch-hit situations, as well as help to bolster the once deep outfield roster that led to the call-up of Joey Terdoslavich and Todd Cunningham after injuries were sustained by Justin and BJ Upton, and Schafer in early July.
While many have claimed that Schafer has been playing "over his head" in terms of performance this year, the hope is that he will return to the early-season form that led him to being a contributor to the Braves' bench, arguably one of the best in baseball.
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