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Jordan Schafer Returns to Atlanta Braves; Jose Constanza to Triple-A Gwinnett

August 10th, 2013 at 12:45 PM
By Andrew Auman

Jordan Schafer is set to return from the 15-day disabled list to the Atlanta Braves this Saturday, just in time for the second game of the three-game home series with the Miami Marlins.

Jordan Schafer

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.

Schafer finished his rehab assignment with a disappointing 2-32 mark, good for a .063 batting average with the Gwinnett Braves. Fredi Gonzalez does not seem concerned, however.

"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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Tags: Atlanta, Atlanta Braves, Baseball, Fredi Gonzalez, Gwinnett Braves, Joey Terdoslavich, Jordan Schafer, MLB, Todd Cunningham

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