Braves recall Lillibridge, option Ridgway
Move prompted by leg injuries to Chipper, Escobar
ATLANTA -- With both Chipper Jones and Yunel Escobar dealing with lingering injuries and no backup infielder available, the Braves were forced to recall infielder Brent Lillibridge from Triple-A Richmond before Saturday's game against the Mariners.
Reliever Jeff Ridgway, who had made four appearances, was optioned to Richmond.
Although Jones reaggravated his strained right quadriceps on Friday night, the third baseman pinch-hit during the eighth inning of Saturday's 5-4 win.
"From time to time it grabs him," Braves manager Bobby Cox said of Jones' quadriceps, which has hampered him for two months. "We're going to give him a few days off."
Escobar, who didn't start Saturday's game because of a strained right hip flexor, also pinch-hit. The Braves' shortstop hit into a fielder's choice in the sixth inning, and is still listed as day-to-day. He could start Sunday's series finale.
"Escobar wanted to [start on Saturday], but we're going to him an extra day," Cox said.
Cox started Omar Infante at shortstop and Ruben Gotay at third for Saturday's game.
When it came time to make a roster move, the Braves looked to their left-hander-heavy bullpen. Prior to Saturday, they had four left-handed relievers, and Ridgway had the least experience. He was promoted on June 11 and pitched 4 1/3 innings, allowing two runs on four hits.
Ridgway allowed a three-run homer to the Rangers' Brandon Boggs on Thursday that erased a one-run Braves lead. Atlanta later lost, 5-4.
"I like Ridgway a lot," Cox said. "We did everything we could to keep him on the team, but this happened, and we have to make a move."
Lillibridge went 3-for-4 with a triple during Richmond's game against Syracuse on Friday night. Before being recalled, he had three hits in three of his last six games. On the season, though, he batted .207 in 54 games at Richmond.
"I'm just happy to be here," Lillibridge said. "I want to help whatever way I can."
The 24-year-old played third base during Spring Training, and could play that position while Jones nurses his injury. He could also be used as a pinch-hitter and pinch-runner. He led Richmond with 15 steals.
Lillibridge is still in search of his first big league hit after going 0-for-8 when he was recalled on April 26-27.
Ryan Lavner is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.