Gonzalez struck by line drive in eighth
Braves reliever suffers contusion, not expected to go on DL
ATLANTA -- Braves reliever Mike Gonzalez left Thursday's 5-1 loss to the Giants in the eighth inning after being struck in the left arm by a line drive, causing a contusion. Head trainer Jeff Porter came onto the field to evaluate Gonzalez, and Boone Logan was inserted into the game to face the next batter.
Braves manager Bobby Cox and Gonzalez both said that the left-hander will probably miss a few days to rest the arm, but a stint on the disabled list is unlikely. Gonzalez said he hopes to be ready to pitch when the Braves start their series against the Marlins on Tuesday.
"I usually don't get comebackers," Gonzalez said. "It happened really fast. But things like this happen sometimes. I'll take a few days and I should be ready to go."
Gonzalez was facing Nate Schierholtz to lead off the eighth inning, when Schierhotlz drilled a line drive off of the Braves pitcher. The ball ricocheted towards the first-base line, where Gonzalez attempted to run it down and record the out. Schierholtz reached safely and Logan came in to face Travis Ishikawa.
Adam Rosenberg is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.