07/06/08 11:37 PM ET
Braves to place three on 15-day DL
Infante, Acosta, Bennett to be replaced by two hurlers, infielder
By Mark Bowman / MLB.com
Cox said that utilityman Omar Infante and right-handed relievers Jeff Bennett and Manny Acosta were all being placed on the disabled list. By the time the Braves begin their six-game road trip against the Dodgers on Monday night, they'll have two new pitchers and a new position player.
It appears right-handed reliever Vladimir Nunez, who has posted a 1.62 ERA in his past 10 appearances for Triple-A Richmond, and infielder Brent Lillibridge, who has had two previous stints with Atlanta, will be in Los Angeles on Monday. The other pitcher remains unknown.
Bennett injured his right shoulder while making a throw to first base on Saturday night. He has been used in long relief and in situations where Cox wanted to get a double-play grounder.
Infante exited Sunday's game in the third inning after aggravating a right groin strain that he'd originally suffered on June 25.
Acosta provided three scoreless innings on Sunday, and then had to exit after straining his right hamstring while successfully beating out a potential double-play relay. When he hit first base, he hobbled awkwardly and fell to the ground. The lanky right-handed reliever had overcome recent struggles with 6 2/3 consecutive scoreless innings.
Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.