06/10/09 6:45 PM ET
Schafer to miss two weeks in Minors
Center fielder endures deep bone bruise after taking swing
By Mark Bowman / MLB.com
Schafer felt a pop in his left hand while taking a swing for Triple-A Gwinnett on Friday night. After being examined on Monday, the 22-year-old center fielder learned that he was dealing with a deep bone bruise that would keep him sidelined for at least two weeks.
"He'll have two weeks with no activity and then he should be fine after that," Braves general manager Frank Wren said.
After hitting .204 with a .313 on-base percentage and .287 slugging percentage during his first 50 career Major League games, Schafer learned last week that the Braves were sending him back to the Minors with the hope that he'd be able to regain his swing and confidence.
While striking out 63 times in 167 at-bats, it became alarmingly apparent that Schafer was unable to consistently generate the bat speed necessary to hit a big league fastball. Given that he'd continued to play after encountering discomfort in his left wrist on April 10, there is some reason to believe his struggles could have been a product of the that ailment.
When asked if the current injury is the same one that Schafer had been battling, Wren said that this latest discomfort is located in a different area, near the bottom left portion of the hand.
Wren also revealed that Brandon Jones, another outfielder who spent time in Atlanta this year, underwent an MRI this week that revealed that his left knee discomfort has been caused by patellar tendinitis. He is expected to return to full-time action within the next few days.
Right-handed pitcher James Parr, who made eight appearances for Atlanta before going back to Gwinnett two weeks ago, also underwent an MRI exam on Tuesday to determine why he's battled right elbow discomfort. The Braves are still awaiting the results of his exam.
Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.