9/7/2013 6:34 P.M. ET
Fredi giving Gattis reps as Schafer slides to bench
By Jay Greenberg / Special to MLB.com
PHILADELPHIA -- Never mind Evan Gattis' 0-for-4 in the cleanup spot in Friday night's 2-1 loss to the Phillies. Gattis was back in the lineup again Saturday night at Citizens Bank Park as an apparently healthy Jordan Schafer remained on the bench.
"In [Phillies starter Kyle] Kendrick's splits, right-handers are hitting pretty good [.319 vs. 245 by lefties] against him," said Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez. "We just brought [Gattis] back [from Triple-A Gwinett on Tuesday], he hasn't gotten a chance to play a lot, and to tell you the truth, I have seen some pretty good at-bats.
"I thought he spilt the gap last night [off Cliff Lee], the ball just hung up a little bit. You don't mind him playing [left field] here, because it's not a real big park to defend."
Though playing in only 83 games entering Saturday, Gattis led all Major League rookies in RBIs (48) and was tied for first in home runs (16), power the Braves want in their lineup.
Never mind the job Schafer has done when given more opportunities by B.J. Upton's struggles and Jason Heyward's broken jaw.
Schafer went 4-for-5 and stole three bases on Monday night against the Mets before exiting in the seventh inning with a lower back strain. Gonzalez apparently still sees Schafer, who was claimed off waivers from the Astros last November, as a fourth outfielder.
"I think Schafer is a valuable piece and player," said the manager. "If we play him like we did in April, May and half of June, he'll be fine.
"He's almost better if you bring him out of the bench. A defensive guy. We'll see, maybe we'll give him a couple starts in Miami [next week], or some place."
Fredi: Uggla's production no different from Utley's
PHILADELPHIA -- Anyone can see that Dan Uggla came into Saturday's game hitting .183, so Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez decided to run a blind test to prove his second baseman's value.
"I wrote down both lines and asked my coaches, 'Who's the other guy?' I even said it was another second baseman in the [National League] East.
"They finally got it."
Gonzalez didn't need to drop the clue that it was another guy whose name starts with a "U". But as far as the manager was concerned, "U" stands for "unfair" whenever Uggla's batting average is used to define his season.
Utley came into Saturday night's game hitting .272 with 16 homers and 53 RBIs. Uggla was .183, with 21 homers, 53 RBIs, and 29 more walks than Utley's 40, narrowing their difference in on-base percentage to 33 percentage points.
"There is some productivity there, which is what I am trying to say," said Gonzalez. "Obviously you want .260-.270 with 21 homers and that kind of stuff, it makes it look better, but you compare those two numbers and you scratch your head.
"I'm thinking Utley had to have scored a lot more runs [Utley leads only 62 to 59], but he doesn't because Danny walks a lot."
Jay Greenberg is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.