Jordan Schafer Rejoins Braves

Saturday, August 10, 2013
Jordan Schafer
Jordan Schafer
- photo by Tim Evearitt

ATLANTA -- After the Braves' 5-0 win on Friday night, the team announced that Jordan Schafer would be activated from the 15-day disabled list before Saturday's game, marking the end of the utility outfielder's lengthy recovery process from a lingering ankle injury that morphed from the sting of a typical foul ball into an unusual stress fracture.

Outfielder Jose Constanza will be sent down to Gwinnett to clear a roster spot for Schafer, who has been on the DL since July 4 with a right ankle contusion. A week after placing their speedy outfielder on the DL, general manager Frank Wren announced that team doctors had discovered an intraosseous stress fracture in Schafer's ankle that sidelined him for an additional four weeks.

Schafer struggled at the plate over the course of his rehab assignment, finishing 2-for-32 in eight games after an 0-for-5 performance on Thursday and an 0-for-4 effort on Friday. But the Braves saw enough improvement in the quality of his at-bats in the past two days to announce he would be activated before Saturday's game.

"If you go up the road to Gwinnett and ask Schafer if he's ready, he's going to tell you yes, but we're going to give him another day, get some at-bats," Gonzalez said on Friday afternoon. "The reports said yesterday's game was a lot better. His timing was a lot better, he looked better at the plate and more comfortable. This guy's missed a lot of games, so his timing's a little bit off."

Schafer could be just the first of two key backups to return to the team this weekend. Catcher Gerald Laird joined Schafer in the lineup on Friday night for Gwinnett's series opener against Lehigh Valley, hitting second behind Schafer in the leadoff spot, and the Braves believe his return is not far off.

--- Source: MLB.com


Biscuits One-Hit, Crush Chattanooga Saturday, 12-0

The Biscuits (13-9) brought their bats to work in a major way, thrashing the Chattanooga Lookouts (9-14) in a 12-0 rout on Saturday night at AT&T Field. The shutout was the Biscuits' first of the season, as starting pitcher Taylor Guerrieri (1-1) and reliever Buddy Borden combined to one-hit the hapless Lookouts after rain delayed the game's start by 22 minutes. Guerrieri ... (click for more)

UTC Softball Drops Two At UNCG

The Chattanooga Mocs softball team dropped a 9-8 back-and-forth contest and an 8-0 game to UNCG on Saturday in Greensboro, N.C. UTC is 27-24 and 6-8 in Southern Conference action. In the first game, the Spartans got on the board with one run during the first inning. With the first hit for Chattanooga, senior Sam Taylor singled through the left side in the top of the third. ... (click for more)

Person Shot On Greenway View Drive Saturday Evening

Chattanooga Police responded at 7:17 p.m. on Saturday to the 400 block of Greenway View Drive on the report of a shooting. Police located one victim suffering from a gunshot wound. Witnesses told police the victim emerged from the woods at 400 block of Greenway View Drive claiming to have been shot.  The victim was transported to a local hospital by HCEMS ... (click for more)

Rescuers Help Man After He Falls 30 Feet From Signal Bluff

Rescuers helped a man back up after he fell 30 fell on a Signal Mountain bluff on Saturday night. However, he was not seriously injured. At 11 p.m., a 911 call was made reporting the fall. Walden's Ridge Emergency Services responded to 1425 East Brow Road. When rescue personnel arrived on the scene, they reported a 25-year-old male had fallen 30 feet off the side of ... (click for more)

Being Proactive With Parkinson's Disease

Parkinson’s disease is the second most common neurodegenerative disease after Alzheimer’s and is the 14th leading cause of death in the United States. It affects an estimated one million Americans and four to six million worldwide,  There is no cure for Parkinson’s, and 60,000 new cases are diagnosed each year in the United States alone. Source: National Parkinson’s Foundation  ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Settle It With A Vote

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary, which I consider a pretty good authority on what words really mean, defines “freedom” in this way:  “The quality or state of being free: such as, (a) the absence of necessity, coercion, or constraint in choice or action; (b) liberation from slavery or restraint or from the power of another; (c) independence -- the quality or state of being exempt ... (click for more)