Anderson injures calf again
As Brian McCann’s two-run homer cleared the right field wall in the first inning this afternoon, how many of you said, “who needs Chipper and Garret anyway?”
Obviously you probably already know that Chipper Jones and Garret Anderson were scratched from today’s lineup. Jones is dealing with a bruised left thumb that likely won’t keep him out of the lineup for more than one game.
But I’m expecting to hear the Braves announce that Anderson is going to be out a little longer with the strained right calf muscle that he aggravated before today’s game. This same ailment sidelined him for more than three weeks during Spring Training.
While I don’t know if Anderson will miss another three weeks, I think we can prepare to see Matt Diaz in left field on a regular basis.
Anderson hasn’t played more than 106 games in the outfield during any of the past five seasons and he didn’t play more than 85 games out there either of the past two seasons.
When the Braves signed Anderson in November, there was reason to question his durability. Now that he’s dealing with this calf strain that seemingly could prove to be a lingering problem, I think we should assume that he’ll once again be limited to playing 80-90 games in the outfield.
Day of anniversaries: Most of you know that today is the 35th anniversary of the day Hank Aaron hit his 715th career homer. Some of you might also remember this is the 15th anniversary of Kent Mercker’s no-hitter against the Dodgers.
But how many of you remember this is the one-year anniversary of the day that Major League Baseball announced that they giving Jordan Schafer a 50-game suspension.
Obviously we’ve talked a lot about how much Schafer has matured over the course of the past year. He’s a likable kid with a bright future, who isn’t dwelling on the past.
“I didn’t even know this was the date,” Schafer said Wednesday morning. “It’s 100 percent behind me. I really don’t think about it any more.”