Frenchy rests during series finale
It’s been kind of a hectic morning. So we’ll keep this short by informing you that Jeff Francoeur is getting a day off and Tom Glavine was once again pleased with the bullpen session that he completed this morning.
Francoeur has hit .213 with a .204 on-base percentage and .255 slugging percentage in his past 11 games. Braves manager Bobby Cox said that he wanted his right-fielder to rest during the series finale against the Mets and then take advantage to gain further rest during the team’s scheduled offday on Thursday.
With Francoeur out of the lineup for the first time this year, Matt Diaz will start in right field for the first time since he joined the Braves in 2006. In fact, this marked just the third time in his career that he’s started in right field.
Diaz’s most recent start in right field occurred on Sept. 27, 2005. While playing for the Royals against the Twins that day, he recorded two hits, including a seventh-inning leadoff homer, against Johan Santana.
Glavine felt good about about the 35-pitch bullpen session that he completed this morning. He’ll likely throw a simulated game at Turner Field early next week and then prepare for at least one Minor League rehab assignment. The 43-year-old left-hander is still aiming to return to the Atlanta rotation before the end of this month.