Escobar placed on the 15-day DL

While attempting to build off the momentum created by this past weekend’s sweep of the Astros, the Braves will spend the entirety of their current nine-game road trip without Yunel Escobar.  

With Escobar’s strained left groin still ailing, the Braves have placed the 27-year-old shortstop on the 15-day disabled list and filled his roster spot by promoting Brandon Hicks, a talented defensive player whose contract was purchased from Triple-A Gwinnett on Tuesday.   

Escobar, who is hitting .217 with eight RBIs, has been sidelined since straining his groin on Thursday.   In his absence, Omar Infante will continue handling the starting shortstop duties that he filled during this past weekend’s series against the Astros.   

While Escobar could be ready to play at some point this weekend, the Braves didn’t want to spend more time playing one man short.   The talented shortstop will be eligible to come off the disabled list on May 15.    

Braves manager Bobby Cox has said over the course of the past two years that Hicks is ready to serve as a Major League shortstop from a defensive perspective.  But the 24-year-old infielder’s offensive struggles have slowed his rise toward gaining a permanent spot on the Major League roster.  

While playing  128 games for Double-A Mississippi last year, Hicks hit .237 with 10 homers and 131 strikeouts.    He has hit .179 with one homer and 21 strikeouts in 84 at-bats with Gwinnett this year.  

Hicks, who has never previously been on a Major League roster, traveled with the club to Washington D.C. and will be available for Tuesday night’s series opener against the Nationals.   

8 Comments

Wishing we still had Elvis.

yea and what would we do with prado and escobar? the braves would have traded him away if he wasnt traded to texas. the braves need to think bout letting go kawakami and maybe bringing up a lefty starting pitcher bc thats whats killing the braves a right handed heavy starting pitching staff and a left handed heavy line up now i know theres noone in the free agency out there that could help but how bout trading for another right handed bat like the braves were gonna do and go after Cory Hart and maybe put freeman and escobar along with kk and melky and ask the brewers to part ways with hart fielder joe inglett and carlos villanueva

The Brewers aren’t dumb enough to make that trade.

Dude.. please cease with the endless mindless trade propositions. They never make sense, they will never happen, etc etc.

Oh, and the only reason I would wish to have Elvis back at this point would be so we could include him in another trade. I know he’s going to be much better than he is at the moment, but better than Yunel? I doubt it. Also, Infante is the one of the best bench players in baseball and doesn’t make me long for any player we could get to man SS at the moment.

Though I do really wish we still had Neftali Feliz.

Could be worse, Bill. Could be Diory.

I wasn’t saying I would want Elvis over Yuni, I just wish we had a REAL minor league SS prospect who could fill in positions like this. I mean Brandon Hicks? That’s all we need is another potent starter(.179 avg) to augment our already superior offensive powerhouse.

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