Conrad gets his first start of the season
With Chipper Jones getting a chance to rest the left groin muscle that he tweaked Saturday, Brooks Conrad will make his first start of the season during this afternoon’s series finale against Cole Hamels and the Phillies.
It would have been interesting to see Hamels’ reaction when he looked at the injury-depleted Braves lineup that will serve as his opposition this afternoon.
With Jones and Heyward unavailable, the Braves have Melky Cabrera sitting in the third spot of the order. Cabrera went hitless in his first 14 at-bats during this road trip before delivering an opposite-field single during Saturday’s three-run sixth inning.
Cabrera does have three hits, including a double, in six at-bats against Hamels. Brian McCann might be able to halt his struggles against southpaws. He has hit .367 (11-for-30) with five doubles and a homer in his career against the Phillies left-hander.
UPDATE: Heyward is now saying that he thinks he could return to the lineup on Tuesday night in Milwaukee. He has been limited to pinch-hit duties since his right groin forced him to exit Wednesday’s game against the Nationals in the first inning.
Jones felt some lingering discomfort while taking some swings in the batting cage this morning. But he said he’s hoping to be back in the lineup for Monday night’s series opener in Milwaukee.
Many of the Braves will be wearing pink wrist bands and using pink bats this afternoon to recognize Major League Baseball’s “Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer” initiative.
BRAVES LINEUP 5/9 vs. Phils: