Found September 03, 2013 on
MLB Injury News:
Atlanta Braves outfielder Jordan Schafer had his impressive Monday cut short due to a back injury. The former top prospect exited the contest during the seventh inning after experiencing discomfort in his lower back, though he told reporters -- including Mark Bowman of MLB.com -- after the game that he's confident he'll be able to play today.
During the at-bat which ultimately resulted in his fourth hit of the day, Schafer told reporters that he experienced discomfort during a swing. After singling, he was replaced by pinch-hitter Elliot Johnson, as he said his ailing back limited him on his way to first base.
"When I tried to run there, initially, I wanted to take
off," Schafer said. "If I had felt good, I probably would have gone
to second. It just kind of tightened up on me. I've got a knot there right
Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez chalked the injury up to back spasms, and he indicated that Schafer would be evaluated today when arriving at the park. The Braves could opt to give him a day off as a precaution, especially considering their hefty lead in the National League East.
Schafer's four-hit, three-stolen base performance raised his impressive season totals. On the year, the 27-year-old has hit .275/.352/.389 with 13 extra-base hits to go with 20 stolen bases in 25 attempts.
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