Found September 03, 2013 on
Move over Jason Heyward, a new catalyst sits atop the Atlanta Braves lineup.
Jordan Schafer, after a spectacular weekend performance, is making this Jason Heyward injury a lot easier to swallow.
Once a highly-touted minor league prospect and heir to the Braves center field, Schafer has had a career of ups and downs.
Well, mostly downs.
In 2008 he was suspended for 50 games for HGH use. The following season he would make the Braves roster as the starting center without ever playing a day in the bigs. He would slap a homer in first MLB at-bat. A pretty good start for a rookie, but the highs would end.
Well, not all his highs would end.
He struggled mightly in that first season with the Braves eventually being demoted to Triple-A Gwinnett.
Schafer never really regained that spark he showed in the 2009 spring training showing that earned him the starting nod in center field. He was traded to the Astros in the mid-season deal that brought Michael Bourne to Atlanta. Later, after a woeful ...
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The Atlanta Braves are a major league best 84-53, 15 games up on the second place Washington Nationals in the NL East. Their magic number for clinching the division is 11, meaning that they could conceivably have the division locked up at this time next week with a little bit of luck. Yet, Atlanta is somehow slipping under the radar. More attention is being thrust upon the Dodgers...
Jordan Schafer has been removed from the Braves' lineup against the Mets due to a left quadriceps contusion.
B.J. Upton has replaced Schafer in Wednesday's lineup and will hit leadoff and play center field. Schafer fouled a ball off his left leg in his pinch-hit appearance in Tuesday night's 3-1 win over New York.
Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez is resting shortstop Andrelton...
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...
ATLANTA On Monday, just a few minutes after his team's 13-5 victory over the New York Mets, Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez announced that pitcher Julio Teheran would miss his Wednesday start.
The move, part of the Braves' September plan of preserving their anchor starters for the playoffs, enables Teheran (11-7, 3.01 ERA, 14842 K-BB rate) to get some much-needed rest from...
In late January the Atlanta Braves traded prized third baseman, Martin Prado and five prospects to the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for outfielder Justin Upton and third baseman Chris Johnson.
It was the blockbuster deal of the off season due to the fact that Braves GM Frank Wren united Justin with his older brother, B.J. in the Atlanta outfield. But to many baseball fan&...
I promise, this is the clearest picture of Medlen that I got. Boy is jumpy.
I know I take a lot of pictures at games so I don't know if I can say much, but I can't imagine standing up this close in the middle of the game.
CJ can't believe the call at 3rd
Love how they all gathered on the rail to watch Kimbrel.
ATLANTA -- No Andrelton Simmons in the starting lineup. No Chris Johnson or Brian McCann, either.
With the end of nine games in nine days at home and an off day Thursday, manager Fredi Gonzalez opted to rest a number of his regulars for Wednesday's season finale vs. the Mets -- that is until pinch-hit duty called for Simmons and Johnson in the ninth -- and used a pitcher in...
Just when it looked as if one mistake pitch might be too much for Kris Medlen and the Braves to overcome Tuesday night Evan Gattis and Andrelton Simmons stepped up and demonstrated again the resuscitative powers of the home run.
After Gattis hit a tying solo homer in the seventh inning Simmons hit a no-doubt-about-it two-run shot two batters later to lift the Braves to a 3-1 win...
Freddie Freeman homered, doubled and tied a career high with five RBIs, powering the Atlanta Braves past the New York Mets 13-5 on Monday.
Freeman put the Braves ahead with a two-run double off Daisuke Matsuzaka in the first inning. Freeman made it 6-1 with a three-run homer a dozen rows deep into the right-field seats in the second.
Jordan Schafer got four hits and stole three...
Freddie Freeman had never faced Daisuke Matsuzaka and said he didn't bother looking at video to prepare for the right-hander. It didn't matter. All Freeman had to see was see Matsuzaka's Mets uniform.
Freeman homered, doubled and tied a career high with five RBIs, powering the Atlanta Braves past New York, 13-5, on Monday.
Freeman has thrived against Mets pitching this...
The Houston Astros have acquired catcher Matt Pagnozzi from the Atlanta Braves for cash considerations, a day after All-Star catcher Jason Castro sprained his right knee.
The Astros haven't said how long they expect Castro to be out. But his injury Sunday left them with just one healthy catcher on the roster in Cody Clark.
Catchers Carlos Corporan and Max Stassi are both on...