Updated: 2:22 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 30, 2009 | Posted: 11:54 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, 2009
Braves McClouth reinjures hamstring
By David O’Brien
Braves Center fielder Nate McLouth reinjured his troublesome right hamstring Saturday night during the second game of his injury-rehab assignment at Class AA Mississippi.
McLouth felt discomfort in the hamstring when he went into the gap to chase a ball. He took himself out of the game in the fifth inning, after going 0-for-1 with a walk.
The initial diagnosis was a mild strain, but the Braves won’t know more until they see how he responds tomorrow and the training staffs of the major-league and Class AA teams discuss the situation.
McLouth was only going to play two games at Mississippi before joining the Braves in Florida on Monday, the day he’s eligible to come off the 15-day disabled list. He was there rehabbing after an injury to the hamstring, and Saturday’s pain was in the same location.
Before his injury Saturday, the Braves were already leaning toward not activating McLouth until Tuesday, when rosters can be expanded for the rest of the season. Now, he might not be ready anyway.
The team will have to make a roster move Monday to open a spot for Tim Hudson, coming off the DL to start that night’s series opener at Florida.
Former Braves are likely to dominate the National Baseball Hall of Fame class of 2014 more than any team has in quite a while, and Bobby Cox could get the ball rolling Monday when the Veterans Committee announces its selections.