Braves left-hander Scott Downs suffered a fracture of the ring finger on his right hand Saturday night on a line drive back to the mound from Chase Utley.
By virtue of the fact that it’s his non-pitching hand, the Braves are considering it a day-to-day thing.
“We’ll play it by ear,” Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. “I think he could put his hand in a glove and play with a little bit of a splint or something to tape it up. I think he’ll be fine. We’re just going to call it day to day. I spoke to him before I did the press conference here and he goes ‘We’ll see how it feels tomorrow and go from there.’”
The Braves are already playing short a veteran set-up man with Jordan Walden still nursing a groin strain. Walden has played some catch and might throw a bullpen before this seven-game trip is through, but he’s not close yet to returning.
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.