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UPDATE: Jordan Schafer diagnosed with non-displaced sinus fracture

Jun 4, 2011, 11:18 AM EDT

Jordan Schafer injured

UPDATE: David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Schafer was diagnosed with a small non-displaced sinus fracture.

The Braves will hold off on a roster move for now, but Matt Young and Joe Mather will likely see time in center field over the next few days. Wilkin Ramirez would likely be called up from Triple-A Gwinnett if Schafer requires a stint on the disabled list.

Friday, 9:12 PM: Braves center fielder Jordan Schafer was taken to the hospital for X-rays after fouling a bunt attempt off his face in the fifth inning of Friday’s game against the Mets.

Schafer was trying to drop one down for a hit, but the ball went off the top of his bat and caught him in the right side of the face in the area of his upper lip and nose.

Schafer has been the Braves’ everyday center fielder since Nate McLouth landed on the disabled list last month.  McLouth is believed to be at least a week away, so the Braves will have to scramble if Schafer is going to miss some time.  Joe Mather took his place in center tonight, but neither Mather nor fellow backup Wilkin Ramirez has a lot of range out there.

Update – Whoops.  I missed that the Braves had farmed out Ramirez and brought back Matt Young on Tuesday.  So they do have a legitimate backup center fielder.  One who can’t hit, but a legitimate backup nonetheless.

  1. micker716 - Jun 3, 2011 at 11:33 PM

    If this had happened to Jason Heyward, would we be talking about outlawing bunting?

  2. takemytalentstosoutheuclid - Jun 4, 2011 at 7:24 AM

    “If I never hear from bunting again or it never plays another game in the big leagues, I think we’ll all be happy. It chose to be a hero in my mind, and if that’s it’s flash of fame, that’s as good as it’s going to get, pal. We’ll have a long memory. Believe me, we’ve talked to (Mike) Matheny about how this game works. You can’t be that out-and-out overly aggressive. I’ll put it as politically as I can state it: There’s no love lost and there shouldn’t be.”

  3. kcfanatic - Jun 4, 2011 at 8:55 AM

    Sad. Freak accident, and someone lost their baby boy :-(

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