Jordan Schafer Expected Back Saturday Night

Jordan Schafer has been a pleasant surprise this season

Jordan Schafer has been a pleasant surprise this season

Atlanta Braves outfielder Jordan Schafer will be activated before Saturday night’s game, according to Dave O’Brien of the AJC.

Schafer, who has been out with a stress fracture in his right ankle, has been rehabbing at Triple-A Gwinnett.  Schafer was only 2 of 32 in 8 rehab games at Gwinnett, so his timing still has not returned, even though he is ready to play physically.  He struck out four times, walked once and both his hits were doubles at Gwinnett.

With Schafer’s return, Jose Constanza will be sent back down to Gwinnett.

Friday afternoon, Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez had this to say about Schafer “This guy’s missed a lot of games, his timing was a little bit off.  But it was a lot better than the previous games.”

Schafer has played extremely well for the Braves this season.  In 125 at bats, he has hit .312, with a .399 on-base-percentage and .464 slugging percentage.  He is currently second on the team in stolen bases with 9, despite having limited at bats.

It will be interesting the rest of this season to see how often Fredi Gonzalez calls on Schafer.  When both Uptons and Heyward went down right before the All-Star break, Schafer would have gotten significant playing and perhaps would have won a regular job.  Unfortunately, he was already hurt himself, so opportunity lost.

An interesting sidebar the rest of this season, will be what happens in center field.  If Schafer resumes his stellar season and plays that well through September, and B.J. Upton remains lukewarm at the plate, who will be in center field when the playoffs start?  Will it be the bubblegum card or this year’s player?

About Jim Hart

Jim has covered the Atlanta Braves since 2008 for local and national broadcast news organizations. He also appears regularly talking Braves baseball on WCCP-FM in Clemson, South Carolina, and the ESPN Radio affiliate, 1420 Sports in St. Augustine, Florida.