The Braves have placed shortstop Yunel Escobar on the 15-day disabled list with a pulled abductor muscle, retroactive to Friday.
Atlanta promoted shortstop Brandon Hicks from Triple-A Gwinnett to replace Escobar on the big league roster. Hicks will see time at shortstop with Omar Infante, who started there the last three games in the series against the Astros and went 6-for-12 at the plate.
Hicks was drafted in the third round of the 2007 draft out of Texas A&M. He hit only .179 with one home run and six RBI in 84 at bats this season for Triple-A Gwinnett. Hicks has a .239 lifetime batting average in his pro career.
While his offense has always been in question, Hicks has been ready defensively to play in the major leagues for a while. Expect manager Bobby Cox to get Hicks in the lineup occasionally to provide stellar defense.
Escobar has struggled this season with a .215 batting average, no home runs, and eight runs batted in. The Braves were worried about being a player short going into the nine-game road trip that starts Tuesday in Washington.
Bill Shanks hosts The Bill Shanks Show on
WFSM Fox Sports 1670 in Macon, Georgia and The Atlanta Baseball Show. Shanks writes a weekly column for The Macon Telegraph. Email Bill at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/billshanks.
Yunel Escobar placed on the disabled list
Atlanta Dugout Top Stories
Atlanta Braves Select Kyle WrightVanderbilt starting pitcher Kyle Wright was wildly considered a high draft pick headed into the 2017 MLB Draft and that was exactly the case as the 1st team All-SEC selection went…
Braves Acquire Matt AdamsMatt Adams heads to Atlanta, as the Braves acquire a first baseman.
Storylines: Freeman has broken wristFreddie Freeman will miss about 10 weeks after being struck on the left wrist in Atlanta's game against Toronto on Wednesday. A closer look into that, along with other storylines…
Indians Baseball Insider05/18/2017
Pillar Suspended for Two GamesJays outfielder Kevin Pillar has been suspended two games for using a homophobic slur towards Braves pitcher Jason Motte