Braves Injury Update: Part 1

I was slumming around the Braves clubhouse today before the game (I'll have some fun stories and anecdotes later), and I was asking the injured Braves what their status(s) are. The first thing that hit me in the clubhouse is that it's so full it seems like September when rosters expand. Yes, Corky and Royce's lockers have yet to be cleaned out, but other than those two, every other locker in the clubhouse is taken! That should give you a good picture of just how many Braves are on the disabled list.

I talked with Matt Diaz who is in town rehabbing. He still doesn't have a timetable for his return, and said that he actually reinjured his kneed, this time pinching a nerve in a way that the pain comes and goes; so he's fine one day then not fine the next. He shagged fly balls today for the first time in a while and will take batting practice tomorrow if all goes as planned. When he walked out of the tunnel from the clubhouse to the dugout he said to Chino Cadahia, "is this what outside is Chino? I forgot what outside feels like." Diaz is a pretty funny character.

Brian McCann said he feels fine and should be ready to play after this weekend, and can pinch hit or catch right now if he has to. He said he has felt no adverse effects from this, his first concussion.

I spoke with Tom Glavine who said that he will make a rehab start in Myrtle Beach on Monday, throwing around 45 pitches (3 to 4 innings). After that start he and the team will determine if he needs another minor league rehab start or if he feels good enough start a major league game five days later in Atlanta. So the possibility is there to get Glavine back pretty soon.

I spoke with the inked-up Peter Moylan who said that he swung a golf club for the first time the other day. He said it will only be four more weeks until he can start playing catch. He plans to rehab here in the States this winter and thinks he will be about 90% by the end of spring training next season. He looks a whole lot bigger in the upper body than he did before the injury and he says that he's doing more strengthening exercises than he's ever done, and he thinks he'll be able to throw harder because of that when he fully returns.

I wasn't able to catch either Chipper Jones or Tim Hudson, but I will hopefully be able to catch up with them after the game (and that will be Part 2 of the injury update). Moylan mentioned that he is going to have a "chat" with Hudson this afternoon and talk about his experience with Tommy John surgery, Moylan having been the most recent Braves pitcher to undergo the procedure.

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