Jordan Schafer Assigned to Class A Rome for Rehab Assignment

Jordan Schafer will be assigned to Single-A Rome to start his rehab assignment. As you probably remember, Schafer began the 2009 season as the Braves' centerfielder and played well in the month of April before tearing ligaments in his wrist. He also hit a HR in his first career AB, becoming the 99th player in MLB history and the 3rd in Braves history to do so.

Jordan had wrist surgery in September and has been slowly progressing since then. He's been in extended spring training the past few weeks and has been swinging the bat without much discomfort.

What does this mean for the 2010 Braves? In a best case scenario, Schafer would be ready to return to the Majors in July and the Braves would then have an extra outfielder to trade at the trade deadline for either A) salary relief, B) another player to help in August and September or C) young prospects. The Braves wouldn't have to trade an OF, but with 5 on the Major League roster it's hard to imagine they hold on to all of them.

Personally, I'd like to see Jordan play the entire 2010 season in the minor leagues. He's still only 23-years old and never got proper time to develop in the minor leagues. If the Braves need an OF bat for the stretch run, I'd much rather add a veteran FA-to-be than rush Schafer to the Majors (again).

Best of luck to Jordan on his rehab assignment.

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