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Deja vu in center field

For the Braves and their fans, it's deja vu all over again in CF. Last season Jordan Schafer played in 50 games for the Braves and put up this line

.204/.313/.287/.600 with 2 HR and 2 SB in 3 attempts

A lot of that putrid line was probably due to his wrist injury, but anyway the Braves finally had seen enough of him after 50 games and sent him down to Gwinnett and traded for Nate McLouth.

Which brings us to this year's regular CF who has put up this line in 54 games

.176/.297/.285/.582 with 3 HR and 4 SB in 6 attempts

The more things change, the more they stay the same.  There haven't been any reports of a serious injury to McLouth. He did get contacts in the off season, so perhaps he is struggling getting used to those or needs to get them adjusted. Whatever the cause is, his performance is amazingly similar to what got Schafer sent down.

I'm not sure if McLouth still has minor league options, but if he does, the Braves should send him down and let him refind his swing where it won't continue to weigh down on the major league team's offense. Hinske can play LF and Cabrera can play CF. Cabrera isn't a very good player, but he had a hot bat in May. He can at least give the team something close to replacement level offense for a few weeks while they see if McLouth can fix his swing in the minors.

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