Schafer likely in need of surgery

LAWRENCEVILLE - The pain and frustration was obvious as Jordan Schafer tried to take batting practice Monday at Gwinnett Stadium.

Asked how his left wrist felt as he headed back to the dugout, the center fielder didn't answer. Instead, he angrily flung his batting gloves and headed directly down the clubhouse tunnel.

On Tuesday, it was confirmed that Schafer won't be returning to the Gwinnett lineup this season or get an Atlanta call-up in September.

Schafer was examined again by Braves hand specialist Dr. Gary Lourie and it was determined that he will likely need surgery on a bone spur in his injured wrist. A final MRI will be done today.

Schafer, who started the season as Atlanta's regular center fielder, is expected to be sidelined for about three months after surgery. He may be recovered in time to play winter ball, but that is probably unlikely.

The left-handed hitter and thrower had his wrist put in a cast for more than a month in an effort to let his bone bruise heal without surgery. But once be began live batting practice, the discomfort was still there.

Schafer, who turns 23 on Sept. 4, first hurt his wrist swinging in the Braves' home opener after belting two home runs in a series at Philadelphia to begin the season. He stayed in the lineup, but hit just .204 in 50 games before being sent down to Gwinnett.

Schafer spent most of his time with the G-Braves on the disabled list, playing in just nine games. He batted .229 with two home runs.