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Schafer has cast put on

ATLANTA - Although no surgery is deemed necessary on his injured left wrist, it looks like the Gwinnett Braves won't get center fielder Jordan Schafer back this season.

"We don't know," Atlanta general manager Frank Wren said Thursday. "But it's doubtful."

Schafer is wearing a cast and his wrist will likely have to stay immobilized for at least two more weeks after that, Wren said. With the International League season ending in early September, that leaves little time for a return.

Schafer was fearful that his season was over when he had to leave a game on July 3 at Norfolk after a painful swing.

"It's not good," Schafer said he next day. "I won't be playing for a while. I might not be playing the rest of the year."

Schafer, who first felt pain in his wrist while with Atlanta the first week of the season, has had multiple MRI exams in Atlanta. In all cases, the injury has been listed as a deep bone bruise.

Unconvinced, Schafer went to New York early this week to see a hand specialist for a second opinion. The diagnosis was the same, with the decision made to put the wrist in a cast.

Schafer, 22, opened the season as Atlanta's regular center fielder after an outstanding spring training. But he struggled with the Braves, hitting .204 in 50 games and striking out 63 times.

Sent down to Gwinnett at the start of June, Schafer played in just nine games with the G-Braves before going on the disabled list for the second time because of his wrist. He hit .229 with two homers and three RBIs with Gwinnett.