LAWRENCEVILLE — The Brandon Hicks shuttle between Gwinnett and Atlanta has been shut down for awhile. The shortstop broke his right index finger in his first game back with the G-Braves on Friday in Charlotte.
Hicks’ injury isn’t the only bad news for Gwinnett, either. Wes Timmons is also on the disabled list and could be out for the rest of the season because of an abdominal injury.
“I hope not, but I guess it’s looking that way,” said Timmons, who hasn’t played since Aug. 14.
An MRI indicated a possible sports hernia and the veteran third baseman is scheduled to see a surgeon.
“I guess you don’t see a surgeon to rule out surgery,” Timmons said.
Timmons, 31, made the International League All-Star Game for the second straight year and is having one of his best seasons in a nine-year career. He is hitting .295 in 110 games and has drawn 58 walks, giving him an on-base percentage of .402 — second in the IL.
“I didn’t think (the injury) was that bad,” said Timmons, who first felt something while running to first base on a single in the opener of a doubleheader with Durham.
But he felt it again on a double in his next at-bat and it got worse trying to beat out a grounder in his final time up. Timmons was pulled from the lineup for the second game and hasn’t played since.
Hicks, 24, had been yo-yoing between Gwinnett and Atlanta, filling in with Atlanta when the team needed another infielder. He has been called up three times, only to be sent back the same number.
Hicks, batting .211 in 77 games with the G-Braves, broke his right index finger trying to bunt in the series opener in Charlotte. The pitch hit his finger and the bat.
Young honored by IL
Matt Young became the first Gwinnett player to win International League Hitter of the Week twice in the same season. The outfielder-second baseman was honored Monday.
Young, 27, hit .360 with two doubles, a homer and four RBIs in the six games last week and swiped seven bases. He scored six times.
The left-handed hitter was batting .295 going into Monday’s home game with Charlotte and was fourth in the IL with 31 stolen bases. He had 78 runs scored, 30 doubles, five triples, three homers and 32 RBIs.
Center fielder Nate McLouth remains out of the G-Braves lineup because of a sore shin. He last played on Thursday in Charlotte.
Sent down by Atlanta to regain his batting stroke, McLouth is hitting .232 with five homers and 14 RBIs in 27 games with the G-Braves. The 28-year-old former National League All-Star was hitting just .168 in 62 games with the Braves when demoted and missed time after suffering a concussion in June at Arizona.
To give the G-Braves some bench help, infielder Dan Nelson was promoted from Class AA Mississippi.