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Schafer demoted to M-Braves

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Jordan Schafer jumped from Class AA to the majors last season as Atlanta's opening night center fielder. Now he's heading back to Mississippi as the Braves hope a step back will get him started in the right direction again.

With Gwinnett overloaded with outfielder, Schafer was returned to the Southern League team Friday after hitting just .201 this season against Class AAA pitching with the G-Braves.

Schafer, 23, battled wrist problems most of last season before having surgery in early September. He missed spring training and the early part of this season while recuperating and never found his stroke with Gwinnett.

The center fielder had just seven extra-base hits and eight RBIs in 52 International League games while striking out 47 times in 189 official at-bats. With only 14 walks, his on-base percentage was .255.

The Gwinnett outfield became overcrowded with the return of Gregor Blanco from Atlanta and the addition of Brent Clevlen from the Braves on a rehab assignment.

Blanco hit .310 and had a .394 on-base percentage in 36 games with Atlanta, but lost his roster spot when Nate McLouth came of the disabled list on Wednesday.

Clevlen suffered a turf toe injury making a catch in Pittsburgh on May 24 shortly after being promoted from Gwinnett and returned to the G-Braves after going 3-for-4 in a rehab game with Class A Rome on Wednesday.

Hernandez goes on DL

Diory Hernandez missed the first two months of the season after surgery on his left shoulder. Now he's back on the disabled list with inflammation in the same shoulder.

Hernandez, hitting .308 in 27 games with the G-Braves, went on the DL after visiting the doctor Friday. He didn't play Thursday in the final game of the road trip at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre after jarring the shoulder sliding into third base on a triple the night before.

The infielder injured his left shoulder playing winter ball in his native Dominican Republic. He split time last season between Gwinnett and Atlanta, playing in 33 games with the Braves.

Hernandez joins outfielder Josh Anderson among position players on the DL. Anderson is out with a broken foot.

Beachy promoted from AA

Brandon Beachy -- one of the Southern League's hottest pitchers -- joined the G-Braves on Friday and may move into a revamped starting rotation that now includes former reliever Cristhian Martinez and left-hander Scott Diamond, also up from Mississippi.

Beachy, 23, was 3-1 with a 1.47 ERA for Mississippi and had 100 strikeouts in 732/3 innings.

The right-hander made the Southern League All-Star Game as a reliever before moving into the rotation, where he struck out 24 over 12 innings in two recent starts.

This season as been a breakthrough for Beachy, who was not drafted coming out of college at Indiana Wesleyan.

New to the G-Braves bullpen are left-hander Lee Hyde, who pitched at Georgia Tech, and right-hander Michael Broadway. They joined the team at Scranton near the end of a 4-4 road trip that included three victories over the Yankees.