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G-BRAVES NOTES: Hicks called up for injured Escobar

LAWRENCEVILLE — Yunel Escobar's bad luck proved to be good luck for Brandon Hicks.

The G-Braves shortstop was summoned by Atlanta for the first time Monday with Escobar headed to the disabled list because of a strained left abductor.

Hicks, 24, got the emergency promotion because of his glove, not his bat. He had been 0-for-19 before getting doubles in his final two trips to the plate in Sunday's 11-2 victory over Pawtucket and was batting just .179.

The G-Braves received infielder Luis Bolivar from Class AA Mississippi to replace Hicks. Boliver, 29, was hitting .263 in 22 games with the M-Braves and played most of the past two seasons in the International League for Louisville before signing with Atlanta as a free agent.

Escobar had to leave Thursday's game at St. Louis and missed the weekend series with Houston. The decision was made to put the shortstop on the DL after further exams Monday indicated he wouldn't be able to play in Washington, where the Braves start a nine-game road trip tonight, and maybe this weekend.

Omar Infante has taken over for Escobar. But the Braves needed someone to serve as his backup and Hicks impressed Atlanta manager Bobby Cox with his defense during spring training.

Hicks, a third-round draft choice in 2007 out of Texas A&M, was in his first year of Class AAA. He hit .237 last season with Mississippi.

Schafer begins rehab in Rome

It shouldn't be much longer before Jordan Schafer is ready to join the G-Braves.

The center fielder was scheduled to begin a rehab assignment with Class A Rome on Monday and could be moving up to the G-Braves after Rome completes a seven-game homestand Sunday.

Schafer, who spent the first two months with Atlanta a year ago and hit two homers in his first game, is coming back from wrist surgery and didn't play during spring training. He is on Atlanta's disabled list and has been rehabbing in Florida.

Schafer, 23, was sent down to Gwinnett on June 2 last year, but played in just nine games because of the wrist injury.

G-Braves up next for Strasburg?

Stephen Strasburg, the No. 1 pick in the 2009 draft, is expected to be promoted by Washington to Syracuse in time to face Gwinnett on Friday during the G-Braves' upcoming road trip.

Strasburg made his fifth start for Class AA Harrisburg on Sunday and lost for the first time, working 42/3 innings as the Senators fell 6-1 to Altoona. The right-hander had been nearly perfect in his previous Eastern League outings, posting a 3-0 record and 0.52 ERA.

The 21-year-old former San Diego State standout gave up six hits and four runs, three earned, while walking three and striking out four. His ERA jumped to 1.64 — still among the league leaders.