Escobar to make rehab assignment with G-Braves

Brian McCann rehabbed in Gwinnett last season. So did Tim Hudson and Tom Glavine.

Now it is Yunel Escobar's turn.

The Atlanta Braves shortstop's stay at Coolray Field is scheduled to be a very short one, though.

Escobar is slated to play just one game for the G-Braves. That is Friday night in the opener of a four-game series against Lehigh Valley.

On Saturday, Escobar is eligible to come off the 15-day disabled list and he is expected to do so before the Braves' game against Arizona that night at Turner Field.

Escobar has been out since April 30 with a left abductor strain. He was off to a slow start this season before being injured, hitting .215.

Brandon Hicks was promoted from Gwinnett when Escobar went on the DL and he is expected to return to the G-Braves when Escobar is activated. Making his major league debut, Hicks has struck out in his only at-bat with the Braves, but he did score a run as a pinch runner.

Gwinnett completes its road trip to Syracuse and Pawtucket today with an afternoon game and will begin an eight-game homestand on Friday. Columbus will follow Lehigh Valley into Coolray Field.

The G-Braves are also scheduled to have center fielder Jordan Schafer in the lineup this weekend.

Coming back from wrist surgery, Schafer played his second game with Class AA Mississippi on Wednesday and was 1-for-3 with a walk. He was 2-for-5 and had a double in his first game for the M-Braves on Tuesday night.

Schafer earlier played six games for Class A Rome, hitting .273. He was with the G-Braves for three months last year, but got into just nine games because of problems with his left wrist. Surgery was performed in September.