G-Braves lose; McLouth ready to go

Photo by Brandon Brigman

Photo by Brandon Brigman

LAWRENCEVILLE — Nate McLouth had mostly a good outing in the third start of his rehab assignment with the Gwinnett Braves on Saturday.

The outfielder made two plate appearances and played three innings in the field in a game that the G-Braves’ lost to the Durham Bulls 8-1.

McLouth reached base in both his plate appearances, making him 3-for-6 with an RBI in his three-game stint with Gwinnett as he tries to work his way back to the Atlanta Braves after being placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left oblique May 23.

He did receive a scare in his first at bat when he was hit in the right forearm by a pitch from Durham starter Alex Torres.

However, he stayed in the game, drawing a walk in his other plate appearance and playing three innings in left field before exiting as scheduled, and declared himself fit to rejoin the major league Braves, which could come as soon as today.

“Luckily, it hit meat and not bone,” joked McLouth, who sported a red welt on his forearm below his wrist. “It was no big deal.”

What was a big deal for McLouth was able to see Torres, a left-handed starter, after seeing right-handers in his previous two starts, which gave him more a sense of being ready to head back down Interstate 85.

“I was really glad I got a chance to face a lefty,” said McLouth, who was hitting .238 with three home runs and 11 RBIs in 48 games with Atlanta before landing on the DL.

“I haven’t faced one either in (extended) spring training or here so far. So, I’m glad they started a lefty, and a pretty good one, too. It was nice to see that.”