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Chipper Heads to DL... Again

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The collision with Jose Bautista in Pittsburgh didn't force Chipper to be removed from the game, but a couple weeks later it sends him to the DL. Chipper hurt his thumbs in what is another story to the seemingly endless saga of the superstar third baseman's injury woes. The nagging hand bruise will send him to the DL retroactive to May 24th so he is expected back in only a week. In the meantime, Yunel Escobar was called up from triple-A Richmond to fill in. Escobar, 24, is hitting .333 with 2 HRs and 7 SBs for the Braves triple-A affiliate this season after a very disappointing one last year. This is a great time for the Braves to showcase Escobar, who is expected to be trade bait come mid-season with the organizational depth around the infield. What Yunel lacks in power, he should make up for in singles and doubles and could be a perfectly fine filler for the lineup. Expect to see a lot of him starting for the next week and he could stay on as a utility thirdbase/shortstop once Chipper is ready.
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