Dave O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution is reporting the Braves will promote six players from Triple-A Gwinnett when rosters are expanded on Wednesday, September 1. Three are familiar faces at Turner Field: corner infielder Troy Glaus, outfielder Nate McLouth and pitcher Kenshin Kawakami. Don't expect any of the three to play significant roles. Manager Bobby Cox would have be in a tough situation to depend on McLouth at the plate or Kawakami on the mound with a division title on the line. Glaus was sent up I-85 to work some at third base. With the G-Braves he looked like he had never played the position. With his lack of mobility, Glaus can only be expected to serve as a pinch-hitter and a possible fill-in for Derrick Lee at first base.
The other three include pitcher Scott Proctor, catcher J.C. Boscan and first baseman Freddie Freeman (pictured). Proctor was expected to help Atlanta earlier in the season but had trouble getting back in rhythm after undergoing surgery last year. Boscan will be on hand to give the Braves another catcher in the bullpen. Freeman will be given the chance to learn the protocol of a major league clubhouse and dugout prior to becoming the leading candidate to start at the first turn next season. There were various reports suggesting that Freeman would not be promoted in order to limit his service time and other long-term factors. Fortunately GM Frank Wren made the right decision by focusing on the baseball aspects and realizing Freeman's comfort level in 2011 will be enhanced by spending September in a pennant race.
Several other corresponding moves were made throughout the organization on Tuesday. The most notable ones included pitcher Erik Cordier receiving a promotion from Mississippi to Gwinnett. Shortstop Mycal Jones made the climb from Myrtle Beach to Mississippi, while second baseman Phil Gosselin was promoted from Rome to Myrtle Beach.
Freeman and Cordier are two of the seven players scheduled to be playing in the Arizona Fall League in October and November. While the list is subject to change, the other four include Gwinnett pitchers Brandon Beachy and Michael Broadway, Mississippi pitcher Kyle Cofield and shortstop Tyler Pastornicky and Myrtle Beach outfielder Cory Harrilchak. I had incorrectly listed pitcher Lee Hyde earlier as a participant in the AFL.