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Thursday, July 3, 2014

Braves Injury Update: Tommy La Stella, David Carpenter, Gerald Laird


By on 7/03/2014 06:30:00 AM

The Atlanta Braves had two good pieces of injury news on Wednesday, in the form of Tommy La Stella's presence in the lineup and the activation of David Carpenter. La Stella had exited on Tuesday with a bruised foot but he made an immediate return to the Atlanta lineup, as reported by David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. 

LaStella went 0-3 with a walk and played the whole game for the Braves at second base. The streaking Braves remained a half-game ahead of the Nationals as they won their seventh in a row, beating the Mets 3-1.



MLB.com's Mark Bowman reported Carpenter's activation, with the reliever telling Bowman he was "feeling good" and had just been "a little tired". Right-hander Carpenter needed just the minimum stay on the DL for the strained right biceps he suffered in mid-June.

Catcher Gerald Laird has been feeling less good, with a sore right oblique keeping him out of each of the last three games according to O'Brien. Laird told O'Brien that he first felt something in his right side about two weeks ago and it flared up during Sunday's game in Philadelphia. Christian Betancourt, who has come up as a backup with Evan Gattis on the DL, has therefore had to play all three games. The Braves are off on Thursday so an extra day may give Laird enough time to recover and start on Friday.

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