Braves’ Outfielder Jordan Injured
ATLANTA (AP) _ Braves outfielder Brian Jordan didn’t start Wednesday night’s game against the Florida Marlins because of a sore knee and ankle, joining a long list of teammates plagued by injuries.
Atlanta fielded a lineup that included only two of its opening-day starters. First baseman Andres Galarraga (sprained thumb), outfielder Reggie Sanders (strained hamstring), shortstop Walt Weiss (strained knee ligament) also sat out.
Catcher Eddie Perez (torn rotator cuff) and second baseman Quilvio Veras (torn knee ligament) already were out for the season, joining pitchers John Smoltz, Rudy Seanez and Greg McMichael in that category.
Jordan was injured Tuesday night as he lunged at first base trying to beat out an infield grounder. He twisted his right knee and sprained his right ankle.
``It’s just sore,″ said Jordan, adding that he would be available for pinch-hitting duty or to play in an emergency. ``It looked a lot worse than it was.″
Weiss tested his knee during batting practice and may try to play Thursday. Sanders, struggling with a .191 average, also is hoping to rejoin the lineup in the next day or two. Galarraga won’t be able to play until the swelling in his thumb goes down.
The only opening-day starters in Wednesday’s lineup were third baseman Chipper Jones and center fielder Andruw Jones. Catcher Javy Lopez also played.