Braves’ Jordan Misses Second Game
ATLANTA (AP) _ Brian Jordan, bothered by a sore right hand, did not start Tuesday for the Atlanta Braves in the opener of a key three-game series against the New York Mets.
The Braves shifted Gerald Williams to right field, putting Ryan Klesko in left and Randall Simon at first. Klesko filled Jordan’s clean-up spot in the order.
An examination Tuesday shed no new light on Jordan’s injury, which apparently involves a bone chip. He plans to play as much as possible and hold off on surgery until after the season.
Jordan, who leads the Braves with 106 RBIs, was initially hit on the right hand by Montreal’s Mike Thurman on June 22. The pain has worsened in recent weeks, sending Jordan into a prolonged slump.
He is hitting only .135 (7-for-52) since Sept. 3 and has gone 104 at-bats since his last homer on Aug. 15.
After sitting out Sunday’s game against Montreal, Jordan took batting practice Tuesday and hoped to play. Instead, manager Bobby Cox decided to give his right-handed outfielder another day of rest since the Mets were starting right-hander Rick Reed.
``If it was up to me, I’d try to play and go for it,″ Jordan said. ``But it’s up to Bobby now.″
The Braves went into the series with a one-game lead over the second-place Mets. The teams will meet six times in the final 12 regular-season games.