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A Groin is a Terrible Thing to Strain

The worst fears about Kyle Davies look to be true. He will have surgery on his torn right groin, much like Nomar Garciaparra did last year when he missed more than three months of the season.

The Braves are already making plans for Davies' replacement during those three months. Chuck James will join the Richmond team later in the week to begin building the endurance needed to move into the starting rotation.

In the interim, the Braves have recalled right-hander Anthony Lerew from AAA. He was not spectacular at all in Richmond. In his previous start last Saturday, Lerew lasted 4.1 innings giving up five runs on five hits and seven walks. That's not too good. He was actually recalled on Wednesday just in case the Braves needed an emergency pitcher out of the pen. He will most likely be sent down today to make room for Lance Cormier, who is coming off the DL. But he may get recalled to make the start for Atlanta on Saturday in Arizona.

If Davies will be out for two or more months, then that would allow the Braves to place him on the 60-day DL and open up a roster spot for Travis Smith, a journey-man minor league starter, who would be a better option to make a spot start.

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