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Catchall Injury Update

Yes, they are starting to pile up. Now is when we see what kind of depth this club has.

Chad Paronto
It looks like we'll see Peter Moylan a lot sooner than any of us thought.

Braves right-handed reliever Chad Paronto had to leave Friday night's loss to the Marlins because of a strained right groin that is likely going to land him on the 15-day disabled list.

"I think it's at least 10 days or two weeks," Braves manager Bobby Cox said in reference to the amount of time he thought it would take for Paronto's injury to heal.

Lance Cormier
Read into this that Corms will likely not be ready until mid-May.

Lance Cormier threw a short bullpen session on Thursday and reported to the stadium on Friday without any discomfort in his strained right triceps muscle. The Braves still haven't put a timetable on when he might return to the rotation. But because he hasn't pitched in a game since March 26, he may need to make at least one Minor League rehab appearance.

Tanyon Sturtze
With the way some of our relievers have pitched, I hate to say that we might be able to use the services of Sturtze.

Right-handed reliever Tanyon Sturtze, who is recovering from shoulder surgery, threw a bullpen session on Friday. While there is no definite timetable for his return, the Braves have said he might not be activated from the disabled list until late May or early June.

Willy Aybar
This guy is proving to be a real dud. We could use his bat in our strikeout-prone lineup, but it doesn't seem that he'll be back any time soon.

As for Willy Aybar, his sore left hand continues to prevent him from batting left-handed. He hasn't done so since March 9 and the club has shown no indication that he's nearing a point that he could be activated from the disabled list.

Mike Hampton
As I'm sure we're all aware, Hampton will miss the entire 2007 season, and at this point I'm not even counting on him for 2008. An interesting thing about Hampton and his contract is that I think Andruw Jones resigning with the Braves next year is directly tied to Hampton's contract. He will make $15 million next year - money that could definitely be used to sign Andruw. But after that, we will essentially be clearing $15 million from our books in 2009. So if Schuerholz can work Andruw's contract such that the first year is not much more than he's making this year before the higher salaries kick in, then resigning him could be feasible.

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