Originally created 08/30/99

Braves notebook: Jordan expects to return to lineup tonight



ST. LOUIS -- Brian Jordan remained out of Sunday night's lineup with a sore right and left hand, but he anticipates returning for the start of a three-game series tonight in Cincinnati.

The cortisone shots he received in his right hand Wednesday seem to be doing some good, though it remains tough to swing a bat.

Jordan planned to take some batting practice before Sunday's game, which he was forced to do inside because of rain, and will judge today how his hand reacted to the pressure.

VERSATILE:

Jose Hernandez moved from first base to left field for Sunday's game. He has started 26 games at shortstop since being acquired from the Cubs on July 31, but was penciled in at first base Sunday, then changed positions with left fielder Brian Hunter before the game.

Manager Bobby Cox decided to make the change after asking Hernandez which position he has more experience playing.

Before joining the Braves, Hernandez had started 14 games in center, six in left, two in right and two at first base.

SET 'EM UP:

Reliever Mike Remlinger is on a roll, having pitched shutout ball in his last 13 appearances since Aug. 5, working 16 1/3 innings and allowing six hits while striking out 15. He has six wins, one less than he had in 28 starts with the Reds last season, and clearly has become one of the league's best setup men.

"(Having six wins) is more a sign of how many games this team stays in," Remlinger said. "At least three of them are extra-inning wins."

With Bruce Chen and rookie David Cortes getting little work, Cox is essentially using a four-man bullpen, which keeps Remlinger, Russ Springer, Kevin McGlinchy and John Rocker busy. Remlinger has worked in 58 games, 11 less than his career-high with the Reds two years ago, while Rocker is among league leaders with 62 appearances.

"I think for everybody it's (gut-check) time," Remlinger said. "You've just got to get it done, no matter how you feel."

MILESTONE:

Speaking of Rocker, he became the fourth Braves reliever to post 30 saves, joining Gene Garber (1982), Mark Wohlers (1996-97) and Kerry Ligtenberg (1998), and the first left-hander to accomplish the feat.

"It's a nice milestone," Rocker said. "Maybe I'll set a goal of 40 now. Anything above 30 is more than I hoped for at the beginning of the year."