ATLANTA -- The Braves' roster is changing shape so rapidly it's like some out-of-control science experiment.
A day after placing catcher Eddie Perez and shortstop Walt Weiss on the disabled list, left fielder Reggie Sanders went on the DL Saturday with a sprained left ankle and infielder Steve Sisco was recalled from Class AAA Richmond.
"How many players does Randy (Richmond manager Ingle) have left, seven?" coach Pat Corrales joked.
Sanders, who was hopeful of returning to the lineup Friday, was instead forced to admit his ankle is not improving. Trainers have diagnosed a Grade 3 sprain and the normal recovery time is three to four weeks.
Sanders went on the DL retroactive to April 30, meaning he's eligible to come off May 16, but trainers say it will probably be another two weeks before he's ready.
"Most definitely a bummer," Sanders said. "I want to get out there and play. It's very frustrating."
Sanders' injury was a break for Sisco, a 30-year-old career minor leaguer with a .293 career average and not a single day in the big leagues. Ingle awakened him at 1:30 Saturday morning with the news and Sisco was at Turner Field in time to take batting practice Saturday evening.
Sisco, who was hitting .260 in 20 games at Richmond, assessed his promotion with blunt honesty.
"I don't think this callup is any indication of the way I was playing down there," he said. "I think it was more an emergency-type thing then an offensive thing."
Perhaps, but there's no doubt Sisco, who hit .311 with the R-Braves last year, can swing a bat. After spending seven years in the Royals organization, he signed with the Braves as a minor league free agent in October 1998 and popped 18 homers and drove in 76 runs last season.
"It really hasn't sunk in yet," Sisco said. "If you want to get called up, there are only a few teams on the `A' list and this is one of them."
The Braves chose to recall Sisco, rather than outfielder George Lombard, a .231 hitter at Richmond, because they want his right-handed bat on the bench.
"I wanted a right-handed bat because we're so left-handed off the bench," Bobby Cox said.
The news from the trainers room only got worse Saturday with the announcement that Brian Jordan will miss at least one game after aggravating a sore left ribcage muscle crashing into the wall while making a catch Friday night.
Jordan, who missed two weeks with a strained right ribcage last month, received a cortisone shot and hopes to return to the lineup for this afternoon's series finale against the Phillies.
"That collision with the wall just jolted it," he said. "We're back to square one again. I'm hoping the shot kicks in and I'll be all right."
Finally, Kevin McGlinchy will probably rejoin Class AA Greenville this week to make another two or three rehab appearances before being activated from the disabled list. Although the second-year reliever threw in the bullpen Friday and says the stiffness in his shoulder has disappeared, Cox wants him to be able to work in consecutive games and he's not ready yet.
"I don't know if I can go two days in a row," McGlinchy admitted. "When they take me off (the DL) they want me to be able to go every day. Right now I'm in a holding pattern."
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Luis Rivera, who left Thursday night's R-Braves game with shoulder stiffness, was placed on the seven-day DL as a precaution and will miss a turn in the rotation. The injury isn't considered serious, but the Braves aren't taking any chances with their prized reliever, who will probably be the first pitcher recalled if the need arises.
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