Originally created 05/19/00

Braves notebook: Jordan's home runs save ankle



ATLANTA -- Brian Jordan has a hurt left ankle. No problem. The way he's bashing the ball out of the park these days the Braves left fielder doesn't have to worry about running to often.

Jordan came into Thursday's game with the Giants with four homers in his previous 11 at-bats.

"The way I see it, if I keep hitting home runs, I won't have to run bases on that ankle," Jordan said with a wide smile.

Of course, there's more to Jordan's recent hot streak than home runs. He had three singles in Thursday's 3-2 victory over the Giants and has 11 hits in past 17 at-bats. Jordan got off to a slow start this season because of a strained muscle in his rib cage but has raised his average to .300 with a strong month.

"I finally have the opportunity to cut it loose and play hard," the Braves right fielder said. "I'm not scared of hurting my rib cage again."

Jordan said he's been getting treatment from Jerry Schindler, who teaches Sports Health Science at Life College in Marietta. Schindler has also worked with Braves pitchers John Smoltz, Greg McMichael, and Steve Avery.

"He's helped me loosen up my body, I feel great," Jordan said. "Now the only thing bothering me is the ankle."

Jordan said he thinks he stepped on a bat in last Friday night's game at Philadelphia and twisted his left ankle. He said he was looking over his shoulder at the runner behind him and didn't see the bat.

WEISS READY:

Shortstop Walt Weiss says he feels ready to come off the disabled list today, but the Braves are going to play it safe and not activate him right away.

Weiss went on the DL May 4 with a strained left hamstring while batting .311. He's eligible to be activated today, but said, "With my history of leg problems, they just want to make sure if they err it's on the side of caution."

Weiss expects the Braves to activate him Sunday.

"I'm feeling pretty good," said the 12-year veteran. "I haven't had any problems. I haven't run full speed yet, but I don't anticipate any problems.

"I haven't done all the tests that need to be done ... running and cutting," Weiss said. "I've been running the last five days, but I haven't gotten to the point where I've done all that stuff full speed."

Weiss is likely to reclaim his roster spot from either Steve Sisco or Mark DeRosa, who were called up from the minors. It will be more difficult to reclaim the starting spot from rookie phenom Rafael Furcal, who is hitting .320.

"With him playing well, he's going to get a lot of time," Weiss said. "We'll see what happens. Hopefully, I'll pick up where I left off."

HUBBARD UPDATE:

Braves first base coach Glenn Hubbard was home from the hospital Thursday, one day after doctors inserted a shunt to try and relieve the coach of painful kidney stones.

There is no timetable for Hubbard's return. Pat Corrales will coach first base until Hubbard is able to come back.