Friday April 3, 2009
ATLANTA (AP) -- Jordan Schafer, who was suspended for the first 50 games of the 2008 season for a violation of baseball's drug policy, is the Atlanta Braves' new starting center fielder.
The 22-year-old Schafer won the job on Friday as the Braves made roster cuts before their exhibition game against the Detroit Tigers.
Schafer has never played above Double-A. He beat out Gregor Blanco, who was optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett with outfielder Brandon Jones, right-handed pitcher Manny Acosta and left-hander Boone Logan.
Right-hander Kris Medlen, infielder Brooks Conrad and catcher J.C. Boscan were reassigned to the minor league camp. Catcher David Ross will open the season on the disabled list with a groin injury.
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