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Francoeur sent to minors to work on offensive woes

Updated: July 4, 2008, 10:46 PM ET
Associated Press

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Braves decided their hometown favorite needed to get away from home -- and away from the major leagues -- to work his way through the worst slump of his career.

Outfielder Jeff Francoeur, hitting only .234, was sent to Double-A Mississippi on Friday and told he'd be recalled within three weeks.

Braves general manager Frank Wren and manager Bobby Cox said the move is not a demotion.

"We look at it as stepping back for a few days and decompressing and getting ...

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