Braves demote Schafer, recall Blanco

Updated: June 2, 2009, 8:40 PM ET
Associated Press

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Braves optioned center fielder Jordan Schafer to Triple-A Gwinnett on Tuesday, replacing the struggling rookie with one of the players he beat out in spring training, Gregor Blanco.

The 22-year-old Schafer won the job with an impressive showing in Florida, but he struggled through his first two months in the big leagues. He was hitting just .204 with two homers and eight RBIs and already had 63 strikeouts in 167 at-bats.

"He needs to work on some stuff, get it ...

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