Giles returns from broken collarbone

Updated: July 16, 2004, 8:07 PM ET
Associated Press

ATLANTA -- Braves second baseman Marcus Giles returned to the starting lineup Thursday night for the first time in two months.

Marcus Giles
Second Base
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He doubled twice, scored two runs and drove in two in the Braves' 8-0 win over the Expos.

Giles broke his collarbone in a collision with center fielder Andruw Jones in Milwaukee on May 15 and went on the disabled list. During a four-game rehab assignment with Class-A Rome just before the All-Star break, Giles batted only .077 (1-for-13). He was hitting .339 when he was injured.

"My palms are sweaty," Giles said. "It feels like Opening Day."

The Braves decided to keep Nick Green, who was called up from Triple-A Richmond to replace Giles, and instead designated for assignment infielder Jesse Garcia. Atlanta has 10 days to release, trade or send Garcia to the minors.

Outfielder Dewayne Wise also was activated and optioned to Richmond.

"I knew something had to happen," Green said. "I'd be lying if I said I wasn't a little nervous about being sent down. I was never so happy to see my name on the batting practice chart."

Giles and Jones crashed into each other while chasing a popup in the first inning against the Brewers. Giles was racing back and Jones running in for Wes Helms' short fly.

Giles, an All-Star last season, also sustained a mild concussion and a bruised right hand.

Green hit .280 in 51 games while filling Giles' spot in the lineup.

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