Takashi Saito out with sore shoulder
The injury is a blow to Atlanta's stellar bullpen as the Braves try to maintain a slim lead in the NL wild-card race.
Saito left Friday night's victory over the New York Mets with pain in his pitching shoulder after striking out both batters he faced in the eighth inning. The Braves said Saturday the 40-year-old righty is unavailable for the final two games of the series and he'll travel back to Atlanta on Sunday to undergo tests Monday.
Saito is 2-3 with a 2.52 ERA and one save in 55 appearances. He has compiled 16 consecutive scoreless outings, striking out 20 in 15 2/3 innings.
"Hopefully, we can get him back this season. He's an integral part of the bullpen. He's been lights out," Braves manager Bobby Cox said. "The name of the game is pick each other up. We've got depth in the bullpen, so we can work around it."
Atlanta's bullpen began the day with a 3.04 ERA and .220 opponents' batting average, ranked second in the majors in both categories.
Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press
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