DENVER -- Troy Glaus arrived at Triple-A Gwinnett's Coolray Field feeling good about his rested legs and optimistic about the opportunity to spend the next week re-introducing himself to the third base position.
After acquiring first baseman Derrek Lee from the Cubs last week, the Braves placed Glaus on the disabled list and revealed that he would spend most of this week playing third base for Gwinnett. The 34-year-old former All-Star has been battled discomfort in both of his knees, primarily his left, during the past few months.
"My knee feels fine," Glaus told reporters before Monday's game. "Five days was enough rest. Now I just want to get as many reps at third base as I can."
Glaus had almost exclusively played third base before moving to first base this year. If he proves he is still mobile and agile enough to play the position, he will at least give the Braves some more flexibility after he returns to the Majors when rosters expand on Sept. 1.
After striking out on three pitches during his first two at-bats against Charlotte Monday night, Glaus drew walks in his final two plate appearances. He caught a soft liner to start a fifth-inning double play and reached over the dugout railing to record an out in the eighth inning.
Braves won't put Minor on innings-count
DENVER -- After watching Mike Minor match a rookie franchise record by recording 12 strikeouts during Sunday's win against the Cubs, Braves manager Bobby Cox said he's certainly tempted to send the rookie southpaw to the mound as often as possible.
But recognizing the need to protect Minor's arm as he nears the end of his first professional season, Cox plans to give the 22-year-old southpaw extra days of rest between some starts. Utilizing the benefits of Thursday's off-day, the Braves will give Minor eight days of rest before he makes his next start against the Mets on Aug. 31.
After that outing against the Mets, Minor would make each of his next three starts on regular rest. The schedule would allow him to make his final two starts of the season with at least one extra day of rest.
"He can pitch the rest of the year this way and doesn't need to be shut down after so many innings," Cox said. "He should be fine."
Minor has completed 138 1/3 innings since beginning this season with Double-A Mississippi. His first two career starts were separated by seven days of rest. He was working on regular rest during Sunday's impressive outing at Wrigley Field.
"All three of his starts have been great," Cox said. "But, [Sunday] he was just dominant."
Infante in the hunt for NL batting crown
DENVER -- Following the paths traveled by Bill Madlock in 1981 and Tony Gwynn in 1996, Omar Infante could win this year's National League batting title, despite the fact that he might not have the necessary plate appearances to qualify.
It's often believed that a player can't win a batting title unless they compile at least 502 plate appearances in a season. But this is actually the total necessary to qualify without penalty.
If a player is in line to win a batting title without recording the necessary plate appearances, his candidacy is based on where is batting average stands after accounting for him going hitless during the amount of at-bats that would raise his total to 502.
When Gwynn won the batting title in 1996, he compiled 498 plate appearances. After factoring an 0-for-4 performance, he was deemed the NL's batting champion. Madlock won the batting title during the strike-shortened 1981 season, despite the fact that he didn't average 3.1 plate appearances in the 102 games played by the Pirates.
Infante has a .350 batting average and 338 plate appearances. In order to increase his season total to 502, he would need to compile 164 plates appearances during the Braves' final 37 games, an average of 4.4 plate appearances per game. The versatile infielder has averaged 4.6 plate appearances per game since moving into the leadoff role on July 31.
Given that Infante will likely get a few days to rest down the stretch, he could fall just short of compiling the necessary plate appearances. But while hitting an NL-best .371 since the end of May, he has put himself in position where he could still win the batting title after factoring in some hypothetical hitless at-bats.
Reds first baseman Joey Votto leads the NL with a .323 batting average. Braves second baseman Martin Prado ranks second at .320.
Recognizing what will likely be his last trip to Coors Field, the Rockies presented Braves manager Bobby Cox with a fly rod and reel before Monday night's series opener. He could use these items while fly fishing during the all-expenses trip they have arranged for him to make to a resort in Colorado. ... Infielder Brandon Hicks will not be available to play when the Major League roster expands next week. Hicks broke a bone near the top of his right index finger while attempting to bunt Friday night with Gwinnett.
Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. Guy Curtright contributed to this report. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.