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"It's awfully bleak because of the injury situation and the trade deadline coming up and the trade rumors swirling around here," Jones said. "We're already pointed toward next year."
All-Star catcher Brian McCann won't go on the DL after sustaining a mild concussion in a collision at home plate at Philadelphia on Sunday. But he is expected to miss three or four games.
"I feel like I thought would: headache, neck hurts, jaw's sore," McCann said.
Jones believes he probably could have returned in less than 15 days, but he knew the team needed another position player with McCann hurting. The Braves called up catcher Clint Sammons from Triple-A Richmond.
"It's disappointing," Jones said. "I felt like I could have helped us that last series and maybe pushed us over the top."
In other moves, the Braves optioned left-hander Jo-Jo Reyes to Richmond, recalled pitcher Charlie Morton and activated reliever Jeff Bennett from the disabled list.
Morton (2-4) started the opener of the four-game series against the Cardinals and was rocked for eight runs in 3 2-3 innings. Jorge Campillo, who went only 1 2-3 innings Sunday before the game was delayed by rain, will return Tuesday to take Hudson's spot in the rotation.
Reyes was 3-9 with a 5.34 ERA in 16 games, all but one of them as a starter. Manager Bobby Cox said the left-hander has made changes in his delivery and needs to become more comfortable in game situations.
"I'm not mad about it," Reyes said. "I kind of had a feeling. I haven't been pitching very good the last three or four outings."
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