Just as they start to get healthy, the Atlanta Braves suffer another injury.
The All-Star second baseman broke his collarbone in a collision with center field Andruw Jones while chasing a popup in the first inning of the Braves’ 11-6 victory over the Brewers on Saturday night.
The Braves said Giles also sustained a mild concussion and a bruised right hand and will be sidelined six to eight weeks.
“It was a costly victory because Giles was an All-Star for us last year and probably would have been one for us this year,” Atlanta manager Bobby Cox said. “It is just one of those things. He plays hard. He was going after the ball and trying to make a play.”
Giles, who was in the clubhouse after the game with his right arm in sling, said he did not hear Jones call for the ball.
“I keep going after the ball until I hear someone call for it and I never heard anything,” he said. “I felt something in my shoulder when I hit the ground. I wanted to keep playing, but I couldn’t lift my arm over my head. It was just a freak play.”
Giles hopes to be back in less than six weeks.
“I can’t do much except wait for the bone to grow back in,” he said.
The Braves were able to overcome Giles’ injury for one night at least, as Johnny Estrada had a career-high five hits and five RBIs, and Adam LaRoche had four doubles, which tied a major league record.
Milwaukee had won a season-high three straight games coming into this series, but have been outscored 13-6 in the first two games of the series.
Saturday night’s defeat was the team’s 32nd loss in 45 meetings with Atlanta since the Brewers joined the National League in 1998, including a 5-19 mark in Milwaukee.
“It’s frustrating,” said Wes Helms. “I think we match up with them pretty good. It’s just one of those things. Some teams have your number.”