Glaus preparing to return to third base

Glaus preparing to return to third base

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.