ATLANTA -- The Braves will be without Edgar Renteria's hot bat for the next few days. They're hoping that the shortstop's strained left rib cage doesn't keep him out any longer.
Renteria was forced to leave Saturday night's game against the Padres in the sixth inning, after swinging and missing at strike three from Jake Peavy. He immediately dropped his bat, slowly picked it up, and then walked gingerly toward the Braves dugout.
"We're going to wait definitely a couple of days," Braves manager Bobby Cox said. "He's too good not to wait at least a day or two."
Renteria, who extended his Major League-best hitting streak to 12 games with a second-inning single, experienced discomfort in the same area during the early days of Spring Training. He began feeling the pain after getting out of the way of a ball that deflected off the batting cage.
But because he was swinging this time, the Braves are a little worried. Renteria will be reevaluated when he arrives at the stadium on Sunday.
With Chipper Jones on the disabled list, Wilson Betemit is serving as the club's starting third baseman. Thus, Tony Pena will likely serve as the club's shortstop while Renteria is unable to play.
Pena, known for his defense, grounded out in his first Major League at-bat during Saturday's eighth inning.
Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.