"It doesn't feel good," Schafer said. "I've tried to play through injuries before, and I don't want to make that same mistake. I don't want to go out and us be playing with eight players. So I think it's better that I get healthy."
Still, the Braves opted to insert Schafer in the ninth inning of Tuesday night's 4-3, 19-inning win over the Pirates. He played through the discomfort and managed to record a key single in the final frame that helped seal the victory.
Even after the game, Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said there was a possibility Schafer could be placed on the disabled list. But for now, it seems like the club is hoping he'll gain some relief. The 24-year-old center fielder has missed six straight starts because of a chip fracture he suffered sliding headfirst toward second base during Wednesday's loss to the Rockies.
Before Schafer took swings under the watchful eye of Dr. Gary Lourie on Monday afternoon, the Braves were prepared to place him on the disabled list. They opted not to make the transaction once he revealed that he was able to complete his swings and make throws in a relatively pain-free manner.
Schafer believes those swings might have aggravated his finger and led him to experience the discomfort that was present Tuesday.
"I hadn't swung in five days," Schafer said. "After I went and swung, it felt fine. I just think the effects of swinging made it that much worse today."
While Schafer is out of the lineup, Nate McLouth will likely serve as the starting center fielder. McLouth was also batting leadoff Tuesday night, marking the first time he was in that spot since he strained his left oblique muscle on May 22.