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With off-day, Braves push Kawakami back

Braves slot Lowe into Kawakami's spot

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ATLANTA -- Braves starter Kenshin Kawakami will skip his scheduled start Tuesday as a precautionary measure after the 33-year-old was struck in the neck by a Joba Chamberlain line drive Wednesday. Derek Lowe will start in his place.

Instead of starting Tuesday against the Phillies, Kawakami will now start Friday against the Nationals. That means Kawakami will be working on eight days' rest instead of just four.

The Japanese righty could probably pitch Tuesday if needed. However, the Braves have an off-day Monday, giving them the opportunity to skip Kawakami's start and have Derek Lowe start instead on regular rest. The moves also allows starter Tommy Hanson to have an extra day of rest after battling the flu this week.

In 14 starts this season, Kawakami has posted a 4.25 ERA and a 4-6 record. However, in his past four starts, his ERA has been 3.15 and opponents have hit just .186 against him.

Adam Rosenberg is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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