The Braves have placed starting shortstop Yunel Escobar on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left groin. Escobar has played in 22 games this season for the Braves and he is 17 of 79 (.215 avg, .561 OPS) with 7 runs scored, 8 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. Omar Infante will take over as the starting shortstop until Escobar gets healthy and he might inject some offense into the lineup. He has played in 14 games for the Braves this year and he is 14 of 42 (.333 avg, .768 OPS) with 7 runs scored, 5 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. The Braves have recalled 24-year old righty swinging shortstop Brandon Hicks to replace Escobar on the active roster. Hicks is the Braves’ #18 prospect heading into this season according to Baseball America. Hicks has played in 25 games in AAA-ball so far this season and he is 15 of 84 (.179 avg, .520 OPS) with 7 runs scored, 1 homer, 6 RBIs and 4 stolen bases. Hicks has now played in 317 games in four years in the minors and he is 271 of 1,130 (.240 avg, .753 OPS) with 187 runs scored, 38 homers, 145 RBIs and 41 stolen bases. Don’t expect Hicks to get much P.T. while Escobar is out of action.