04/08/09 7:00 PM ET
Belliard leaves with back tightness
Infielder removed before pinch-hit at-bat in eighth inning
By Bill Ladson / MLB.com
Belliard was scheduled to hit in the top of the eighth inning, but his back was too stiff, and manager Manny Acta put in Alberto Gonzalez as a pinch-hitter. Belliard believes he hurt the back on Tuesday during his last at-bat against Florida.
With the day off on Thursday, Belliard said he hopes to be ready to play against the Braves at Turner Field on Friday.
Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.