ATLANTA (AP) -Kyle Davies wore a big wrap around his torso as he moved slowly through the Braves' clubhouse on Wednesday.
A mild strained left oblique will keep the Atlanta right-hander out of the rotation for a three-game series this weekend at Florida. Davies felt sore and stiff after a bullpen session the previous day.
``It was sore after I pitched,'' said Davies, who is 3-7 with a 5.42 ERA. ``It was no more sore today than it was yesterday. I didn't feel it throwing in my bullpen. It didn't grab me. But still, there's a little soreness.''
Davies continues to receive daily treatment, but with an off day on Thursday, manager Bobby Cox already plans to go with Chuck James, Tim Hudson and Buddy Carlyle against the Marlins and John Smoltz on Monday in Los Angeles.
``When it's completely whole, which it should be on Monday, that's when we'll pitch,'' Davies said. ``But it was a very good sign that I could throw yesterday. I threw with pretty hard effort. A long bullpen. I probably threw 50 or 60 pitches. I threw them with 80, 90, 100 percent effort and didn't feel it. It grabbed me. It's not sore today from that.''
Since pitching five shutout innings during his rookie debut at Boston on May 21, 2005, Davies is 12-20 with a 6.19 ERA in 42 starts and seven relief appearances.

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