CINCINNATI -- In need of a third catcher for the postseason in case Pascual Matos can't return from a severely sprained ankle, the Braves signed veteran Jorge Fabregas Tuesday. Fabregas, 29, was released by the Marlins last Thursday after hitting .206 with three homers and 21 RBI in 82 games. A left-handed batter, he's a career .247 hitter who has spent time with the Angels, White Sox, Diamondbacks and Mets. "If one of our catchers goes down, we don't have anybody," manager Bobby Cox said.
ATLANTA - A team that already has baseball's best starting pitching is trying to strengthen its rotation. Sources indicate the Braves are making a strong bid for Phillies right-hander Curt Schilling, who has a limited no-trade clause in his contract, but would agree to be traded to Atlanta. Schilling, who will be in town Monday when the Phillies open a two-game series against the Braves, could switch clubhouses while he's here if the two teams can agree on a package of prospects.
ATLANTA - David Justice is making a speedy recovery from shoulder surgery, but not quickly enough to return this season. Though he has made remarkable progress, doctors shot down the idea of him coming back next month when he brought it up. "They said no," Justice said. "They aren't going to let me. I've accepted the fact that I've got to wait. I'll just work to be in the best shape of my career next March."