Braves' Kotsay tests sore back during light workout

ATLANTA -- Atlanta Braves outfielder Mark Kotsay says today
was "kind of a big day" in his attempt to return from a lower
back strain.

Kotsay, who hasn't played since May 26th, tested the injury by
running, throwing and hitting before the Braves' game against

Kotsay took 30 swings in the indoor batting cage and jogged and
played catch in the outfield. He also shagged balls during batting

It was the most work for Kotsay in almost a month, and he says
the key will be how he feels tomorrow.

Kotsay says he hopes to be ready for a minor league assignment
in a week.