After fouling a ball off his right ankle in Kansas City, Jordan Schafer has not been able to return to full speed. The Braves are hoping some time on the 15-day disabled list will help the young, resurgent outfielder return to form.

The franchise placed the 26-year-old on the DL with a right ankle contusion Thursday afternoon.

Schafer received sporadic playing time (two pinch-hit appearances) after suffering the injury, but his mobility was visibly limited.

Schafer has rejuvenated his career during the first half of the season, hitting .312/.399/.464 in 146 plate appearances, adding three home runs and 15 RBI. The team's primary base-running threat off the bench, he's also stolen nine bases thus far.

Though he's the fourth outfielder on the roster -- behind Jason Heyward and Justin and B.J. Upton -- Schafer has proven himself to be the team's best leadoff option (.409 on-base percentage) when he's in the lineup.