Source: At­lanta Braves make of­fer to free-agent out­fielder Johnny Da­mon

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last week he en­vi­sions Cabr­era play­ing all three out­field spots and pos­si­bly shar­ing a po­si­tion with Diaz.

Cox said the team is pre­pared to give 20-year-old out­field prospect Ja­son Hey­ward a chance to win a start­ing job in right field. Hey­ward made only a brief ap­pear­ance at triple-A last sea­son and has fewer than 200 at-bats above class-A.

“ Well, there’s no rea­son not to give him a crack at mak­ing it,” Cox said. “If he is too young, that’s fine, too. He can spend some time in triple-A. But if we think he’s ready and he can help us, then let’s go.”

Hey­ward (six-foot-four, 225 pounds) has the power po­ten­tial the Braves need in their out­field. He was voted base­ball’s top prospect by Base­ball Amer­ica af­ter hit­ting .323 with 17 homers and 63 RBIs at three mi­nor league stops in 2009.

The Braves’ will­ing­ness to give Hey­ward an op­por­tu­nity could keep them from en­gag­ing in a bid­ding war for Da­mon. Ac­cord­ing to re­ports, Detroit and Tampa Bay also have in­ter­est.

Bo­ras did not re­turn a call to The As­so­ci­ated Press on Wed­nes­day. Braves gen­eral man­ager Frank Wren had no com­ment on Da­mon. PEB­BLE BEACH, Calif. — Jes­per Parnevik sounded op­ti­mistic about re­turn­ing to golf Wed­nes­day af­ter speak­ing to a Michi­gan spe­cial­ist who told him he could avoid surgery for a bro­ken ver­te­brae.

One day af­ter telling a Swedish tabloid that it would take a “mir­a­cle” for him to play golf again, Parnevik said rest and phys­i­cal ther­apy could put him back on the PGA Tour in a cou­ple of months.

He said he would go to Detroit next week to meet with Gary Gray, who spe­cial­izes in ap­plied func­tional sci­ence.

“It’s painful and all that,” Parnevik said from his home in south Florida. “The good news is I fi­nally found out what’s been both­er­ing me the last few years. The good thing is now I can do some- ROT­TER­DAM, Nether­lands (AP) — Robin Soder­ling se­cured a quar­ter­fi­nal berth, while Niko­lay Davy­denko and Gael Mon­fils won their open­ing round matches at the ABN Amro in­door hard­court tour­na­ment on Wed­nes­day.

Michael Ber­rer of Ger­many fought a marathon 34-point tiebreaker in his first-round victory over French­man Ar­naud Cle­ment, winning 7-6 (16), 4-6, 6-4.

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