The Atlanta Braves announced two roster moves on Tuesday: the team has reacquired middle infielder Ruben Gotay from the Toronto Blue Jays and has sent struggling third baseman Joey Terdoslavish to Mississippi (AA).
Gotay returns to the Braves for a third stint with the club. He was initially claimed off waivers back in 2008, where he played sparingly for the club. He had several stops (Pittsburgh, Arizona, St. Louis and Florida) before returning to the Braves with a minor league contract on June 19th, 2011, and now makes his return in a trade with the Blue Jays for cash considerations.
He had been playing with Toronto's Triple-A affiliate in Las Vegas, hitting .346 with 14 RBI's. Ruben has been assigned to Gwinnett and arrived in time to play in tonights game against Lehigh Valley. The G-Braves lost 10-1 but Gotay played 3B, going 1-3 with one strikeout.
To make room for Gotay on the roster, third baseman Joey Terdoslavich was demoted to Double-A Mississippi.
Terdoslavich came in to the season with a lot of hype surrounding him, moving from Single-A Lynchburg up to Gwinnett and tabbed as the third baseman of the future. Rated as the No. 11 prospect in the Braves system, Terdoslavich struggled in all areas of the game but it was his defense that let him down. He posted 22 errors in 50 total games and hovered around .180 from the batter's box.
However, the Braves don't have any plans to give up on Terdo – who was the Braves Minor League Player of the Year last season. He'll have all the time he needs to work on his defense in Mississippi and it wouldn't be a surprise to see him back up with Gwinnett before long.
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