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Atlanta Braves Call up Tyler Pastornicky, Jason Heyward Recovering After Surgery

April 23rd, 2013 at 4:13 PM
By Cody Fields

The Atlanta Braves called up Tyler Pastornicky from Triple-A Gwinnett on Tuesday to take the place of Jason Heyward while he's on the disabled list, braves.com reports.

Pastornicky has mostly played second base in the minors this year but has also played shortstop and even some corner outfield during Spring Training. He was hitting .351 when he was called up. Pastornicky hit .243 in 76 games with Atlanta last season.

"Tyler's an interesting guy," manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "He's an offensive guy. Maybe [we'll pinch-hit him to] lead off an inning like we did last year in September with him. He's been playing a lot of second base in Gwinnett. He's played a couple games at short. He played some outfield in Spring Training — hasn't played that in Triple-A just yet. So we'll use him."

Gonzalez's current plan is to use Reed Johnson and Jordan Schafer in right field, leaving Justin Upton in left field as opposed to moving him to his old position.

Heyward, meanwhile, is in "good spirits" after having his appendix removed Monday night.

"Everything went well," Gonzalez said. "Dr. [Joe] Chandler was here, our doctor, and he did a terrific job. The doctors from the Rockies helped out. They got him into the hospital, did all the checkups – it was the appendicitis thing – and they got him in and got him out in about 45 minutes."

The procedure was laparoscopic, meaning only three small incisions were made to extract the appendix before it burst, which would have been a much bigger deal. Heyward had been feeling ill since last weekend.

 

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Tags: Atlanta, Atlanta Braves, Jason Heyward, MLB, Tyler Pastornicky

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