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Atlanta Braves Place Evan Gattis on DL, Call-up Tyler Pastornicky

June 18th, 2013 at 10:27 AM
By Zach Powell

The Atlanta Braves have placed catcher Evan Gattis on the 15-day disabled list with a strained oblique, and called-up utility infielder Tyler Pastornicky from Triple-A Gwinnett to take his place.

Gattis, who started game one of the Braves' five-game series against the New York Mets, was set to be replaced by Brian McCann in the ninth inning until Freddie Freeman hit a walk-off homerun to clinch the victory for Atlanta. Gattis currently holds a .252 average, with 14 HR's and 27 RBI's.  While Gattis' role as an every day player has slowly diminished over the past few weeks, his production as a pinch-hitter hasn't suffered.  He's been on a torrid streak off the bench and his bat will be sorely missed over the next few weeks.

Pastornicky returns to the big league club after appearing in six games earlier in the season.  He's hitting .309 for Gwinnett and will likely serve in a super-utility role with the Braves until Gattis is ready to return.

Tags: Atlanta, Atlanta Braves, Baseball, Evan Gattis, MLB, Tyler Pastornicky

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