The hits just keep on coming for the Atlanta Braves. Two days after disabling their starting center fielder Jordan Schafer, the Braves will place his replacement, Nate McLouth, on the disabled list with an abdominal strain. In his place the team has called up Jose Constanza from triple-A Gwinnett.
Constanza was one of the top hitters (for average, at least) in Gwinnett, sporting a .312 batting average and a .361 on-base percentage. He has also been successful in 23 of his 31 steal attempts. As a left-handed batter he has been equally successful against lefties (.300) as he has against righties (.318). He will make his Major League debut in the leadoff spot for the Braves tonight.
It's unknown how long the Braves will have to stick with Constanza in center, as the team has remained quiet on the trade front. We'll see if this injury increases the team's urgency to make a move or willingness to trade one of the "Four Horsemen" to acquire an impact hitter.
Diory Hernandez was designated for assignment to make room for Constanza. Diory was hitting just .200 at Gwinnett, and had been mired in an even deeper slump. Matt Young, the other outfield option on the 40-man roster the Braves could have gone with (or designated for assignment), is hitting just .143 in July at Gwinnett.
The Braves depth is starting to get thin again because of all these injuries.