Braves Recall Tyler Pastornicky To Fill In For Injured Jason Heyward

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The Braves recalled an extra infielder to fill in for the recovering Heyward.

What we do know is that the Atlanta Braves will be without Jason Heyward for the next two weeks as he recovers from his surgery. An appendectomy is scary business, even if they are rather routine.

In the interim, the Braves have recalled infielder Tyler Pastornicky from triple-A Gwinnett. The choice on who to recall was likely between Pastornicky and Jose Constanza. While Constanza had started off the season slow, he has picked it up in the past week, going 11 for his last 23. Meanwhile, the guy they did recall, Pastornicky, has been hitting steadily all season, compiling a .351 average.

Pastornicky will be able to serve as an additional utility infielder, as well as a bat off the bench with good speed on the bases. With Freddie Freeman also returning to the lineup, Evan Gattis could see some time in left field when he's not catching, with Justin Upton moving over to right field. That's not the case today though. Here is the lineup for what's sure to be a slick field at Coors:

  1. Andrelton Simmons, SS
  2. B.J. Upton, CF
  3. Justin Upton, LF
  4. Freddie Freeman, 1B
  5. Chris Johnson, 3B
  6. Evan Gattis, C
  7. Dan Uggla, 2B
  8. Reed Johnson, RF
  9. Mike Minor, P

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