According to Mark Bowman of Braves.com, the Braves have promoted Tommy La Stella to the majors. No corresponding move has been announced. We will continue to update as news comes in.
The #Braves have promoted Tommy La Stella to the Majors. A corresponding move has not been announced.— Mark Bowman (@mlbbowman) May 28, 2014
La Stella was hitting .293/.384/.359 at triple-A Gwinnett this year, hitting his first home run yesterday. La Stella is a commander of the strike zone and a line drive hitter. His defense leaves some to be desired, according to reports, but he is a solid on base guy who reminds many of a Matt Carpenter.
I don't think La Stella will be great, but I am confident he will be better than the 49 wRC+ the Braves have received from 2B this year. That number is second to last in all of baseball, as is their cumulative -0.5 WAR.
Update (2:00 pm): The Braves have announced that Tyler Pastornicky will be sent to AAA in a corresponding roster move. Tommy La Stella will wear #7 with the big league club.
The contract of INF Tommy La Stella (#7) has been purchased from Triple-A Gwinnett and INF Tyler Pastornicky has been optioned to Gwinnett.— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) May 28, 2014