Pastornicky Out For Season With Surgery To Knee

Braves Call Up Phil Gosselin

Friday, August 16, 2013
Tyler Pastornicky
Tyler Pastornicky
- photo by Tim Evearitt

ATLANTA -- Tyler Pastornicky's opportunity to fill in as Atlanta's starting second baseman proved to be short-lived. Early Friday afternoon, the Braves announced that Pastornicky will undergo season-ending left knee surgery to repair the damage he sustained during a collision with Jason Heyward on Wednesday night.

An MRI exam performed on Thursday showed that Pastornicky tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. A timetable for recovery was not immediately provided.

The Braves filled Pastornicky's roster spot by purchasing second baseman Phil Gosselin's contract from Triple-A Gwinnett. Gosselin could simply provide depth while Paul Janish serves as the everyday second baseman in the absence of both Pastornicky and Dan Uggla.

When Uggla agreed it was time to undergo LASIK surgery and consequently begin a stint on the disabled list late Tuesday afternoon, the Braves promoted Pastornicky from Gwinnett with the expectation that he would serve as the starting second baseman in place of Uggla, who will not be eligible to be activated until Aug. 28.

With shortstop Andrelton Simmons and Janish manning the middle-infield spots, the Braves would have an incredibly gifted duo from a defensive standpoint. But Janish's limited offensive capabilities have led the club to actively search for an infielder who could be acquired via a waiver-wire deal.

Pastornicky sustained his injury while ranging back to catch a Jimmy Rollins popup during the third inning of a 6-3 win over the Phillies. As he stopped to catch the ball along the right-field foul line, Pastornicky was clipped by a hard-charging Heyward, then fell to the ground. Both players said they had called for the ball.

After remaining on the ground for a short time, Pastornicky remained in the game for the completion of the inning, but he did not return to the field when the top of the fourth began.

Gosselin has batted .277 with two home runs and 11 RBIs in the 47 games he has played since being promoted from Double-A Mississippi to Gwinnett earlier this season.

---- Source: MLB.com


PHOTOS: More CFC Action From Saturday's 3-0 National Semifinal Win

Booger And Michael Brooks And Jerry Coffman Win At Cleveland Speedway

Saturday night at Cleveland Speedway was "Kids Bike Nite" and after giving away over $500 worth of various age/gender bicycles (courtesy of Doss Motors and Walmart Super Centers) the evening's features got rolling to a Brooks Bros Racing squared up weekend.   Booger and Michael Brooks, both of Chattanooga, found their respective way to A-1 Towing Victory Lane. Booger in ... (click for more)

$40 Million Traffic Improvement Set To Connect Hamilton Place More Directly With I-75 And Ease Congestion On Shallowford Road

The city, state and CBL & Associates are cooperating on a $40 million plan to make the Hamilton Place section more accessible to Interstate 75. The upcoming project will provide a direct connection for southbound I-75 traffic with Hamilton Place Boulevard. The project will also provide a new connection for those on Hamilton Place Boulevard to enter I-75 northbound. ... (click for more)

Report Says Truck Driver Who Caused Wreck That Killed 6 People At Ooltewah Exceeded Allowable Driving Hours

A preliminary report from the National Transportation Safety Board on a June 25 wreck at the Ooltewah exit that killed six people says the driver of the truck that caused the multiple-vehicle wreck "had exceeded the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulation hours-of-service when the crash occurred." It says Benjamin Brewer began his return trip to London, Ky., from Florida at 4:30 ... (click for more)

How To Be #ChattanoogaStrong

Chattanooga is my home; I was born here 35 years ago. Without a doubt, this has been one of the most challenging times in our city's history. The #ChattanoogaStrong hashtag will remain for quite some time, but it means so much more than 18 characters on social media. It represents the sorrow and mourning, as well as the resilience and compassion, of our exceptional community.  ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: A Hero Is Coming Home

In late September, a very special funeral will be held in Bearden, Tenn., when 1 st Lt. Alexander “Sandy” Bonnyman Jr., will finally come home to lie in peace with his family. Sandy’s been dead for 72 years now, ever since he was killed in combat on the Tarawa Atoll in the Gilbert Islands on Nov. 22, 1943. He and a number of other Marine heroes were buried back then in a shallow ... (click for more)