The Atlanta Braves have had a challenging home stand with Monday’s long rain delay and Tuesday’s grueling split doubleheader. But the most difficult part of the home stand is dealing with the injuries.
Dynamic rookie slugger Evan Gattis was placed on the 15-day disabled list after straining his right oblique in the seventh inning Monday night against the Mets and utility infielder Ramiro Pena has been out since hurting his right shoulder on Sunday.
Pena hurt his right shoulder when twice diving for balls in Sunday’s game against the Giants at Turner Field. He has not appeared in the first four games of the five game series against the Mets.
Pena’s shoulder has not responded to treatment, so he will undergo an MRI on his right shoulder today (Thursday).
Pena has been outstanding so far this season off the bench. He is hitting .278 on the season in 97 at bats, with 3 home runs and 12 RBI, with a .330 on-base-percentage and surprising .443 slugging percentage.
Tyler Pastornicky, who was recalled when Evan Gattis went on the DL with an oblique strain, will fill Pena’s utility role until Pena is able to play.