The Atlanta Braves have announced that utility infielder Tyler Pastornicky will have season-ending knee surgery on Monday, August 19. Pastornicky hurt his knee Wednesday night when he collided with Braves right fielder Jason Heyward while chasing a pop fly.
Pastornickyk suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.
The Braves have purchased the contract of infielder Phil Gosselin from their Triple-A affiliate in Gwinnett to take Pastornicky’s place. Gosselin will be in uniform for Friday night’s game against the Washington Nationals and wear number 59.
Gosselin has a career .259 minor league batting average. He was originally drafted by the Braves in the fifth round of the 2010 draft out of the University of Virginia. He has 14 homers and 167 RBIs in 4 minor league seasons.
Gosselin started the season in Double-A Mississippi and was promoted to Gwinnett on June 23.