Braves Option Out Pastornicky, Recall Loe

Could the Braves be showcasing Pastornicky for trade?

Could the Braves be showcasing Pastornicky for trade?

The Atlanta Braves called up right-handed relief pitcher Kameron Loe from Triple-A Gwinnett and optioned out utility infielder Tyler Pastornicky.

The 6’8″ 245 pound Loe will add depth and experience to one of the best bullpens in baseball.  Loe had a 4-2 record and 3.19 ERA at Gwinnett.  Loe pitched 42.1 innings and gave up 40 hits while striking out 24 and walking only 8.

Loe also could be used as a starter,  with Maholm questionable after leaving Saturday’s game with a wrist injury.  Loe started 4 games at Gwinnett and has made 47 starts in his 9-year major league career.

The former Cal State Northridge product pitched in the majors earlier in the season with the Seattle Mariners and Chicago Cubs.  His ERA at Seattle was 10.80 in 6.2 innings and he registered a 5.40 ERA with the Cubs in 8.1 innings.  The Braves signed Loe to a minor league deal after he was released by the Cubs.

Prior to this season Loe spent three productive season with the Brewers.  He posted a 3.67 ERA, 7.3 K/9 and 3.18 BB/9 in 195 relief appearances.

Pastornicky has been effective this season when called on by the Braves.  He has hit .292 in 24 at bats with a .32o on base percentage.  At this stage in his career it is probably better for Pastornicky’s development to have him playing everyday at Gwinnett, rather than having him in spot duty in Atlanta.

Or are do the Braves want to showcase Pastornicky for a possible trade?  Granted, it would be better to showcase Pastornicky at the major league level, but there’s no playing time available for him now in Atlanta.