Braves Tyler Pastornicky Will Have Season Ending Knee Surgery

Tough break for Pastornicky

Tough break for Pastornicky

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.

 

 

  • Lee

    Thanks Jason Heyward. That collision should never have happened. It was clear that Pastornicky had the catch made before Jason plowed into him. What makes it worse is that Tyler had a chance to play consecutives games, and prove he belongs in the big league.

    • rogerheld

      Lee, you really gonna blame Jason??? Reports indicate people heard him screaming in the stands and Freeman peeled off because he heard Jason yelling. He’s a gold glove RF and hitting about .450 the last 30 days. I’m very disappointed about Tyler’s injury and it sucks but you can’t pin any fault here. Seems like this is a never-ending string for the guys this year.

      • Lee

        I understand that Jason was yelling, but as the veteran player, he was able to see Tyler was not moving, and was positioned to take the ball. He could see Tyler, Tyler could not see him. He could have pulled up, rather than
        bulldoze his teammate. Just my take.

  • rogerheld

    Uggla seemed to improve after the first round of contacts. I hope this is a real solution and he at least returns to 2011 form. The potential is still there as 21 HR attests. Tyler was a good choice for fill-in and it’s nice for Gosslin to get a break. Maybe he surprises. I’d like to see him starting over Janish, though. Janish is a true gap filler with no future. I wish La Stella were coming up instead; he has a real chance of Wally Pipp’ing Uggla. It’d be nice to see him on Sept 1st, but Uggla will be back and they will give him a lot of chances to get back in form.