MLB Team Report - Atlanta Braves - INSIDE PITCH


ATLANTA -- Four players joined the Atlanta Braves on Monday, but the most significant addition won't come until Tuesday.

Catcher Christian Bethancourt, who got to avoid watching the Braves get no-hit, stayed with Triple-A Gwinnett for a final game while relievers Juan Jaime and Chasen Shreve joined the Braves along with outfielders Jose Constanza and Joey Terdoslavich.

Bethancourt started 13 games for Atlanta at midseason while Evan Gattis was on the disabled list and showed he was major-league ready.

Defense has always been the calling card for the native of Panama, but he also now swings a decent bat.

Bethancourt, who turns 23 on Tuesday, finished strong to hit .283 with eight homers and 48 RBIs in 92 games for Gwinnett.

After a short stint on the disabled list after being hit on the back of the left hand by a foul tip, the right-handed batter was 13-for-30 with a homer and five RBIs in seven games.

With Bethancourt ready for the majors, the Braves will face an interesting situation in the offseason. Gattis is sure to draw interest from other teams, especially those in the American League, where he would be an ideal designated hitter.

For now, Bethancourt is expected to share duties with Gattis and Gerald Laird in September.

The Braves bench will also benefit from the addition of Constanza, who has speed, and Terdoslavich, a switch-hitter with power.

Shreve gives the bullpen a third lefty and Jaime has a power arm. Both were up with the Braves earlier this year.

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MLB Team Report - Atlanta Braves - NOTES, QUOTES


RECORD: 72-66

STREAK: Lost one

NEXT: Phillies (RHP Kyle Kendrick, 7-11, 4.97 ERA) at Braves (LHP Mike Minor, 6-8, 4.70 ERA)

PLAYER NOTES:

--RF Jason Heyward had a career-high three stolen bases on Monday although the Braves were no-hit by the Phillies. He swiped second and third after a walk in the first inning, then stole second again in the third after another walk. Heyward finished 0-for-2 with a strikeout, dropping his average to 272.

--LHP Mike Minor, who faces the Phillies on Tuesday, has a 2.22 ERA in four outings since being skipped in the rotation during early August to get back on track. He replaced his inconsistent changeup with a more effective sinker and is 2-1 with four straight quality starts. Minor, 6-8 with a 4.70 ERA, is 0-2 with a 2.77 ERA against the Phillies this year and 2-4 with a 3.59 ERA for his career.