Terdoslavich receives his first call to the Majors
Joey Terdoslavich received a nice surprise late Wednesday night, when the Braves informed him he would be making the rise to the Major League level.
The Braves purchased Terdoslavich’s contract from Triple-A Gwinnett after placing Jordan Schafer on the disabled list with a right ankle contusion on Thursday morning.
Terdoslavich, who has never previously been called to the big leagues, is expected to be in uniform for Thursday night’s scheduled game against the Marlins at Turner Field.
Schafer has had limited mobility since fouling a pitch off his ankle last week on June 26 in Kansas City. The versatile outfielder has favored his right leg while running to first base during the two pinch hit plate appearances he has made the past two nights. Swelling around his Achilles has prevented him from being available to play the field.
Terdoslavich has the ability to play both corner outfield positions and his presence as a switch hitter strengthens Atlanta’s bench. The 24-year-old prospect has opened some eyes while hitting .318 with 18 home runs and a .926 OPS in 85 games with Triple-A Gwinnett.
The Braves have been working with a weakened bench since Evan Gattis was placed on the disabled list with an oblique strain on June 18. Terdoslavich could provide some of the power that has been absent while Gattis has continued to deal with this injury.
The Braves will need to create a spot on their 40-man roster for Terdoslavich.
Terdoslavich was one of the two Braves’ prospects selected to participate in this year’s Futures Game, which will be held at Citi Field on July 14. But he will obviously not compete if he is still at the Major League level when the game is played next weekend.