Pastornicky will undergo season-ending knee surgery

Tyler Pastornicky’s opportunity to fill in as Atlanta’s starting second baseman proved to be short-lived.  Early Friday afternoon, the Braves announced Pastornicky will undergo season-ending left knee surgery to repair the damage he suffered during a collision with Jason Heyward on Wednesday night.

An MRI exam performed on Thursday showed Pastornicky tore the left anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.   A timetable for recovery was not immediately provided.

The Braves have filled Pastornicky’s roster spot by purchasing Phil Gosselin’s contract from Triple-A Gwinnett.  Gosselin could simply provide depth while Paul Janish serves as the everyday second baseman in the absences of both Pastornicky and Dan Uggla.

When Dan Uggla agreed it was time to undergo LASIK surgery and consequently begin a disabled list stint late Tuesday afternoon, the Braves promoted Pastornicky from Gwinnett with the expectation he would serve as the starting second baseman in place of Uggla, who will not be eligible for activation until Aug. 28.

With shortstop Andrelton Simmons and Janish manning the middle infield spots, the Braves would have an incredibly gifted middle infield duo from a defensive standpoint.  But Janish’s limited offensive capabilities have led the club to actively search for an infielder who could be acquired via a waiver wire deal.

Pastornicky suffered his injury when he went back to catch Jimmy Rollins’s pop fly during the third inning of Wednesday’s win over the Phillies.  As he stopped to catch the ball along the right field foul line, he was clipped by a hard-charging Heyward and  the fell to the ground.  Both players said they had called for the ball.

After remaining on the ground for a short time, Pastornicky completed the inning.  But he did not return to the field when the fourth inning began.

Gosselin has batted .277 with two home runs and 11 RBI in the 47 games he has played since being promoted from Double-A Mississippi to Gwinnett earlier this year.

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