With the calendar flipping to September, Major League teams are able to expand their rosters and carry as many as 40 players. The Braves have called up four players who they believe will add depth and help the club down the stretch towards the Postseason. So, without further ado, let’s meet the first wave of Braves call ups…
Lyle Overbay – The 35 year old first baseman was released by the Diamondbacks in early August, despite hitting .292 in 45 games this season. Overbay didn’t fit into Arizona’s long term plans so he was designated for assignment. A few teams showed interest in Overbay, but it was the opportunity to play in the postseason that intrigued him the most. “This was probably my best situation, my best opportunity to get to the playoffs so it made my decision easier” Overbay said on Saturday. A veteran left-handed bat will give Fredi Gonzalez options other than Juan Francisco or Eric Hinske. Overbay can also spell Freddie Freeman if he needs a day off down the stretch.
Jose Constanza – Talk about a birthday present for the now 29 year old outfielder, who’s made a few trips to the Majors throughout the course of the 2012 campaign. Constanza is best known for his speed and can provide the Braves not only a pinch-runner option, but a guy who can cover a ton of ground in the outfield. It seems as though each time he’s been given an opportunity, Constanza seems to provide a spark of energy. The Braves hope that energy will translate into a successful September, and propel this team into the Postseason.
J.C. Boscan – Braves fans may recall seeing Boscan when he was called up in late May after David Ross tweaked his groin. Boscan spent the majority of the season with Gwinnett, hitting .189 with 3 HR and 23 RBI. While the Braves don’t expect Boscan to see much, if any time behind the plate, he gives Fredi Gonazalez the ability to now use David Ross as a pinch hitter against lefties, without having to go without a back-up catcher.
Peter Moylan – After a long year of rehab and hard work, the Aussie reliever is back in the Majors in the Braves bullpen. Moylan hasn’t pitched in the Majors in nearly a full calendar year after undergoing surgery for a torn rotator cuff and labrum. The surgery was the third major surgery in five years for Moylan, who spent most of the 2012 season in Orlando with Extended Spring. He then advanced through the Minors and stepped in to the Braves Clubhouse at Turner Field on Saturday morning with a smile from ear-to-ear. “Just to get called in the office again and get told I’m going up was an amazing feeling” Moylan told me as we stood at his locker a few hours before Saturday’s game.
Another newcomer to the Braves roster is recently DFA’d utility guy Jeff Baker, who split time this season between the Cubs and Tigers. The 31 year old has spent time at second, third, and first base along with appearances at the corner outfield positions. Baker is a lifetime .298 hitter against left-handed pitching, and gives Fredi Gonzalez a little more flexibility off the bench.
For the latest on the Braves, follow Braves Radio Network Reporter Kevin McAlpin on Twitter (@KevinMcAlpin)
Return to: Atlanta Braves Radio Network Blog