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MLB Injury News:
The Atlanta Braves now have six players out for the season. The latest is second baseman Tyler Pastornicky. MLB.com's Braves beat writer Mark Bowman reported Friday evening that Pastornicky will undergo surgery to repair the torn ACL in his left knee. The surgery will happen on Monday, August 19.
The Braves announced the surgery in a Friday afternoon tweet:
Braves INF Tyler Pastornicky will have season-ending surgery on Monday to repair a torn ACL in his left knee.
— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) August 16, 2013
Pastornicky collided with right fielder Jason Heyward on Wednesday night in attempt to catch a fly ball. He left the game and had an MRI on Thursday. The MRI showed the tear in the anterior cruciate ligament. Bowman reports that Dr. Marvin Royster will perform the surgery. Pastornicky will need approximately six months to recover and rehab, which means he should be ready in time for Spring Training 2014.
Pastornicky described his emotions about missing the rest of the season, especially while the Braves are a sure postseason team, but he holds hope for a Spring Training return. Said Pastornicky,
"It's tough. It's not easy. It's definitely frustrating. But I'll stick to the grindstone, have surgery, keep rehabbing and then come back and get them next year."
The Braves purchased the contract of infielder Philip Gosselin from Triple-A Gwinnett to fill Pastornicky's roster spot. Pastornicky was hitting .300 in limited play this year, and he was filling in for second baseman Dan Uggla, who is on the disabled list while recovering from LASIK surgery. Uggla is eligible to return on August 28. Paul Janish will now play second base until Uggla returns.
Pastornicky is the sixth Brave to go down for the remainder of the 2013 season, joining the likes of Tim Hudson, Cristhian Martinez, Eric O'Flaherty, Ramiro Pena, and Jonny Venters. Still, though, the Braves lead the National League East by 14.5 games and have recently won 14 straight games and 16 of their last 20 entering play on August 16. They also hold the top seed in the National League by 2.5 games over Pittsburgh.
No one wants to see a player's season end in injury, but the Braves have overcome their injuries as well as anyone could have asked.
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