NEW YORK -- After having a chance to assess their offensive woes this past weekend, the Braves decided it was time to alter their roster by adding three veteran Minor Leaguers who have previously spent some time at the big league level.The Braves made a flurry of moves on Monday
NEW YORK -- After having a chance to assess their offensive woes this past weekend, the Braves decided it was time to alter their roster by adding three veteran Minor Leaguers who have previously spent some time at the big league level.
The Braves made a flurry of moves on Monday as they selected the contracts of Reid Brignac, Matt Tuiasosopo and Chase d'Arnaud from Triple-A Gwinnett. Jace Peterson, who has opened the past two seasons as Atlanta's starting second baseman, was optioned to Gwinnett and outfielder Drew Stubbs was designated for assignment just one month after it was determined he was a better fit than the since-released Michael Bourn.
• Gonzalez talks Peterson's future, roster moves
Mike Foltynewicz, who served as the starting pitcher for Monday night's game against the Mets, was also recalled, and John Gant was optioned back to Gwinnett to fill the rotation spot previously held by Foltynewicz. The Braves ended up adding four players and subtracting three, as they had not filled the void created on Sunday, when Emilio Bonifacio's promotion was voided by a rule technicality after right-handed reliever Chris Withrow had already left Chicago to join Gwinnett.
"I don't think this is a desperation move," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "I think we gave [Peterson and Stubbs] opportunities to prove themselves, and now we need to get better offensively."
Gonzalez and some of his coaches discussed ways to improve the offense after Saturday's game was postponed and again after Sunday's victory. Two of the four runs the Braves tallied over 10 innings came with the assistance of Cubs' defensive mistakes.
"You feel like you needed to do something, and we've been in constant contact with [Gwinnett manager Brian Snitker]," Gonzalez said. "[Snitker] says d'Arnaud is playing well, can play all three outfield positions and is good in center field. He said Brignac is still swinging it, and Tuiasosopo will be a guy off the bench who can scare somebody and hit a ball out of the ballpark. So, you make those moves."
Brignac was immediately inserted into the lineup as the starting second baseman for Monday night's game against the Mets. The 30-year-old infielder hasn't lived up to the expectations that were set back when he was a top prospect in the Rays' system. But he hit .329 with a .822 OPS through 22 games with Gwinnett, giving the Braves reason to believe he is currently a better option than Peterson, who has hit .182 and with a .465 OPS in 50 plate appearances this season.
d'Arnaud batted .255 with a .672 OPS through 100 plate appearances with Gwinnett. The 29-year-old journeyman will essentially fill the backup outfield role that had been presented to Stubbs, who signed a Minor League contract with the Braves after being released by the Rangers during the final week of Spring Training. Stubbs produced a .625 OPS in 42 plate appearances with Atlanta.
Tuiasosopo was ecstatic to learn he was returning to the Majors for the first time since playing 81 games for the 2013 Tigers. The husky corner outfielder and first baseman hit .218 and tallied four homers over 102 plate appearances for Gwinnett.
"It's been two years since I've been [in the Majors]," Tuiasosopo said. "It's been a fight. My wife and I were talking about it last night, and we were in tears because we were so happy. I fought hard to get back up here, and I'm excited to be here to help the team."
Mark Bowman has covered the Braves for MLB.com since 2001.