MIAMI — The Braves demoted struggling third baseman Joey Terdoslavich from Triple-A Gwinnett to Double-A Mississippi and traded for journeyman infielder Ruben Gotay, a former Brave who will handle at least some of the third-base duties at Gwinnett.
Terdoslavich, 23, made the jump directly from high-Class A Lynchburg to Triple-A to start the season and looked overmatched, batting .180 (35-for-194) with four doubles, four homers, 20 RBIs and 50 strikeouts in 53 games.
He had a .252 OBP and made 22 errors in 50 games at third base, after playing almost exclusively first base last season at Lynchburg.
The Braves wanted to give Terdoslavich a chance to show if he might be close to major-league ready after his breakout season in 2011, when he .286 with a Carolina League-record 52 doubles, 20 homers, 82 RBIs and an .867 OPS. He also had a strong showing in the Arizona Fall League.
Gotay came from the Blue Jays in a trade for cash considerations. The 29-year-old hit .346 with no homers, a .435 on-base percentage in 23 games for the Jays’ Triple-A Las Vegas affiliate. His 27 hits included 24 singles.
In parts of four major league seasons with Kansas City, the New York Mets and the Braves, Gotay hit .255 with 55 extra-base hits (12 homers) and 77 RBIs in 726 at-bats. He last played in the majors for the Braves in 2008.