Overbay, Moylan in first wave of four Sept. call-ups

Veteran first baseman Lyle Overbay and reliever Peter Moylan are among four players the Braves are planning to call up Saturday when rosters expand. This will be the first wave of September call-ups, as the Braves plan to bring up another wave when the minor league season ends on Monday.

Knowing something could change overnight, the Braves did not announce the four but they are also expected to bring up catcher J.C. Boscan and outfielder Jose Constanza.

Moylan will return to the majors for the first time in a year, after undergoing shoulder surgery on Oct. 3. Moylan has undergone three major surgeries in the past five years, including elbow ligament transplant surgery in 2008. He missed most of last season after surgery for a bulging disc before returning in September. He made only six appearances before his shoulder flared up, and he was diagnosed with a torn labrum and rotator cuff.

Moylan tweeted on Friday night: “I can’t thank the @braves enough for yet another opportunity to compete at the highest level. So excited for tomorrow.”

Overbay was guaranteed a Sept. 1 call-up when he signed a minor league contract with the Braves on Aug. 20. He hit .273 (6-for-22) with three doubles and three RBIs in seven games for Triple-A Gwinnett. He’ll give manager Fredi Gonzalez another left-handed option off the Braves bench.

“He’s done well,” Braves general manager Frank Wren said. “We’ve had scouts there watching and he’s done exactly what he’s done in his career. He looks like the same guy. Good professional at-bats and hitting balls in gaps – all the things he normally does.”

Overbay, 35, is in his 12th season in the majors, having played for the Diamondbacks, Brewers, Blue Jays and Pirates. He was designated for assignment by Arizona on July 30 after the Diamondbacks traded for Houston’s Chris Johnson. He hit .292 (28-for-96) with two home runs and 10 RBIs in 45 games for Arizona.

Wren said the Braves would continue to explore options for a possible trade leading up to the midnight deadline Friday to add players to the organization and have them eligible for the postseason roster. He said it would be only a secondary piece, perhaps to shore up the bench, not something major.

“We’re at least checking in on things like everybody else, to see if there’s one last move you can make to improve your club and there may not be,” Wren said. “It may be all internal moves.”

40 comments Add your comment

Ralph

August 31st, 2012
7:32 pm

I don’t see the braves adding anything useful unless the bring up Gearrin and Varvaro, No mention of Maja or Gattis.

Daniel

August 31st, 2012
7:37 pm

According to the transactions page on the Braves website, Boscan was recalled today.

Carroll Rogers

August 31st, 2012
7:44 pm

Daniel I see that too. But I’m told by the Braves that move (Boscan coming up) wouldn’t come until rosters expand, which is tomorrow…..They would have to make a corresponding move if they did it today and haven’t been told of any such move.

SOS Braves

August 31st, 2012
7:50 pm

Well. As usual these goofs screw up 1st inning chance to score. Absolutely pitiful. Braves will probably get swept.

bruce

August 31st, 2012
7:51 pm

hoping Peter is one called up

SOS Braves

August 31st, 2012
7:52 pm

Ever notice how when these losers blow a chance to score in the first inning that the opponent immediately scores in the next inning. Every dam time. Geez.

lee

August 31st, 2012
8:30 pm

braves just traded for Jeff Baker from the Tigers for a player to be named later or for cash

lee

August 31st, 2012
8:30 pm

braves just traded for Jeff Baker from the Tigers for a player to be named later or for cash

SOS Braves

August 31st, 2012
8:38 pm

Once again the losers just blew a chance to score.

SOS Braves

August 31st, 2012
8:38 pm

Once again the losers just blew a chance to score.

Lil Wang

August 31st, 2012
8:39 pm

Baker plays 3b ?

Carl Childers

August 31st, 2012
9:06 pm

I like them french fried potatoes. Uh-huh!

joseph gamble

August 31st, 2012
9:19 pm

September??!! Everybody hold your breath.

Oh'man

August 31st, 2012
9:45 pm

Is it just me, or did Brandon Beachy get really skinny!! ??

Ryan

September 1st, 2012
12:37 am

Moylon you loser just another surgery waiting to happen you ugly ass.

Bill

September 1st, 2012
12:37 am

FACE IT NO TITLES UNTIL WE GET AN OWNER THAT ISN’T CHEAP AND GOES OUT AND SPENDS!!!!!!!!!

Brave Decisions

September 1st, 2012
2:19 am

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Del

September 1st, 2012
5:58 am

Chippers defense and his lack of a slide at home last night cost them the ballgame IMHO, He looks absolutely pitiful out there. Last night was a grim reminder of what the rest of the schedule might look like, Sure hope I’m wrong.

Bill Donohoo

September 1st, 2012
7:46 am

Looks like same song second verse

bobbymahlon

September 1st, 2012
8:01 am

Detriot didn’t want Baker so we get him, normal

bobbymahlon

September 1st, 2012
8:03 am

Overbay has always been a decent player but another left hand hitter. What about Gattis and Megia, both power right hand hitters.

alanfalcon

September 1st, 2012
8:37 am

Sure glad Aug. is behind us, now the only thing in front of us is the Sept. collapse.

kmarshall4

September 1st, 2012
8:53 am

mejia definately deserves a callup and all the negative fans go away 3 games up going into final month we are fine get over yourselves alot of teams would love to be in our place hurry back andy simmons

RBI

September 1st, 2012
9:28 am

never been impressed by Moylan

the truth...

September 1st, 2012
9:36 am

Let’s get something straight……….

It won’t matter who gets called up as long as Fredi keeps “running Danny out there…”

His dinger last night was just another tease to get Fredi worked up that “he’s coming around”….. “gonna keep running him out there….”…..”got to get him going…

But don’t think Fredi is alone…Big Frank is forever on Fredi’s shoulder telling him who to play….remember they’re paying ‘Danny” @13 mil and they are not going to sit him down any amount of serious time………..even if it costs us the season…….

Don Gurian

September 1st, 2012
9:38 am

Has it occured to anyone that perhaps Chipper CAN’T slide with his knees the way they are. Maybe he should be sitting more if he can’t run the bases effectively. He is slow as molasses.
I can’t believe I am saying this but it might be time to use Francisco more.
BTW, last night’s loss (for a change) was not Uggla’ fault, but we should still sit him and Mac and let healthy, and better players play.

bobbymahlon

September 1st, 2012
9:56 am

Don Gurian : I agree with you about Francisco but it does not look like he can do nothing but strike out against left hand pitchers. Another thing the announcers pointed out a few weeks ago was that Juan had made five errors in the little time he has played third. So maybe he will be a great pinch hitter against right hand pitching.

Winchester

September 1st, 2012
9:57 am

Here we go again with the same moves by the GM. Stocking Noah’s Ark with old retreads and hospital patients. Overbay is an average player and in the twilight of his career. He’s been traded four times in the last twelve years. Are we missing something that other clubs know? Moylan is a submarine thrower that makes him a liability medically and professionally. This type of ball player only takes up room, loses games, and never has been effective.

anti3baldheadedyankeesstinkinuptheairwaves

September 1st, 2012
10:11 am

Unless they can bring up Stan Musial,Craig Biggio, Gary Carter, Sandy Koufax, Steve Carlton and Goose Gossage it is over. The September swoon is not coming it is here. These bums are done.

Ugla Fan

September 1st, 2012
11:26 am

Keep the faith. Patienc, Patience, Patience…make them put the ball in the zone. The last pitch was a border line call… I should have told you it was coming.

Joel

September 1st, 2012
1:08 pm

Where did the Twitter feeds on the Braves AJC page go? Seriously, is no one else missing this?
@Carroll???

RoyU

September 1st, 2012
2:46 pm

Wren isn’t going to do anything major, so, what’s new? That might cost money!!! Why channge the Braves’ philosophy now!!!

Denny Lemaster

September 1st, 2012
3:58 pm

No amount of call ups are going to save this bunch from winning. They might get to the one game playoff of wild card teams, but they will find a perfect way to blow that. Just as they did last night to a totally sorry Phillies team.

Ray

September 1st, 2012
4:11 pm

I wish everyone would please stop yacking about cheap ownership blah blah blah. Its been proven time and time again, just because you go out and spend a ton of money and tie up long term contracts that you can’t unload in a couple of years will not give you a winning team much less a playoff contender. Look at the Marlins. Its a tired horse. Give me a team such as the Braves that do an overall good job in scouting. A little more flexibility in payroll yes would be helpful but its HOW you spend the money instead of how much.

74bravesjersey

September 1st, 2012
6:29 pm

Asked earlier about Gattis, & Mejia? Seems like they don’t want to call up any decent rh thumpers who could at least pose a threat at the plate. What could it hurt? What we got now besides Reed Johnson ain’t doin’ anything that could help the enimic bench put good wood on the ball. Man, this is frustrat’n & pathetic. Go ahead boys, lay down for em’ again, man this is weak, tired of this crap. You can’t make adjustments to the offspeed junk, can’t save the plate appearance because offspeed junk gets you off kiltered?

74bravesjersey

September 1st, 2012
7:11 pm

@Carl; Don’cha mean french-fried taters?

74bravesjersey

September 1st, 2012
7:15 pm

Isn’t Lyle Overbay a protege’ of Greg Norton? Might be Norton himself under a alias.

sam bakotich

September 3rd, 2012
1:28 pm

Braves are lucky to have Overbay, a consummate professional who gives reliable at-bats all the time. A real handy guy to have down the stretch.

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