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.”