Braves’ center fielder Mark Kotsay was placed on the 15-day DL today after tightness in his lower back prohibited him from even taking batting practice Thursday before the game against the Brewers. Speedster Josh Anderson was recalled from AAA Richmond and will be in Cincinnati on Friday night for the start of a three-game series against the Reds.
Kotsay, who missed his last four starts, had back surgery in March of last year. He came to the Braves in a trade for prospect Joey Devine. Kotsay is not the first Braves outfielder to go on the DL – Matt Diaz is expected to miss about six weeks with a partially torn PCL that will not require surgery. While Diaz and Kotsay are on the DL, Josh Anderson is expected to share time in center field and left field with Gregor Blanco.
Anderson was acquired from the Astros in a trade last year in November for reliever Oscar Villareal. He impressed in spring training and was beat out for the fourth outfield spot by Blanco.
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