The Atlanta Braves called up top contender Vaughn Grissom to the majors on Wednesday, in a series of moves including placing second baseman Orlando Arcia on the 10-day injured list because of a strained left hamstring.
21-year-old Grissom, an infielder, has hit .324 with .899 OPS on two tiers of the Braves’ minor league system and is currently at Double-A Mississippi, where he hit .363 in 22 games. He has 14 home runs and 67 RBIs in the minors this season.
Grissom has played shortstop, third base and second base in the minors and will likely play second base in the majors, with Arcia on the IL and Ozzie Albies still sidelined by a broken left foot.
This is the second time this season the Braves have called their top pick from Double-A to the majors. In May, the Braves recalled center fielder Michael Harris II from Mississippi. He’s hit .288s with 10 homers and 34 RBIs in the big leagues and played excellent defense in midfield.
Arcia suffered the injury while running to second base in the 10th inning of the Braves’ 9-7 11-inning win over the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday night.
In addition to placing Arcia in the IL, the Braves rehired right-handed assist Kirby Yates from his rehab assignment. Yates returns from Tommy John surgery for the second time. He had the last operation in March last year. He had a 1.08 ERA over 8⅓ innings, which he achieved in eight appearances during his rehab assignment.
The Braves also rehired and designated infielder Mike Ford from the IL for assignment and traded outfielder Adam Duvall to the 60-day IL. Also, right-hander Huascar Ynoa was called up for Triple-A Gwinnett after Tuesday night’s game.
The Braves (65-46) are second in the National League East rankings but hold the best wildcard spot in the NL.