Braves call up Jose Bautista – MLB.com

ATLANTA — Jose Bautista is set to prove he can play third base and further enrich an already dynamic lineup when he joins the Braves for Friday night’s series opener against the Giants at SunTrust Park.

Bautista’s arrival has been anticipated since he signed a Minor League deal with Atlanta on April 18. The 37-year-old veteran has spent the past couple of weeks making up for the normal preparations he was not able to make as he remained a free agent throughout Spring Training and the first couple weeks of the season.

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ATLANTA — Jose Bautista is set to prove he can play third base and further enrich an already dynamic lineup when he joins the Braves for Friday night’s series opener against the Giants at SunTrust Park.

Bautista’s arrival has been anticipated since he signed a Minor League deal with Atlanta on April 18. The 37-year-old veteran has spent the past couple of weeks making up for the normal preparations he was not able to make as he remained a free agent throughout Spring Training and the first couple weeks of the season.

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The Braves announced Bautista’s addition to the active roster, optioning outfielder Preston Tucker to Triple-A Gwinnett in the process. The six-time All-Star and two-time Hank Aaron Award nominee was in Friday’s starting lineup.

Bautista hit .256 and produced a .768 OPS over the 12 games he combined to play for Gwinnett and Class A Advanced Florida. He went 5-for-16 with a double and a homer in his final four games for Gwinnett. Bautista was not in the lineup for Thursday night’s game.

With his arrival, Bautista will be Atlanta’s primary third baseman. He spent most of the past decade as an outfielder for the Blue Jays.

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