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BRAVES NOTEBOOK: Terdoslavich brings versatility to Atlanta

Joey Terdoslavich got his first career hit with a two-out, pinch-hit single in the ninth inning against the Phillies on Friday.

Joey Terdoslavich got his first career hit with a two-out, pinch-hit single in the ninth inning against the Phillies on Friday.

ATLANTA — Outfielder Joey Terdoslavich couldn’t wait to share news of his promotion to the big leagues with his father.

“I called him up and messed with him a little,” Terdoslavich said.

Terdoslavich phones his father and said he had tripped and hurt himself going down the stairs. His father asked if he would still be able to go to the All-Star Futures Game.

“No, I can’t go,” Terdoslavich said. “Because I’m going to the big leagues.”

The father and son then shared a few minutes on the phone.

“It was special,” Terdoslavich said. “He was really excited.”

Tedoslavich got his first promotion to the major leagues on the Fourth of July when the Braves placed Jordan Schafer on the 15-day disabled list with a bruised right ankle. Atlanta officially purchased Terdoslavich’s contract and made a spot on the 40-man roster by transferring Jonny Venters from the 15-day DL to the 60-day DL.

He made his debut as a pinch hitter Thursday and struck out against A.J. Ramos. On Friday, he got his first career hit with a two-out, pinch-hit single in the ninth inning against the Phillies.

Terdoslavich, 24, has been enjoying a tremendous season for Triple-A Gwinnett. The switch-hitter was hitting .318 with 18 homers, 24 doubles and 58 RBI in 85 games for the G-Braves. He had already been chosen to play in the All-Star Futures Game and the Triple-A All-Star Game.

Terdoslavich can play the corner outfield positions, as well as the corner infield positions.

In 2011, Terdoslavich broke a 65-year-old Southern League record for doubles (52) when playing for Class A Lynchburg. Last year he split time between Gwinnett and Double-A Mississippi.

Terdoslavich was the team’s sixth-round draft choice in 2010, drafted out of Long Beach State. He is the nephew of former major leaguer Mike Greenwell.

BRAVES SWAP PITCHERS: The Braves optioned reliever Cory Gearrin to Triple-A Gwinnett after Thursday’s game against the Marlins and activated right-hander Luis Ayala from the disabled list.

Gearrin was 2-1 with a 3.77 ERA in 37 games on the season but had appeared to lose favor in recent weeks. He pitched only once in nearly two weeks, giving up two runs in the eighth inning of a 6-3 loss to the Marlins Wednesday night. His previous outing came June 23 in Milwaukee when he walked the only two batters he faced.

Since June 6, Gearrin has given up eight earned runs in six innings over seven outings, allowing eight walks (with six strikeouts) and a .360 opponents’ batting average.

Ayala will rejoin the Braves for the first time since late April when he placed on the disabled list with anxiety disorder, stemming from problems with high blood pressure. He has been on a minor league rehabilitation assignment in Triple-A Gwinnett. Ayala gave up six earned runs in 8 1/3 innings over eight appearances for Gwinnett but five of those runs came in one outing, Sunday against Norfolk. He pitched a scoreless inning on Wednesday.

Ayala was 0-1 with a 3.86 ERA in five games for the Braves in April.