ATLANTA -- After enjoying a productive Grapefruit League season, Joey Terdoslavich exited Spring Training with the hope that the Braves would at least add him to their expanded roster when September arrived. His arrival in Atlanta came earlier than expected.
But while spending the past two months at the Major League level, Terdoslavich has not gained any sense of accomplishment or complacency. He is still fueled by the determination that he displayed when he spent last winter attempting to learn how to play the outfield while working out with his former high school's team.
"When the season started, I was hoping to get here by September, maybe earlier if something happened," Terdoslavich said. "It worked out that I got here earlier than I thought. I'm getting more of a comfort level up here. But I'm not comfortable. You never want to be comfortable. But things have been going really well."
Since getting his first call to the Majors on July 4, Terdoslavich has verified he has the potential to be a reliable switch-hitter at the big league level. He has batted .324 (12-for-37) with a .824 OPS in the 12 games that he has been in Atlanta's starting lineup. But Terdoslavich understands that to find a lasting spot at the big league level, he will have to continue proving he is capable of being an asset on the defensive end.
Terdoslavich's days as a third baseman essentially ended when he made 22 errors while playing 50 games at the position for Triple-A Gwinnett at the start of the 2012 season. When this influenced his demotion to Double-A Mississippi, he primarily played first base.
With Freddie Freeman entrenched as Atlanta's first baseman, Terdoslavich recognized the significance of proving himself as an outfielder while spending this season's first half with Gwinnett. While he still has plenty of room for improvement, he has proven reliable enough that he has started nine games as an outfielder -- seven in left field and two in right field -- since coming to Atlanta.
"I don't want to be a guy that goes out to the outfield and is considered to be just serviceable," Terdoslavich said. "I want to be known as a good outfielder, or good at any position. I want to be a guy that plays both sides of the ball. So I'm going to continue to work at it and I'm going to do the same thing this offseason. Some guys say they want to be good enough. I want to be the best that I can be out there."
Braves add Loe, who will give Teheran break
ATLANTA -- Verifying that it would not be easy to predict each of the players they will add to their expanded roster over the next few days, the Braves provided some surprise when they purchased right-handed pitcher Kameron Loe's contract from Triple-A Gwinnett on Monday.
The reasoning for this decision became a little clearer late Monday afternoon, when Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez announced Loe will start in Julio Teheran's place during Wednesday's series finale against the Mets. This allows the club to stick with its plan to give Teheran some extra rest during the final month of his first full Major League season.
In an effort to give him a breather leading up to the postseason, the Braves will keep Teheran out of their rotation until he starts against the Marlins on Sept. 10. The 22-year-old right-hander has compiled 161 1/3 innings in 26 starts. He totaled a professional-high 164 1/3 innings while pitching for Atlanta and Gwinnett in 2011.
Gonzalez said Freddy Garcia would have likely started in Teheran's place. But that option was erased when Garcia was forced to pitch 4 2/3 innings after Alex Wood exited Sunday's loss to the Marlins in the third inning.
"They told me to be ready for the bullpen or to spot start," Loe said. "I'm excited that I'm getting this opportunity."
Along with having the ability to start, Loe will add some depth to a bullpen that has been without right-handed setup man Jordan Walden since he strained his groin while running in St. Louis on Aug. 24. Walden could be unavailable for at least one more week. He felt more discomfort when he tested his sore groin during a brief bullpen session on Monday morning.
Loe has played with three Major League teams this season and joined the Braves organization in mid-May after pitching for the Mariners and Cubs in the opening month. Loe made only two appearances in his brief first stint with the Braves in late July, working a scoreless eighth inning on July 23 and getting saddled with a loss two days later after he gave up three earned runs in 1 2/3 innings.
After he was outrighted to Gwinnett on July 29 to clear room for the addition of Scott Downs to the Atlanta bullpen, Loe found a measure of success in his return to a starting role, allowing one earned run or less in four of his last five starts in Triple-A.
"I ended up talking my way into the starting rotation down there," Loe said. "I wanted to do that so I could work on my changeup, my cutter, a couple other things that I felt like I needed to do, and it gave me a chance to get a lot of repetitions, which is good."
To create a spot for Loe on the 40-man roster, the Braves transferred Tim Hudson to the 60-day disabled list.
Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. Eric Single is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.