Constanza was needed after catcher-outfielder Evan Gattis was optioned to Gwinnett following Friday night’s 2-1 win over Miami. The Braves plan to recall Gattis after Gwinnett’s season ends on Monday and want him to see regular playing time for three games. Gattis is hitting only .139 (5 for 36) in August, dropping his overall average to .238. He has 15 homers and leads all rookies with 47 RBIs. Constanza has hit only .160 in 14 games with Atlanta this season.
PIRATES: Traded for longtime Minnesota Twins first baseman Justin Morneau on Saturday, hoping the four-time All Star can give the Pirates’ middling offense a needed jolt heading into the final month of the season. The Twins obtained outfielder Alex Presley and either a player to be named or cash after Pittsburgh made its second major move in five days. Pittsburgh sent a pair of minor leaguers to the New York Mets on Tuesday in exchange for outfielder Marlon Byrd and catcher John Buck.
“We’ve got more depth, we’ve got more options than we had four days ago,” Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle said. “We’re a better team. We’re a stronger team.”
TIGERS: Third baseman Miguel Cabrera missed Saturday’s game against Cleveland.
Cabrera has been bothered by a strained left abdominal wall for more than a month. The reigning AL MVP made an early exit from each of the Tigers’ last two games.
Cabrera leads the majors with a .359 average and 130 RBIs, and his 43 home runs put him four behind Baltimore’s Chris Davis.
He left Thursday’s win against Oakland in the fifth inning. He was back in the lineup Friday, but departed after two innings.