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Atlanta Braves put Pablo Sandoval on restricted list

Jun 11, 2021; Miami, Florida, USA; Atlanta Braves third baseman Pablo Sandoval (48) singles in the 9th inning against the Miami Marlins at loanDepot park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

The Atlanta Braves put Pablo Sandoval on the restricted list Tuesday as the reserve infielder deals with a personal matter.

The Braves recalled right-handed pitcher Jacob Webb in a corresponding move.

Braves manager Brian Snitker told reporters the move to place Sandoval on the restricted list seems negative but that it’s not. Generally players are placed on the restricted list if they’ve left the team without a valid reason.

Sandoval is hitting .203 with four home runs in 64 at-bats. He has just one hit in his last 27 plate appearances. He’s appeared in 59 games, 51 of those as a pinch-hitter. He’s appeared twice at first base, once at third and six times as a designated hitter. He’s made just six starts.

The 34-year-old is a career .278 hitter with 153 home runs. The two-time All-Star is in his first full season in Atlanta after signing a minor league deal with the club last September. Sandoval was released by the San Francisco a few days earlier.

Webb, 27, is 1-2 with a 5.29 ERA in 17 relief appearances this season. He’s struck out 17 in 17.0 innings.

–Field Level Media