09/04/11 7:16 PM ET
Braves call up speedy outfielder Richardson
By Chris Cox / MLB.com
"[He] told me to see him in his room ASAP," he recalled. "He told me Gwinnett had two games last night, so I had to get on a plane at six in the morning. He's like, 'You're going to get a taxi and you're going to have to drive over to the stadium in Atlanta.'"
Richardson was actually heading to the Braves, marking the first time the 27-year-old Vanderbilt University graduate has been with the big league club.
And it didn't take him long to make an impact. He pinch-hit for starter Randall Delgado in the fifth inning and came away with a bloop single off Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw for his first Major League hit.
"It got in on me a little bit, but I was able to bleed it over the second baseman's head," Richardson said. "I thought he had a chance [to catch it], but I had my fingers crossed as I was heading to first base."
Richardson hit .284 with 65 runs scored in 93 games between Mississippi and Gwinnett this season. Speed is his strength, and manager Fredi Gonzalez said the outfielder will mainly be used as a pinch-runner.
"It's exciting to get the opportunity to get to the highest level," said Richardson, who received congratulatory text messages earlier in the morning from former Vandy teammate and current Rays pitcher David Price.
The Braves have been here before with a 27-year-old Minor Leaguer whose primary strength is his quickness. That player -- Jose Constanza, now 28 -- is still making significant contributions for the Braves.
"Whenever you see a player similar to you, you always want to think you could succeed as well," Richardson said. "In Spring Training, a couple of my friends that were in big league camp were saying we were brothers. Hopefully, I get the opportunity to do the things he's done and play as well as he's done."
In order to make room on the 40-man roster for Richardson, the Braves transferred Nate McLouth to the 60-day disabled list. The center fielder is out after undergoing sports hernia surgery.
Braves activate Moylan from disabled list
ATLANTA -- It was pretty apparent how excited reliever Peter Moylan was about returning to the Braves Sunday morning.
"I don't know if you saw my first tweet this morning, but it was about 7:30," Moylan said. "I haven't woken up at 7:30 on my own in a long time. Take that for what you will. Maybe it's excitement, maybe it's nerves, I don't know."
The right-hander was activated from the 60-day disabled list on Sunday, and manager Fredi Gonzalez said the reliever was available for the Braves' finale with the Dodgers.
"We would rather not, but if all the sudden we get in one of those normal Atlanta Braves games -- 14 innings -- we could use him, because he's gone back to back," Gonzalez said.
Moylan, who has been out the last four months after undergoing back surgery on May 17, has spent the last two weeks on a rehab assignment with Triple-A Gwinnett. He threw six innings, allowing one unearned run on five hits with four walks and 10 strikeouts.
"It was a good opportunity to go down there and work on some things," Moylan said. "I hadn't thrown off the mound since April, so it was fun."
Moylan was quick to point out that he's not yet part of the Braves' already impressive trio of relievers in Eric O'Flaherty, Jonny Venters and Craig Kimbrel. After all, the righty hasn't been on the mound in a Braves uniform since April 14.
"I'm not part of that yet," he said. "Let's not jump the gun. Those guys have been outstanding all year. I've just got to come in there and try to fit in any way I can."
Gonzalez said he would like to work Moylan back slowly, but realizes it may not happen exactly the way he wants it to.
"You pick a nice spot for him, but you know how this game of baseball is," he said. "It'll be bases loaded in the 12th and you say, 'Go get 'em, Peter!'"
So, until then, Moylan will bide his time in the bullpen, almost like he's a rookie all over again.
"It'll probably be like when I first came up," Moylan said. "I'll sit out there, and whenever the phone rings I'll think it's going to be me. It's not, and I'll settle down a bit more and get ready for the next one."
Freeman gets day off to rest his quad
ATLANTA -- Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman received a day off in Sunday's finale with the Dodgers in order to rest his sore left quadriceps, as the versatile Martin Prado took over his spot on defense.
"The quad is the thing that worries me a little bit," manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "It's one of those things that, for him to get personally healed, it's going to be 30 days. But if we can manage it, give him a day off after a night game ... I think we'll get through it."
Prado -- normally the Braves' left fielder -- is no stranger to first base. He's played in 50 games, 32 starts, at the position in his career.
"In Florida, I remember him playing a whole series at first base," Gonzalez said. "I don't know whether it was last year or the year before. But he's played enough where you feel comfortable."
Prado's start at first was just one of several changes to the lineup. Newly acquired infielder Jack Wilson took over at third to give Chipper Jones a day off, while David Ross and Jose Constanza both returned to the lineup. Matt Diaz, who returned to Atlanta last week in a trade with the Pirates, hit third against Dodgers lefty Clayton Kershaw.
"None of those left-handers volunteered to get in there," Gonzalez said jokingly.
Right-hander Tommy Hanson will throw long toss on Monday. The starter, who has been battling right shoulder tendinitis, will throw from more than 90 feet in the session. He threw from 60 feet on Friday and Saturday.
Reliever George Sherrill says he feels confident he'll be fully recovered from his elbow inflammation by the time he comes off the disabled list on Sept. 11. The left-hander received a PRP shot on Wednesday and also had an MRI, but it didn't show anything out of the ordinary.
Chris Cox is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.