8/11/2014 11:36 P.M. ET
Hamstring cramp should not sideline La Stella
Barring setback, Braves second baseman expects to be in Tuesday's lineup
By Mark Bowman / MLB.com
ATLANTA -- Braves second baseman Tommy La Stella exited Monday's 6-2 loss against the Dodgers due to a cramp in his upper right hamstring. He's expected to be back in the lineup on Tuesday.
"Unless I wake up with unexpected soreness or anything like that, I should be good to go for tomorrow," La Stella said.
La Stella reached for the upper rear portion of his right leg as he turned to his left to chase Dodgers outfielder Carl Crawford's single in the second inning as it raced toward right field. After being examined by the Braves' trainers, the rookie second baseman jogged in the outfield grass and then started walking toward the dugout without any assistance.
Manager Fredi Gonzalez said he might have been overly cautious with his decision to remove La Stella.
"I think it was my fault more than anything, more precautionary," Gonzalez said. "He kind of pulls up there a little bit. We asked him to run a little bit and he kind of pulled up. I didn't want to take any chances. If it's something minor, I want to keep it minor."
With La Stella sidelined, Emilio Bonifacio moved from shortstop to second base and Ramiro Pena entered to fill the shortstop role.
The Braves are hoping starting shortstop Andrelton Simmons will return to action on Tuesday. Simmons has missed five straight games since turning his left ankle last week in Seattle.
Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.