Pastornicky expected back in lineup Tuesday

Credit: Curtis Compton

Credit: Curtis Compton

Second baseman Tyler Pastornicky missed his second straight game with a sore left calf but expected to be ready to return to the Braves lineup Tuesday against the Brewers.

Pastornicky took batting practice, fielded groundballs and ran with his teammates Monday.

“I think I could have played today but just giving it another day and letting it get some more treatment and letting the soreness get down even a little more,” Pastornicky said.

He injured his calf leaping to catch a throw to second base from Evan Gattis. He was able to play the rest of the game but it tightened up afterward.

Ramiro Pena started at second base in his place Monday night against the Brewers. Pastornicky is getting a chance to play regularly at second base after the Braves sent the struggling Dan Uggla to the bench.