PHI@ATL: Gattis singles, extends hit streak to 16

ATLANTA -- As Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez prepared for Tuesday night's game against the Phillies, he constructed a lineup that did not include his club's hottest hitter -- Evan Gattis, who had been behind the plate for 39 of the 44 innings his team had totaled over the previous four days.

"We've ridden him pretty hard," said Gonzalez, who plans to have Gattis in the lineup at least three times during this weekend's four-game set against the Nationals.

Fortunately for the Braves, the grind has not had an adverse effect from an offensive standpoint. Gattis has batted .406 with seven home runs and a 1.246 OPS during his current 16-game hitting streak -- which stands as the longest recorded by a catcher in Braves history.

Though he would like to have Gattis' bat in his lineup on a daily basis, Gonzalez does not seem interested in placing Gattis in left field as long as his primary duties are restricted to the catcher's position.

The Braves have had preliminary discussions about moving Gattis to left field if the they were to promote catching prospect Christian Bethancourt to Atlanta. But unless this decision -- which would have many other rippling effects -- is made, it appears Gattis will only appear in Atlanta's lineup on those days when he is behind the plate.

Gonzalez does not want the 6-foot-4, 240-pound Gattis to place added strain on his legs during his "off-days." The Braves have come to believe Gattis is at his best behind the plate when he does not play more than three or four days in a row.

Carpenter goes to DL; Beato takes his spot in 'pen

PHI@ATL: Carpenter leaves the game with an injury

ATLANTA -- The Braves placed David Carpenter on the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday with a right biceps strain he suffered Monday night. Carpenter said there is no structural damage in his arm and that the injury is "100 percent muscular."

"I think it was just kind of from dead legs, just trying to overcompensate with throwing with the arm and upper body," Carpenter said. "It's not really something to get over-excited about, but at the same time, they want to be precautionary about it."

Atlanta recalled right-hander Pedro Beato from Triple-A Gwinnett in a corresponding move. Beato has made one Major League appearance this year.

Carpenter began experiencing discomfort in his right biceps as he pitched in his fifth game in six days during the Braves' 6-1 loss to the Phillies. He informed assistant trainer Jim Lovell of his condition before going out to pitch the next inning.

What followed was a dip in Carpenter's fastball velocity as he faced Domonic Brown to lead off the top of the 12th inning, leading to his early exit.

"The first couple of pitches are 90-91, and he's not a 90-91 guy," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "[Pitching coach Roger McDowell] said, 'Hey, that's not good.' So we went and got him."

Said Carpenter: "I looked up and I see 91 on the board, it's not going to look very good."

The right-hander has struggled in recent weeks, compiling an 11.81 ERA in his past 10 appearances dating back to May 29. However, Carpenter was adamant that his biceps issue first surfaced on Monday and had nothing to do with his recent woes.

"It literally was just a few bad results, a couple of balls falling in," Carpenter said. "It was nothing related to this. That's kind of a cop-out to say it was. That's not what it was. It just popped up last night and that's just one of the things I've got to deal with."

Meanwhile, Beato hopes to make the most of his second shot in the Atlanta bullpen. He has compiled a 3.49 ERA and five holds in 28 1/3 innings since he was optioned to Gwinnett to make room for Ervin Santana on April 9.

"I've worked on my splitter, making sure I'm able to throw it to both sides of the plate to righties and lefties," Beato said. "It's probably my biggest achievement thus far."

Beato likely has 15 days to make his mark in the Majors as Carpenter expects to return to action as soon as he is eligible to come off the disabled list.

Hale gets break after heavy workload

Hale has contributed to the Braves' early success

ATLANTA -- Braves long reliever David Hale will get a couple of days off after enduring a rough nine-day stretch. He entered Tuesday having appeared in five of Atlanta's past nine games, compiling a 12.27 ERA in 7 1/3 innings.

"We've put that young man in some situations that it's not a helpful situation," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "We're risking injuries, really. Guy's never done it and you can see it, too."

Hale has been the pitcher of record in each of Atlanta's past two losses, both of which have come in 13 innings. The right-hander gave up five-run innings to the Angels on June 14 and to the Phillies two days later, nearly doubling his season total.

"Just hang in there," Gonzalez said Monday night of what he would say to Hale after his second consecutive defeat. "Here's another guy that, I think he's pitched more than he's pitched ever. A situation a young kid has probably never been put through this stuff where he's pitched multiple innings, a day off and try to crank it up again."