Braves activate 1B Casey Kotchman off DL

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CINCINNATI (AP) - The Atlanta Braves activated first baseman
Casey Kotchman off the 15-day disabled list before the start of
their series against the Cincinnati Reds.

First baseman Barbaro Canizares was optioned to Triple-A
Gwinnett to open a spot on Tuesday. He was called up on June 11 and
went 2 for 11 in four games.

Kotchman went on the disabled list on June 7 after straining his
right calf. He played two games at Gwinnett on a rehabilitation
assignment, going 0 for 3.

Kotchman was in the starting lineup Tuesday night against the
Reds, batting .288 with a team-high 14 doubles despite missing two
weeks because of the injury.