Braves utility infielder Alberto Callaspo scratched amid possible trade

Atlanta Braves utility infielder Alberto Callaspo was scratched before Monday's 6-3 loss because he could be part of a potential trade, manager Fredi Gonzalez said.

Gonzalez said he got a phone call from the Braves' front office just before batting practice ended.

"We didn't want him to get hurt," Gonzalez said, according to MLB.com. "So, that was the reason he got taken out of the lineup."

Callaspo, a nine-year MLB veteran from Venezuela, is hitting .206 in 107 at-bats with one homer and eight RBIs in his first season with the Braves.