Kotchman has spent the past week at a St. Petersburg Hospital with his ailing mother, who remains in the Intensive Care Unit, battling an unspecified medical problem.
When the Braves placed Kotchman on the bereavement list on Aug. 20, they were able to keep him on that list for seven days. Because teams no longer have the option of asking for an additional seven days on the bereavement list, they were forced to place the 25-year-old first baseman on the restricted list.
Braves general manager Frank Wren said that Kotchman could be activated from the restricted list at any time.
Kotchman, who was acquired via a June 29 trade that sent Mark Teixeira to the Angels, has batted .157 with three extra-base hits in 70 at-bats with the Braves. He will not be paid while he is on the restricted list.
Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.