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The Braves were forced to use Martin Prado at shortstop last night

Jul 14, 2012, 11:43 AM EDT

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The Braves recently lost Andrelton Simmons due to a fractured right pinkie finger, so they opened the second half of the season with Jack Wilson as the only healthy shortstop on their roster. And wouldn’t you know it, Wilson ended up getting hurt last night against the Mets.

Wilson was forced to leave the game after suffering a dislocation of the middle joint of his right pinkie finger in the fourth inning while chasing after a ball which deflected off Tim Hudson‘s glove. This forced Martin Prado to play shortstop for the first time since 2008. To his credit, Prado actually made a couple of difficult plays, including a nifty backhanded flip to second base on his first chance to end a scoring threat in the fourth.

X-rays came back negative on Wilson’s finger and he’s currently listed as day-to-day, but it’s clear the Braves need to get some shortstop help. Tyler Pastornicky is not considered an option after struggling in his first taste of the big leagues, so the Braves are expected to go outside the organization. Even before the injury to Wilson last night, Braves general manager Frank Wren told David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he is working on a deal.

UPDATE: Mark Bowman of reports that Pastornicky has been called up from Triple-A Gwinnett. The Braves were giving Pastornicky playing time at second base in recent weeks and plan to turn him into a utility player, but he’ll function as a stopgap option at shortstop for now. Even with Pastornicky up from the minors, Prado is making the start today.

  1. psr179 - Jul 14, 2012 at 12:24 PM

    hes going to be starting at SS today too even with pastornicky called up.

    • D.J. Short - Jul 14, 2012 at 12:26 PM


  2. advantageschneider - Jul 14, 2012 at 12:27 PM

    The Braves were working on a trade for a SS before the all star break? I thought Simmons was working out very well for them.

    • mississippimusicman - Jul 14, 2012 at 12:31 PM

      They started working on a SS trade when Simmons was injured, basically as a backup/stopgap while Simmons is on the DL. Jack Wilson was not seen as an option for regular starts for as long as Simmons is going to be out, and now that he’s hurt too, it’s even more urgent.

      • psr179 - Jul 14, 2012 at 12:36 PM

        With Simmons missing 6 weeks, 1 of which beig AllStar break, that would leave them with 5 weeks of Pastornicky or Wilson. I’d like to see them put Prado at SS and get Diaz’s bat in at LF.

  3. randygnyc - Jul 14, 2012 at 12:35 PM

    Nunez for kimbrel, lol

    • bravojawja - Jul 14, 2012 at 9:56 PM

      Durbin for A-Rod, a PTBNL, and the cash to pay off his contract.

  4. dollabill - Jul 14, 2012 at 1:21 PM

    Prado is amazing. Put him anywhere and he performs

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