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Braves lose infielder Ramiro Pena for rest of season

Jun 27, 2013, 12:01 AM EDT

Ramiro Pena AP

The Braves were dealt at least a modest blow Wednesday with the news that Ramiro Pena, who has been on the DL since June 21 with a right shoulder impingement, will need season-ending surgery for a torn labrum.

It was a big surprise this winter when the Braves signed Pena to a major league contract as a minor league free agent; the 27-year-old hit just .233/.266/.288 in 313 at-bats over part of four season with the Yankees. However, he was an immediate success as a utilityman for in Atlanta, driving in six runs in his first three starts for the team. Overall, he was hitting .278/.330/.443 in 97 at-bats.

The loss of Pena means Tyler Pastornicky will get a chance to stick as a utilityman. Last year’s Opening Day shortstop, Pastornicky was supposed to spend this season playing regularly in Triple-A. He’s gone 4-for-14 in two stints with the Braves this year.

The Braves likely will be in the market for a veteran infielder next month, preferably someone with enough pop to spell Chris Johnson at third against some righties.

  1. scdocal - Jun 27, 2013 at 12:09 AM

    Sad to see Pena out for the year. He was an awesome bench guy and will be missed badly. Chris Johnson flat out can’t play defense. He is so slow that its hard to watch. Yeah he is batting .320 but if it weren’t for the first month he would be at .240. Another guy who strikes out on bad pitches. Would love to see braves get a utility infielder and battle Johnson for playing time.

    • jerze2387 - Jun 27, 2013 at 12:24 AM

      I hear ian Stewart is available..

    • bobulated - Jun 27, 2013 at 12:49 AM

      I would call Chris Johnson a statue with a glove duct taped to it but I enjoy looking at statues most of the time.

    • tuberippin - Jun 27, 2013 at 1:34 AM

      To be fair, Chris Johnson has hit .285 the past two months after hitting .369 in April.

  2. genericcommenter - Jun 27, 2013 at 12:44 AM

    I guess Yankee fans won’t have to sit around anymore wishing they had kept this guy, since he would have been the best infielder on the team this year.

    • jerze2387 - Jun 27, 2013 at 1:13 AM

      you mean better than David Adams and Jayson Nix? (although ill admit, as a sox fan, I thought he was good when he was here…seemed like he was always hitting a HR)

  3. Walk - Jun 27, 2013 at 4:00 AM

    Johnson is nowhere near the worst braves infielder. Uggla uzr Is -3.5 and uzr/150 is -8.6. Johnson is uzr .1 and uzr/150 is .3. I may not be reading the chart right so I will provide links first is uggla second is Johnson.
    http://www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=3442&position=2B
    http://www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=1191&position=3B

  4. 13arod - Jun 27, 2013 at 8:45 AM

    Braves really needed him back ever since he went on DL the braves have been losing

  5. sycophanticide - Jun 27, 2013 at 8:50 AM

    But isn’t prostitution illegal?

    • bravojawja - Jun 27, 2013 at 9:01 AM

      Not in Reno.

  6. knowlegeforyou - Jun 27, 2013 at 10:22 AM

    Yeah we just need a lefty utility man with pop to spell Johnson… Why didn’t we just keep Juan? The braves might as well trade for a switch hitting 3B, I hear the Padres are in the SP market

  7. scdocal - Jun 28, 2013 at 12:43 AM

    Uggla is worse. I meant in the league. I am a braves fan and don’t think we can make a serious run with either of them at their positions. Too many errors and too many unproductive outs

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