Braves mulling options at shortstop

Braves mulling options at shortstop

Braves mulling options at shortstop
ATLANTA -- When the Braves placed shortstop Andrelton Simmons on the 15-day disabled list on Monday with a broken right pinky finger, they did not immediately call anyone up to take his roster spot. Manager Fredi Gonzalez said that the decision won't be made until after Triple-A Gwinnett's game on Thursday night.

"We've got a couple of options in Triple-A that we can call up," Gonzalez said. "We're going to keep weighing those options."

Tyler Pastornicky and Josh Wilson are both possibilities. Pastornicky was the Braves' Opening Day shortstop before being sent down at the end of May, making way for Simmons. Wilson has played parts of five seasons in the Major Leagues as a utility infielder, most recently for the Brewers and D-backs in 2011.

The Braves haven't set a timetable for Simmons' return. He will be in a cast for four weeks and will then be re-evaluated.

General manager Frank Wren is also looking outside the organization to fill the hole in the lineup.

"I think we're looking right now," Gonzalez said. "I spoke to Frank almost twice every day during the [All-Star] break. He's looking out there. He's looking around to see who's available."

More immediately, Gonzalez is leaning toward starting Jack Wilson on Friday, no matter who is called up.

"I told him Sunday in Philadelphia after the game, 'You rest up the next four days,'" Gonzalez said. "'I don't want you going out to Six Flags and all these places and getting worn out, because we're going to have to ride you for a while.'"

In 39 games this season, Wilson is hitting .174 with a .194 on-base percentage.