Veteran Wilson gives Braves infield depth

Veteran Wilson gives Braves infield depth

Veteran Wilson gives Braves infield depth
ATLANTA -- Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez knew exactly what he was getting when the club acquired versatile middle infielder Jack Wilson from the Mariners late Wednesday night.

"Defensively, he's really, really good," Gonzalez said. "You can do some stuff with him offensively, bunt, hit and run.

"He's just one of those baseball players. He just comes out and beats you. I'm looking forward to having him on the club for the rest of the way."

The trade that brought Wilson to Atlanta for a player to be named later provides the Braves some much-needed infield depth. Wilson can spell Alex Gonzalez at shortstop, or give Dan Uggla a breather at second base.

He spent nine seasons in Pittsburgh before going to the Mariners in 2009. The 2004 All-Star is best known for his glove, compiling a career .978 fielding percentage in 11 seasons.

"I've always admired him across the way, when he played for the Pirates," Gonzalez said. "This guy makes some plays."

Playing for the Pirates and Mariners, Wilson hasn't had much of a chance to be part of a winning club in September. The Braves are likely bound for the postseason as they carried an 8 1/2-game lead over the Cardinals in the Wild Card race heading into Thursday night.

"It hasn't really hit me yet, but walking in here and seeing my jersey and some of the guys, it's pretty exciting," Wilson said.

Wilson, who arrived at Turner Field around 5:45 p.m. ET Thursday, is currently on the 15-day disabled list with a bruised left heel, but he is expected to come off on Friday.

"I went out there yesterday and went through a full routine," he said. "It was good and refreshing knowing that I can come off on that first day."

Added Gonzalez: "Our scout in Seattle saw him work out. ... He said he's good to go. He said he saw him catch around a 100 ground balls."

To make room for Wilson, the Braves removed left-hander Dustin Richardson from the 40-man roster and outrighted him to Triple-A Gwinnett.