CHICAGO -- Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez has utilized Jack Wilson as a late-inning defensive replacement for rookie shortstop Tyler Pastornicky much of this season. Now it appears Wilson will also have a regular role as Tim Hudson's "personal shortstop."
With Hudson on the mound for Wednesday afternoon's series finale against the Cubs, Wilson made just his second start at shortstop since April 23. Without coincidence, his other start during this span came with Hudson on the mound.
Because Hudson induces ground balls more frequently than any other member of the starting rotation, Wilson stands as the better option than Pastornicky, who provides more value with his bat than his glove.
"It's nice knowing that every time Timmy pitches I might be out there," Wilson said. "It's like a schedule. I'm on schedule. It's nice."
Wilson has served as valuable mentor to Pastornicky as the young shortstop has acclimated himself to the Major League scene this year.
"He obviously knows what's going on," Wilson said. "As a backup infielder, you're going to get some starts. This gives him a chance to kind of sit back. As a rookie, it's nice to be able to watch other big league players from the other team and your team. He's a good study. He pays attention and learns a lot."