Filling in for Simmons, Wilson dislocates finger

Filling in for Simmons, Wilson dislocates finger

Filling in for Simmons, Wilson dislocates finger
ATLANTA -- Jack Wilson has shown he has quite a career in insurance.

Not selling it, being it.

The 34-year-old Wilson was acquired from Seattle as insurance for Alex Gonzalez at last season's Trade Deadline and filled in admirably (a .977 fielding percentage, with one error in 43 chances at short) when Gonzalez suffered an array of injuries in September.

After re-signing with Atlanta in the offseason, the 12-year veteran was again asked to play a key role. This time, it was as the Braves began the second half without rookie shortstop Andrelton Simmons, who is recovering from a broken right pinky, suffered on a head-first slide into second base in the fourth inning of the final game before the All-Star break.

However, in Friday's 7-5 victory over the Mets, Wilson dislocated his right pinky finger as he tried to field a ball hit by Josh Thole in the fourth. Wilson immediately came out of the game and was listed as day to day. Martin Prado moved from left field to shortstop, with Eric Hinske coming off the bench to play left field.

"Worst-case scenario happened today with him dislocating his pinky finger," manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "But he's day to day and we got through it and Prado made a couple of nice plays at shortstop. ... We were able to walk it off and get a win with a minimal bench after the freak play on Jack in shallow center field.

"I think he's going to be OK. I'd be real surprised if it was a DL thing. Maybe a day or two and he's back at it again. Now we're going to have to make a couple of moves."