To Braves, Pastornicky more than just a shortstop

To Braves, Pastornicky more than just a shortstop

To Braves, Pastornicky more than just a shortstop
ATLANTA -- When the Braves made the decision at the end of May to send shortstop Tyler Pastornicky to Triple-A Gwinnett and replace him with Andrelton Simmons, they told Pastornicky he would also take reps at second base and in the outfield.

Injuries to Simmons and backup shortstop Jack Wilson have forced Pastornicky to return to the Major Leagues, but his education as a utility player has continued. He has taken ground balls at second base and worked on playing the outfield.

Manager Fredi Gonzalez said that becoming more versatile can only be a good thing for Pastornicky.

"I think it's a valuable thing for him to be able to do," Gonzalez said. "We know he can play shortstop, and it gives us some options. If he stays up here long enough, you may see him play left field one game."