Wilson continues to have issues throwing

Wilson continues to have issues throwing

ATLANTA -- When veteran shortstop Jack Wilson went on the disabled list on July 15 with a dislocated middle joint on his right pinkie finger, it was thought that he might be ready to return when the 15 days were up.

But Wilson was limited to serving as the designated hitter in his first seven rehab games for Triple-A Gwinnett, and he is just now seeing action in the field. He played five innings on Thursday and six innings on Friday for the G-Braves at Durham.

"He's still not 100 percent comfortable," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "It bothers him to throw."

Wilson, filling in for rookie Andrelton Simmons, was hurt in the first game after the All-Star break, putting the Braves in a bind. But Paul Janish was acquired from Cincinnati to start at shortstop, and Tyler Pastornicky has served as an able backup since being recalled from the Minors.

Simmons, who has a broken right pinkie, may not be back until the beginning of September. But will there be a spot for Wilson with the Braves when his rehab assignment is over?

Gonzalez isn't looking that far ahead.

"By the time he's ready to go, something else will pop up," the manager said.

Wilson, 34, was hitting .169 in 40 games for the Braves, and had a .200 average after his first nine games with Gwinnett.