Pastornicky adjusting to less playing time

Pastornicky adjusting to less playing time

ATLANTA -- Tyler Pastornicky has played only occasionally since his recall from Triple-A Gwinnett on July 14, but he has done well in his rare appearances.

Pastornicky, who started the season as the Braves' regular shortstop, was 3-for-6 with two walks and delivered a pinch-hit home run against the Marlins on Tuesday to pad a 7-1 victory.

"Pinch-hitting is definitely not easy," the rookie said. "But I've been trying to learn from [Eric Hinske] and follow his routine. He's the best. I just try to be ready for any situation."

Pastornicky had played only four innings defensively since his return, but had taken advantage of the time before games to work at second base and in the outfield. But the Braves envision him as a potential super sub.

"It's definitely an adjustment," Pastornicky said of his limited playing time. "But when I got called back up, I felt a lot more comfortable. There wasn't as much pressure. I felt more relaxed."