Pastornicky gets first start since return from Triple-A

Pastornicky gets first start since return from Triple-A

WASHINGTON -- One of the lineup changes that manager Fredi Gonzalez made for Wednesday's series finale with the Nationals gave Tyler Pastornicky his first start since being recalled in mid-July.

Pastornicky was called up from Triple-A Gwinnett on July 14 and hasn't gotten a start since. He batted seventh and played second base -- also a spot he had yet to start at this season. He's got 40 starts at shortstop.

"I'm excited to get out there and play," Pastornicky said before the game. "It's been awhile, so it's definitely something to look forward to. You get out there and have some fun."

It's been so long between starts that Pastornicky wasn't even sure when his last one was -- but he doesn't care where Gonzalez puts him.

"If it's the outfield, short, second, wherever it is, I'm ready to go out and help the team win," Pastornicky said.

Pastornicky came into the game with a .256 batting average in 62 games. He's had hit two homers and driven in 13 runs.