Terdoslavich working to make up for rough start

Terdoslavich working to make up for rough start

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- After hitting .395 during last year's Grapefruit League season, Joey Terdoslavich dealt with the disappointment of not making Atlanta's Opening Day roster and then spent the next three months proving productive enough to earn a promotion from Triple-A Gwinnett to Atlanta.

Despite spending last year's final three months at the big league level, Terdoslavich finds himself once again fighting for an Opening Day roster spot. The versatile switch-hitter's bid was weakened as he recorded just two hits in his first 22 at-bats during the spring season.

But after making some adjustments with the help of hitting coach Greg Walker, Terdoslavich finally generated some results as he hit a long sixth-inning home run and then added a two-run, eighth-inning single in Friday's 6-1 win over the Rays.

"The last few games, I've started to feel more comfortable," Terdoslavich said. "I got some good pitches to hit and didn't miss them."

While the Braves obviously want to see Terdoslavich prove more consistent over the next two weeks leading up to the regular season, the fact he has hit just .154 (4-for-26) has not completely erased the possibility that he will begin the season with Atlanta. But his chances were decreased with the offseason acquisition of Ryan Doumit, who like Terdoslavich is a switch-hitter who can play both corner outfield positions and first base when necessary.

If the Braves choose to carry an extra reliever while going with a four-man starting rotation through the season's first 10 games, it appears they have just one roster spot available for a position player. Speedy outfielder Jose Constanza stands as the current favorite to win that spot.

Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.