"I'm just looking for him to put the ball in play," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "I want to give him some opportunities to play a little bit. We all know what Ramiro can do. He's a great super utility guy. You pick your spots for when you should use him."
Pena, a switch-hitter, had started five of the previous seven games played during this homestand. While he is expected to get a majority of the starts at second when the opposing team starts a right-handed pitcher, the Braves will attempt to prevent subjecting his surgically repaired shoulder to too much wear and tear.
Thus there is a chance that Pastornicky's opportunities to start at second base could extend beyond those games when the Braves are facing a left-handed starter.
Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.