The Braves don’t have a clear answer yet at center field, between Nate McLouth’s demotion to Triple-A Gwinnett Tuesday and with the trade deadline approaching on Saturday.
Melky Cabrera has started in center for the past two games. Omar Infante can play there. Brent Clevlen was activated from a rehabilitation stint to help in center, and Gregor Blanco would be eligible to return Saturday, if the Braves choose to go that route.
But if need be, Jason Heyward could play center, something general manager Frank Wren, manager Bobby Cox and Jason Heyward all agreed they were are comfortable with when asked about it.
“Jason could go there,” Wren said. “There’s a variety of people who could play center field if we get in a pinch.”
Heyward, who’s played nothing but right field this season, said he’d have no problem playing some center field.
“Center field is the first outfield position I ever played,” said Heyward who played first base until age 10.
Heyward said he played 20 games in center field last year in the minors.
That would seemingly give the Braves more flexibility to add a corner outfielder at the trade deadline. Wren said nothing was imminent with the Braves on Wednesday but he expected activity to increase around baseball.
“We know what’s out there,” Wren said. “Whether the price will come down where it makes it reasonable and things fit for us, I don’t know. It’s hard to know until that last day almost.”