Jack Wilson (calf strain) to miss 4-6 weeks

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Jack Wilson didn’t make it to Braves spring training before straining his right calf, which is expected to sideline the veteran shortstop for four to six weeks and could land him on the disabled list to start the season.

The Braves re-signed Wilson in January to serve as a utility infielder and backup to rookie shortstop Tyler Pastornicky. Manager Fredi Gonzalez said the Braves can fill in for Wilson with others already on the roster or non-roster camp invitees.

Wilson was injured Tuesday during a sprint drill while working out with Pastornicky at Wilson’s home gym in Camarillo, Calif. Pastornicky went out there Feb. 18 for a planned five days of workouts, tips and one-on-one lessons from Wilson.

“It’s one of those injuries you’ve got to make sure is completely gone,” Gonzalez said, “because if you try to come back too quickly it’s going to just nag on you for the whole year. It’s just a nagging thing. So four to six weeks — we’re hoping more four than six.

“We’ve got plenty of candidates here in camp that can do that job.”

Wilson, 34, called the Braves on Wednesday to let them know of the severity of his injury. The team didn’t announce it until Friday after he and Pastornicky arrived in camp on full-squad reporting day. The first full-squad workout is Saturday at 1 p.m.

Gonzalez named non-roster utility infielders Josh Wilson and Drew Sutton as candidates to fill in for Wilson. Gonzalez might also ask if top shortstop prospect Andrelton Simmons could stick around longer than he might otherwise before being sent to minor league camp.

“He’s exciting to watch,” Gonzalez said of the slick-fielding Simmons. The manager then joked, “Maybe run ol’ Chipper [Jones] out there every once in a while.”

The Braves also have shortstop Brandon Hicks, who is on the 40-man roster.

Wilson had the same type of injury to his left calf in 2008, and said it took three or four weeks before he could do much on it. That injury was in Atlanta, when he played for Pittsburgh and hurt the left calf running out a single in the opening week of the season.

“The good thing is it’s at this point [of spring], so I’m not looking to miss too many games during the season,” Wilson said. “It actually feels better than the left one did at this stage. Putting weight on it’s a pretty good sign. It’s not out of the question to be playing the last three, four or five spring training games. That’s what I’m shooting for.”

He said the injury wouldn’t keep him from continuing to mentor Pastornicky.

“I’ve been working with him for the past week. He’s fine,” Wilson said. “He’s a great kid. I got to work with him a lot before this happened.

“I’ll be off of crutches the next couple of days. I’ll be going out there on the field and still talking, if he has any questions. We worked on a lot of little things, but he’s pretty polished. He didn’t need that much work.”


45 comments Add your comment

Max Sizemore

February 24th, 2012
3:41 pm

Those who want a thorough analysis of Mike Minor should check out this piece on Fangraphs:



February 24th, 2012
3:44 pm

nice, when a vet like Wilson has good things to say about the young guy. Hope Wilson comes back stong, but until then the other Wilson can back-up Pastornicky


February 24th, 2012
3:46 pm

Minor should probably go the rest of the spring and not open his mouth except to say hello!!

CT Braves Fan

February 24th, 2012
3:48 pm

I love how the description for this blog specifically lists politics and religion as off-limits yet politically-charged song lyrics are posted at will (which of course is only a small part of the larger question of what place song lyrics have in a baseball blog).

Band Aid

February 24th, 2012
3:52 pm

Ouchies and booboos, and so it begins……….


February 24th, 2012
3:55 pm

calf strain a little more than a booboo


February 24th, 2012
3:56 pm

Starting to build up our excuses allready for not winning. Injuries happen, but tired of hearing excuse of we were hurt.


February 24th, 2012
3:59 pm

Daa-aave, I don’t see why you get to post Dylan lyrics but I don’t get to complain about Obamacare! [frowny face]


February 24th, 2012
4:00 pm

Would be nice to get to see Simmons a bit this spring…


February 24th, 2012
4:06 pm

CT, if we’re going to get all philosophical, can’t just about any discussion of popular culture become political in 2012? Even talking about BBQ could rub some animal rights folks the wrong way.

Please just skip the music part if its not your cup of tea; it’s a bonus for those of us who are like-minded.


February 24th, 2012
4:09 pm

Car accident, sunburn, calf injury reports — It will be nice to see them start playing and hear about Heyward’s swing, Pastor’s progress, JJ’s velocity, and the battle between Minor Teheran, and Delgado. It sound like Simmons has impressed Fredi already.

CT Braves Fan

February 24th, 2012
4:14 pm

TexExInGa…fair enough. We’re all Braves fans after all…


February 24th, 2012
4:17 pm

please don’t kill my pig, i love her


February 24th, 2012
4:20 pm

I hope he didn’t teach Pastornicky that.


February 24th, 2012
4:24 pm

DL so far: 1)Hudson, 2)Wilson and spring games have not even started yet. Hope the list stops @ 2

Bama Mike

February 24th, 2012
4:35 pm

We are doomed.


February 24th, 2012
4:43 pm

I agree with jim. I’m ready to start reading about baseball plays instead of medical reports. I admit, Ithought all of the jokes about Chipper’s sunburn and being fat were funny. Yes. I know he’s not fat. If Chipper’s fat, I’m the Goodyear Blimp. And despite the resemblance, I’m not the blimp.


February 24th, 2012
4:45 pm

All chips are now on Patornicky! Good luck to the kiddo!


February 24th, 2012
4:48 pm

Getting old sucks!

Bill M.

February 24th, 2012
4:52 pm

Good for Minor for speaking his peace. He’s a low keyed guy. We need more of that, the Braves act like they are half dead. Need to see more fire from the Braves. How can you tell about a pitcher, just by spot starts. Put him in rotation and leave him and if he’s not doing the job about mid season try something different. Does anyone remember how Glavine and Smoltz done their 1st full season ?


February 24th, 2012
5:20 pm

CT, cheers to that… I am ready for the season to get rolling and remove the bitter aftertaste from the last one.

smalltown, you are bringing the lulz… but your pig is safe from me. Not looking to start a BBQ war, but being from Texas I prefer cow.


February 24th, 2012
5:38 pm

Song lyrics (of my own)- Sung to tune of Queen’s : Obamaaaa…ooh ooh ooh ooooooh, You make gas prices rise, you tax those who earn and give it all to the slackers…carry on, carry on, cuz nothing really matters…


February 24th, 2012
5:39 pm

Bohemian Raphsody


February 24th, 2012
6:24 pm

I’m all for keeping Simmons and let him compete with Pastor for the starting job and the loser to be the back up.


February 24th, 2012
6:56 pm

Good idea Ralph, maybe they’ll both catch fire then we can make one of them an outfielder.


February 24th, 2012
7:17 pm

Boy, it would be nice if Renteria was around. He could be help this club in leadership and depth.


February 24th, 2012
8:14 pm

@ CT and glacialspeed: stop reading this blog and get your own.


February 24th, 2012
8:50 pm

I really worry about Gonzales: two kinda strange quotes here… he’s always joking around and saying things that just aren’t realistic.

“We’ve got plenty of candidates here in camp that can do that job.” Oh really? Plenty of candidates that can serve as a serious mentor to Pastornicky?

“Maybe run ol’ Chipper [Jones] out there every once in a while.” hahahahahha sure that will be fine.


February 24th, 2012
10:42 pm

Same S.H.I.T different day, another year of old assed broken down geriatrics!


February 24th, 2012
10:55 pm

Is Brandon Hicks invisible? If so why is he on the 40 man roster?


February 25th, 2012
4:49 am

JoeBrave………I could not agree w/ you more!!! This is going to be a very long 6 months. They will be lucky to finish last.


February 25th, 2012
7:34 am

Hanson, I said it would start, now Wilson, Who’s next, so far we are doing a great job brfore full team workouts start today.


February 25th, 2012
8:11 am

I don’t think that Minor said anything that bad. Hey, if they cannot develop him here, he wants to go somewhere he can pitch, and rest assured that any young player feels that way when they do not get the chance.

Its time for him now.

As for Wilson, its a 4 to 6 week injury, not like he is gone for the yr and his role is likely to be that of a versitile U INF anyway. Pastornicky is gonna be the man.

So far so good on Heyward, that is good news.

As for Liberty, their little 2011 operating loss hurts them little. The Braves are such an insignifigant part of Liberty’s holdings that they really do not matter to ownership. The sooner they are gone the better but its their call.

Lets go to the games and give another prospective owner a good reason to want the team once Liberty decides its time for them to sell if ever.


February 25th, 2012
8:26 am

I’m trading a new nick-name for Jones and Heyward: “Aches & Pains”

What do you think…will it sell?


February 25th, 2012
8:27 am


C. Tampa Ironworse

February 25th, 2012
9:26 am

CT… DOB’s blog is awesome. But you’ll have to stomach endless loveliest of:

1. Breaking Bad
2. Velvet Underground, et al

The BBQ conversation is actually one of my personal favorites.

C. Tampa Ironworse

February 25th, 2012
9:27 am

Or Love Fest.. Either one….


February 25th, 2012
9:55 am

“Starting to build up our excuses allready for not winning”

Shortstop is a GM-engineered excuse for losing in 2012. Go back through history and count the teams who reached the playoffs with a rookie shortstop as the everyday starter.

Keep in mind the two Wilsons couldn’t stay in the lineup in SEATTLE in the recent past.

GOP Cannon

February 25th, 2012
10:13 am

Wow, at least wait till spring training is truely underway before landing on the DL.

coach joe

February 25th, 2012
10:46 am

hope the rookie shortstops can play… Wilson may have lost his job if the kids can play.

GO Braves..


February 25th, 2012
11:28 am

Here we go again. A guy gets an injury that is common in sports and all of a sudden it is doom and gloom. Dear Lord cannot the people here at least on occasion cheer up just a tad? If I were to base my opinion of the Braves on what I read on this blog I would give up baseball altogether. We have a team that will be a force in the NL East and many here seem to think we have the Mets roster.

Chief Nok Out A Rounda

February 25th, 2012
11:52 am

At least Wilson has Mojo, he didnt get Pastornicky hurt,did I spell that right. Pasternicky


February 25th, 2012
12:41 pm

Dennis—What is posted on this blog is a function of the anger and disgust over what happened in September. Had they not choked the way they did, fans would not be as upset with this team as they are.

And ownership has not helped either. You saw what other teams did this off season and you saw how the Braves did nearly zilch.

They could have a great year but look what happened in September. That still stings for alot of fans, myself included. The Braves have alot of possibilities to go either very good, middle of the pack or very bad.

They have alot to prove. I am mad at them for September. It will NEVER be forgotten or forgiven to me.

Busch Leaguer

February 25th, 2012
5:39 pm

Sorry to hear that Jinx Wilson is hurt ,guess he will start the season on the DL,hopefully it will be a short list,Hudson ,Jinx and Moylan.As far as Minor ,these kids are aware of the Arbitration clock as well as the Braves management. It is a shame that these issues can keep young players in the minors instead of on a major league roster.

michael kors

October 4th, 2013
10:51 pm

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