Looking to do something to shake things up after an eight-game losing streak, Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez batted the pitcher eighth on Wednesday night, something he did three times in 2011.
“You’ve got to try to push the envelope as much as you can sometimes,” Gonzalez said. “Here we are, lost eight in a row. You’ve got the right personnel to do it with (Jose) Constanza. You’ve got (Tyler) Pastornicky who has hit eighth for the most part all his time here, so that’s not going to be a big change for him. Why not?”
The Braves scored 11 runs and went 2-1 with the pitcher batting eighth in 2011…
Backup catcher David Ross began taking batting practice Tuesday but it’ll be the Washington series this weekend before he expects to be available off the bench. His strained right groin still bothers him running, he said.