Backup shortstop Jack Wilson had not started a game since Andrelton Simmons was called up on May 30, but he finally got his chance when Fredi Gonzalez put him at second base Friday night for struggling Dan Uggla.
Wilson was hitting 4-for-5 against Nationals starter Ross Detwiler, a fact he’d been reminding his manager about for a few days now.
“It’s been a while,” said Wilson, with a smile when asked about being in Gonzalez’s ear. “It’s been 30 days. That’s a long stretch. It’s one of those things that you know what your role is and you prepare every day.”
Wilson last played second base as a defensive replacement for Uggla in the last two innings against Toronto on June 10. Before that it was spring training.
“It’s just nice not to have to work at third,” said Wilson, who never got comfortable in four games there last year, including one with Seattle. He’s played 45 games at second base.
“It’s been a month and we’re going to need him,” Gonzalez said. “You don’t want to give him a start because Uggla is not doing well but we kill two birds with one stone. Get Uggla a breather and get Jack in there.”