Braves place Simmons on 15-day disabled list

The Braves placed Andrelton Simmons on the 15-day disabled list Monday, a day after the rookie shortstop injured his right hand on a head-first slide.

An examination by team Associate Physician Dr. Gary Lourie Monday confirmed Simmons has a non-displaced fracture of the fifth metacarpal (pinkie finger). He will be in a cast for four weeks and re-evaluated after it is removed. No further timetable for Simmons’ return was announced.

According to the team, a corresponding roster move will not be announced until at least Thursday, the day before the Braves return from the All-Star break and open a home series against the Mets.

Simmons suffered the injury on a slide into second base against the Phillies on Sunday. He was X-rayed at Citizens Bank Park and wore a splint after the game. Typically, the injury can require four to six weeks to heal and even longer if surgery is required.

“Stuff happens,” Simmons said after Sunday’s game. “I’ve got to live with the consequences. It’s tough, but I can’t do anything about it now.”

Simmons has a .296 average with three home runs and 15 RBIs in 33 games since being called up from Double-A and making his major-league debut on June 2. He won NL rookie of the month for June, after leading all league rookies in batting average (.333), on-base percentage (.365) and hits (30) in his first month in the major leagues. The offense has been a bonus as Simmons has provided solid defensive play.

The Braves have veteran Jack Wilson as the backup shortstop. They also have Tyler Pastornicky, who started the season in the majors before Simmons was called up, at Triple-A Gwinnett. They might also decide to try to add a shortstop via trade before the July 31 non-waiver deadline. Braves general manager Frank Wren indicated Sunday he and his staff would make a decision over the All-Star break.

- Chris Vivlamore

259 comments Add your comment

Billy

July 9th, 2012
4:14 pm

Henry

July 9th, 2012
4:15 pm

Sure hate it.
A little good news for today: It’s Monday, and the Braves won’t lose.

Chris Barrett

July 9th, 2012
4:16 pm

First? Bad luck! Go BRAVES!!!

Frank

July 9th, 2012
4:19 pm

I bet the Braves will end up trying to trade for someone like Jamey Carroll or Brendan Ryan.

Kashi

July 9th, 2012
4:20 pm

Another great news for today: It’s Monday, and the Braves won’t WIN.

Wendell

July 9th, 2012
4:22 pm

Bring back the Thrashers.

chc4

July 9th, 2012
4:22 pm

Too bad but if I hear one more time about what an awful loss this is I’ll puke. We should be able to overcome it. Personally I don’t think we are a playoff team even with him. But I hate the excuses. Other teams have lost far better players than Simmons for stretches and gotten through it. Fact is we are a starting pitcher, maybe 2, short of being an October threat. I suspect if Wren makes a move it’ll be for someone cheap (and not very good) like Jason Vargas from Seattle.

iTiSi

July 9th, 2012
4:22 pm

Here’s betting AS won’t be sliding head first any longer. The intelligent ones that do it now, clench a batting glove in each hand so their hands are closed like a fist. BTW, that also would have kept Freddie Freeman from getting his hand injury, from which he is still “paying the price”. These highly paid athletes need to get some “smarts”. Maybe a manager with half a brain might show some responsibility and lay down the law. Of course we do have to consider WHO we are talking about here!

Slips

July 9th, 2012
4:23 pm

I think you gotta go Wilson/Rev most of the way down the road until Simmons is back. How quickly we forget how awful it was watching the Rev play 5 innings only to be spelled by Wilson late in the game because Rev couldn’t hang defensively. An addition seems unnecessary at SS unless he’s going to be out for 6-10 weeks, which seems excessive, OR unless we can steal somebody versatile for the cheap-cheap.

Ryan

July 9th, 2012
4:23 pm

Time to make a deal, Frank. Playing Wilson is like having two pitchers in the line up and Pastornicky is a butcher at short.

Go and get someone who can be a useful utility piece once Simmons comes back.

jason

July 9th, 2012
4:23 pm

I think the blue jays are trying to move Escobar, and he is more mature and i think freddie can handle jim, beside he can rake and thats what we need.. just my opinion

space monkey

July 9th, 2012
4:24 pm

Need a half-year rental shortstop and an ace pitcher. I have no idea how we’ll find both.

Stoned Mountain

July 9th, 2012
4:29 pm

Sounds like AS will be in a cast that allows him to stay in physical shape a minimize his absence. It would be interesting to see a description of the cast, and a suggestion of how inhibiting it would be.

PMC

July 9th, 2012
4:30 pm

If Pastornicky can show he has improved his defense, I wonder if he might stick around on a postseason roster over Wilson because he’s been a pretty good hitter.

Bobby Bobby

July 9th, 2012
4:30 pm

Jason – with Larry Wayne Jrs comments about Escobar after the trade, bringing him back would be tough. Wren will find a cheap unproductive replacement.

Reid in EAV

July 9th, 2012
4:30 pm

How is Ben Sheets doing? Any hope of an impact there?

Memphis

July 9th, 2012
4:30 pm

Braves don’t need Escobar. Simmons is SS of the future. You need more of a rental/utility type……Brendan Ryan is a name that rings the bell. Someone to start until Simmons comes back.

Spider29

July 9th, 2012
4:32 pm

I didn’t see the game yesterday but my understanding of what happened was that Andrelton was running out a double and slid into second to beat the throw from the outfielder. If that is the case, he didn’t have time to pull out two batting gloves to hold onto as he ran. However, I agree that the players need to slide feet-first rather than head-first.

Frank

July 9th, 2012
4:32 pm

Yunel Escobar has about as good of a chance at playing SS for ATL in the future as I do.

Matt

July 9th, 2012
4:33 pm

Go for a left field power bat and let Prado spend the rest of the year at SS, the guy can play anywhere!

Frank

July 9th, 2012
4:35 pm

This isn’t the time to start experimenting with guys at new positions.

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the truth...

July 9th, 2012
4:35 pm

@iTiSi

…..and you got to get the fact that he wasn’t running from 1st to 2nd on a steal or whatever….he was running from the batters box….

….I guess he should have been taking his gloves off and getting them in position to hold them when he was to slide into 2nd?????????????

Geez this was discussed yesterday after the game by dozens of bloggers….

Fact is he is an excellent SS and has the tools, instincts and guts to be a great one for years to come. Ask Sutton, Murph, Chipper and the veterans what they think about him and to a person he is mentioned to be the shortstop we’ve been hoping for for years….

Tgram

July 9th, 2012
4:35 pm

This is a tough break (no pun intended), but Simmons should be able to come back good as new after it heals. I don’t see any sense in making a deal for a shortstop given that he should only be out for a month or month and a half. Wilson and Pastornicky are at least capable. This will, however, cost the team in the “wins against replacement” department. Simmons’s defensive abilities have saved several runs for the Braves, and his offense won’t be matched.

htownbravesfan

July 9th, 2012
4:35 pm

There is no way possible you can play Jack Wilson on an everyday basis. He’s about as close as you can get to an automatic out from a position player. You either play Pastornicky, or you go out and get someone else. Either way, Wilson is more than likely a goner when Simmons gets back.

Memphis

July 9th, 2012
4:36 pm

Prado CAN NOT play Short! He would be worse defensively the Pastor. I’d roll with Jack Wilson over Pastor for the defense. You don’t have to have offensive production if guys like Heyward, Freeman, McCann and Uggla are getting on base and driving in runs. Now if they’re not……

Duh!

July 9th, 2012
4:37 pm

For all, both here and elsewhere, who are complaining that AS should have been holding his batting gloves, you obviously weren’t watching the game. It was a hustle double – he didn’t have time to pull his gloves off. Sliding head first is done all the time and, yeah, sometimes people get hurt. But they get hurt sliding feet first as well. It’s part of the game. Why do people want to further sissify this great game?

Eric

July 9th, 2012
4:38 pm

Pick up Carlos Quentin and move Prado to Short Stop = Genious

reckingball

July 9th, 2012
4:38 pm

It’s all Roger McDowell’s fault, Leo never let any of the SS’s get their fingers broke, when he was the pitching coach.

Frank

July 9th, 2012
4:39 pm

Tgram

That’s kinda the point with regard to trading for a stopgap SS like a Brendan Ryan or Jamey Carroll. Pastornicky won’t provide solid defense. Wilson can play solid defense but can’t hit. Ryan is an excellent defensive shortstop and Carroll is solid enough defensively (and can play all across the infield) and can contribute a little w/the bat. Neither of those guys should cost much and if they do well, the Braves could possibly drop Wilson once Simmons returns.

Brave New World

July 9th, 2012
4:40 pm

If we go with Pastornicky and Wilson, Pastornicky will be ok offensively and Wilson will be the late inning defensive replacement. Since Simba was so good on defense, we need for the offense to step it up in the second half and score more runs to compensate for reduced defense at short. Hoepfully, Simba will heal well and be back in September.

Memphis

July 9th, 2012
4:41 pm

PRADO CAN NOT PLAY SHORT

reckingball

July 9th, 2012
4:42 pm

The answer to the SS replacement problem is right there in AAA.
Bring Constanza up, and let him fill in at SS, he’s a superstar, don’t you know?

Matt

July 9th, 2012
4:42 pm

Why couldn’t Prado play short? He is excellent at both second and third so he has the skill and instincts to play the position, he is the second fastest player on the team and has an excellent arm so has the range, what am I missing?

Mikey

July 9th, 2012
4:43 pm

iTiSi: When is the runner who is attempting to stretch a single into a double supposed to clench a batting glove in his hand? Freddie’s injury was the result of attempting to break up a double play and he was going feet first. Ever watch baseball?

Memphis

July 9th, 2012
4:45 pm

Prado has never played short. Not in the minors, not in Winter League, EVER! Playing SS is a lot different than playing 2nd or 3rd. I love Prado, but having a guy play short, whose NEVER played short…….there’s probably a reason he’s never played it.

Eric

July 9th, 2012
4:46 pm

Agreed….I don’t see why Prado can’t play short—-go get a power bat like Quentin…then when Simmons gets back, we either have 1) a Deep Bench or 2) 4 great OF’s—a great problem to have. Prado can and IMO will play SS for the next 8-10 weeks or beyond.

Ralph

July 9th, 2012
4:46 pm

Braves needed anlother SS anyway and i’m not talking about Pastor either. They need to find a SS that can hit as good as Pastor and field as good as Wilson, then when Simba comes back, probably about the time of the Sept call ups they could then release Wilson

reckingball

July 9th, 2012
4:48 pm

The bad thing about the play, was that Simmons could have went in feet first and been safe easily. But I guess it is hard to judge that when you are doing the running, like he was.

adam

July 9th, 2012
4:49 pm

maybe they can trade prospects for nat mclouth and teach nat how to play infield. he might hit .150 but hey, what Braves player in the past ten years has been known for his hitting?

Sad Sack

July 9th, 2012
4:50 pm

Is there some reason why you can’t make a fist with your hand w/o holding onto a batting glove first?

Heisenberg

July 9th, 2012
4:52 pm

You guys are just not getting creative enough with the same old boring Prado to SS and a LF platoon. Move Chipper to SS, Freeman to 3B, Mac to 1B, & put Ross in at C. Or better yet, call up Elvis A….wait, nevermind.

Chipper Jones

July 9th, 2012
4:52 pm

Eric

If you knew anything about baseball you would know why!

Mikey

July 9th, 2012
4:52 pm

Feet first is the proper/safe and the aggessive way to slide, if only, you can pop back up and advance another base if the ball gets away. Ask Lou Brock and Maury Wills.

Chipper Jones

July 9th, 2012
4:54 pm

I believe he has played short a couple of times and it wasn’t his cup of tea

Matt

July 9th, 2012
4:55 pm

I like Heisenberg’s idea, sounds exactly like what Freddy will do.

Dawgdad (The Original)

July 9th, 2012
4:55 pm

Someone needs to ban head first sliding, especially into first base. Prado, Infante, and how many others have we lost doing these dumb slides. Studies have shown that you get to first faster if you run thru the bag instead of sliding. The only reason to slide into first is to avoid a tag on an errant throw that pulls the first baseman off the base.

HF slides into other bases should be rare, maybe in game winning situations, otherwise totally banned. HF slides into home should come with a hefty fine. I would think a smart manager would institute such a policy to protect his assets.

Blaze

July 9th, 2012
4:56 pm

Matt…..Matt,……Matt……What are you missing?

Answer: Well, to play SS in any professional league, you must have hands. It is obvious that (while Prado can play about anywhere) Prado would have trouble at SS due to his hands. THey are good to average. His range for 3B is very good. His range for 2B is good. He would be poor at best at SS. Yes he could play, but you would think that Pastornicky should have a gold glove or two after comparing him to Prado. Prado is versatile but he is not at SS. Not at the Big League level.

I’m not saying put Pastornicky at SS. I do agree with Matt that we need some offense and a very good glove. Go get somebody. Release Wilson. Give Pastornicky more seasoning to become the next versatile utility man that he needs to become.

jim

July 9th, 2012
4:57 pm

Since his arrival in Atlanta, Jack Wilson has not had any extended playing time. He gets 1 or 2 ABs a week and is called upon to bunt in some pinch hit assignments. His offense has been pitiful, but he was hitting about 260 in Seattle before coming over, and hit OK in Pittsburgh during his tenure with the Pirates. A trade for a Brendan Ryan type will cost the Braves a mid-level prospect and won’t add much more offense. Give Wilson a week or so of steady play to see if his offense picks up to the point he is serviceable. Let the Rev be his backup. If we can get by with that for a month, we’ll know before the trade deadline. Wilson was signed last winter for just such an eventuality. Give it a couple of weeks to see if we can get by — the alternatives might not be any better.

Chipper Jones

July 9th, 2012
4:58 pm

Sad Sack
July 9th, 2012

Make a fist and break your knuckle instead of your pinkie.

1eyedJack

July 9th, 2012
5:01 pm

“How is Ben Sheets doing? Any hope of an impact there?”

Unimpressive in his first minor league start.

Vinny

July 9th, 2012
5:02 pm

You feel like Prado could play short for a couple weeks…

Heisenberg

July 9th, 2012
5:04 pm

Seriously, this does not warrant any discussion. Braves will call up Pastornicky and use Wilson for late inning defense. Because after all it is only the 15 day DL and Fredi is optimistic Simmons will be ready to go by then. Fredi thought he would be OK after resting during the AS break but they went ahead with the DL just to play it safe.

Columbus

July 9th, 2012
5:04 pm

Call up Constanza, put him lin eft and let Prado play short!

I would personally choose pitching over a short-term/half season shortstop. Hes only going to be out 4 weeks max. You can tell with his demeanor and desire he will be back soon. Pastornicky can hit and Wilson can play D too but I would rather have Georgie in the lineup. Hes a spark splug and can win some games with his speed and getting on base. Good outfielder too. Rather have a pitcher unless Braves can afford a good hitting shortstop AND a GOOD pitcher. Dont want just another arm that will suck half the time either so spend it all on a GOOD pitcher IMO.

(Rob from SC)

July 9th, 2012
5:08 pm

1eyedJack

July 9th, 2012
5:01 pm
“How is Ben Sheets doing? Any hope of an impact there?”

Unimpressive in his first minor league start.

That is the first negative comment I’ve heard about Sheet’s first start.
Velocity was good and he got better as his outing progressed.

Tgram

July 9th, 2012
5:08 pm

Frank,
I’d be more in agreement with trading for a shortstop if Simmons were going to be gone THAT long. As it stands, it’s only a few weeks. Pastoricky is adequate until Simmons comes back.

Lew

July 9th, 2012
5:08 pm

Simmons cast will be on for at last four weeks. Not certain how he’s gong to be ready to play ion 15 days. He could always hit Fredi upside the head with the cast if he forgets.

Columbus

July 9th, 2012
5:09 pm

Sorry for the typo. Constanza in left. Prado at short. Or Pastornicky or a combo of both depending on the opposing pitcher.

Would be better overall on D and scoring runs with Constanza and Prado than Pastronicky unless his defense has improved that much since he was sent down….I like Wilson sometimes and Prado sometimes with Constanza in left. I would give it a shot. Thats my 2 cents. I think Constanza will be hot if he gets called back up….

Homer the Brave

July 9th, 2012
5:11 pm

I predict Jamey Carroll will be a Brave within the next 7 days.

Columbus

July 9th, 2012
5:11 pm

Prado has played some short. He can play the hot corner so the glove is no issue and he has decent range and he can adequately turn the DP. Prado will be jsut as good or better than Pastornicky at short. No doubt.

Lew

July 9th, 2012
5:14 pm

Prado played eight games at shortstop 5 years ago in the minors and two games at short 4 years ago. Think there might be a reason he hasn’t played there more or since 08?

Prado is not going to play shortstop.

smallmouth6

July 9th, 2012
5:15 pm

Chris, Carroll, or DOB: Why 15 days and not 30 on the DL?
Yes, bring up Constanza. He’s hitting .315 or let the guy go play somewhere else.

Lew

July 9th, 2012
5:15 pm

And if they call up Pastornicky to replace Simmons on the roster, who do they send down to bring up Constanza?

Heisenberg

July 9th, 2012
5:15 pm

How come nobody has suggested moving Uggla to SS and Prado to 2B?

I will be here all week. Be sure to tip your wait staff.

roger

July 9th, 2012
5:15 pm

I agree with you chc4 the Braves are at least 2 starters away from being a playoff team.

I_R_HUMAN

July 9th, 2012
5:16 pm

It’s like beating a dead horse but can ya’ll please just cut the whole “First” crap out….it’s just mind numbimgly stupid

birdo

July 9th, 2012
5:17 pm

Prado would be better than any other player. He can do it all. We don’t need another automatic out in the lineup. Wilson couldn’t hit a jackass in the rump with a bass fiddle.

splendid splinter

July 9th, 2012
5:17 pm

Right – bring up Pastornicky. Wilson can’t hit his weight. At least Pastor can get SOME hits. I have not been that impressed with Wilson’s defense either but if it makes FG feel better, play him as the late inning defensive specialist. But don’t give a prospect for 6 weeks of playing time. Simmons will be back by Labor Day, if not sooner.

Seattle Braves

July 9th, 2012
5:18 pm

Here is an idea.

Lets put freeman at SS and trade for Albert pujols. becuasse that is equal to what everyone on this chat board is saying about Prado to SS. THATS NOT GOING TO HAPPEN.

Tyler will probably be called up to back up Jack Wilson til Simmons is ready. No Trade needed. POINTLESS….

FJ10

July 9th, 2012
5:19 pm

No more OJT players. We’ve got two pitchers performing OJT. Get a defensive whiz at SS now.

Columbus

July 9th, 2012
5:20 pm

ch4@4:22 pm must not have been watching lately. The starting pitching has been great, even Minor and Delgado and Jair. Scoring has been the main problem, not the pitching. The young guys are coming around it seems and Hanson and Hudson are picking up the load every start. Braves are a playoff team and would make it in today if the season were over. However, they WILL finish 1st or 2nd in the division. Im looking for Washington to choke in the 2nd half and for the Braves to come together with hitting and pitching and win the division. McCann is back. Chipper is hitting great. Heyward is hitting much better than last year. Prado is steady as usual. Borne is awesome. Freeman is doign good but can pick it up a little and when Uggla gets going again we know what he will do. Braves WILL have a better record in the 2nd half than in the first half.

Braves are ONLY 4 games back. Washington WILL slump and Braves WILL score more runs. They are getting lots of hits most games. Just need a hit or 2 more with runniers in scoring position each game and they will be putting a hurting on teams regularly….!

I_R_HUMAN

July 9th, 2012
5:20 pm

Prado is not going to play short…..you people have to get that through your heads….

Braves rooter

July 9th, 2012
5:20 pm

Awww they will use Wilson and his measly 174 average and average defense. But that’s normally what the Braves do. We have better players in A ball but you can bet Wilson will be in there every game. Big glaring hole now.

washedupcoach

July 9th, 2012
5:23 pm

I’m a retired high school baseball and football coach. I always told my players that there were two names for head-first sliders: STUPID & INJURED! Studies have proven there is NO advantage to head first, but players still try it. Slide the old fashioned way, it worked for quite a few Hall of Famers.

bravesfaninwest

July 9th, 2012
5:23 pm

I would imagine Rockies are sellers and might give up Marco Scutaro for a pitching prospect. Once Simmons is back, he would be more valuable than Wilson because he can play all infield positions. Another option, for the same reason, could be Willie Bloomquist of the D’backs who can play 3B/OF.

scott

July 9th, 2012
5:25 pm

Simmons broke the bone in his hand (metacarpal), not one of his fingers (phalanges). Making a fist, holding a glove, etc would not have helped.

Mixxo

July 9th, 2012
5:26 pm

Get Esco back!

Lew

July 9th, 2012
5:27 pm

Braves are not going to go out and get a shortstop for – at most – five weeks (after the AS break). We need pitching and bench and that’s what they’ll focus on. We won with Pastornicky playing most of the year so fa and we’ll win after he returns.

If the Braves hit and pitch, they’ll win – if not they won’t – no matter who is at shortstop.

flagger

July 9th, 2012
5:30 pm

ANYBODY THAT SLIDES HEAD FIRST IN THE FUTURE SHOULD HAVE TO GO THROUGH A BUTT KICKING BY EVERYBODY ON THE TEAM….ALONG WITH THE MANAGER!!!!!!

Seattle Braves

July 9th, 2012
5:31 pm

The Braves are not in panic mode, so no need to trade fo a replacement. The Braves were happy to getting less than optimal offense from the SS position this year. Just so happened Simmons had other plans and was performing better than expected. So the Braves are back were they were at the start of the year. Asking for solid defense and ok with a .230-.250 hitter.
Also you dont mess with is working, which is the outfield of Prado, Bourne, and Heyward. Stop with the Prado playing SS, that is just stupid.

indigo

July 9th, 2012
5:31 pm

I believe there is an under appreciation of what a difference a superior defensive player can make in a game. This loss will hurt. You give an extra out to major league teams in a few innings, it will cost you.

We need Simmons back.

Heisenberg

July 9th, 2012
5:32 pm

Honestly I am not sure I can go until Friday seeing all the proposals of who should play SS the next 5-6 weeks. May have to go hang out on the Philly blog and poke some fun.

Seattle Braves

July 9th, 2012
5:32 pm

Listen to LEW

FJ10

July 9th, 2012
5:33 pm

All the great plays Simmons made were with one run leads. Defense makes pitchers GOOD.

GAtor

July 9th, 2012
5:35 pm

Does this extend the Braves Monday losing streak?!?

Frank

July 9th, 2012
5:36 pm

Tgram

We’re looking at probably around 5-6 weeks or so with Simmons being out. That’s 1/3-1/2 of the rest of the season. We know Wilson won’t cut it as an everyday option–can’t hit enough. We saw earlier this season what the Braves think about Pastornicky’s defense. I’d be surprised if the Braves didn’t acquire a stopgap like Brendan Ryan or Jamey Carroll to hold down the fort until Simmons returns and to most likely replace Wilson once Simmons returns. Ryan is excellent defensively whereas Carroll brings a little more offense (.291 and .290 BA the past two years and .274 career hitter) and can play across the infield. Both are relatively cheap, especially Ryan, and shouldn’t command much in trade since they’re both veterans on teams going nowhere this season. If I thought it would cost a lot to acquire a stopgap SS, I would be against the move, but all things considered, I think it’s the best option.

HAL

July 9th, 2012
5:39 pm

bllomquist if he doesnt cost the farm would be great hes a hustling prado clone although not as good of of a hitter

Preston Hannatized

July 9th, 2012
5:41 pm

Beachy, then Simmons, the two young hopes of the franchise, go down. Even Frank Feckless Wren gets a pass when so many bad things happen.

JKP

July 9th, 2012
5:42 pm

@ jason Escobar can rake…really? He’s projected to hit .260 with 10 homers and 58 RBI. If I hit .260/10/58 at the major league level, I would be quite proud of myself. But, I would not consider myself one who ‘rakes.’

Fan of the Game

July 9th, 2012
5:46 pm

I believe Wilson can do the job. Maybe it will be only 4 weeks. Don’t trade away potential talent just to finish out the year. Remember the Len Barker trade?

cowdogit

July 9th, 2012
5:47 pm

It’s about time for Chipper to take another vacation, Prado will need to play third, Unless Fredi is ready to turn third over to Francisco.

Frank

July 9th, 2012
5:49 pm

Fan of the Game

It would take very little to get one of the stopgap SS options via trade. We’re not talking top prospects here. We’re talking guys who, if you were to rank the Braves prospects, would probably fall in the 25-50 range.

iopbrave

July 9th, 2012
5:51 pm

Let’s bring Raffy Ramirez back

Jeff R

July 9th, 2012
5:51 pm

Braves are not going to go out and get a shortstop for – at most – five weeks (after the AS break). We need pitching and bench and that’s what they’ll focus on.

Lew’s right.

Jeff R

July 9th, 2012
5:52 pm

Jeff Blauser, anyone?

Jeff R

July 9th, 2012
5:53 pm

Beachy, then Simmons, the two young hopes of the franchise, go down.

They didn’t exactly die. These guys will be back. Cheer up.

Long time fan

July 9th, 2012
5:53 pm

Scutaro is like Wilson with a little more power. However, he is a good role player wherever he has been. I would bring Pastornicky back and pray. Also, we need to be optimistic that on August 1, our shortstop for the next 10 years is healthy. I don’t like head first either.

Mark

July 9th, 2012
5:55 pm

Dude would’ve gone into the typical rookie slump that all Braves go into anyways so who cares!!

Frank

July 9th, 2012
5:56 pm

Jeff R

The thing you guys are kinda missing is that the stopgap SS could also be a bench upgrade over Wilson and it’s not going to cost much of anything in trade to acquire said SS. You also seem to be implying that the Braves can’t do this type of trade and still also address other needs– pitching and a bench upgrade or two. Like I’ve said, the stopgap SS would cost very little in trade. It’s not like we’d have to give up a top prospect that we would need to address one of the bigger needs in order to get the stopgap SS. Getting the stopgap SS would have no effect on any other potential moves.

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