Vivlamore reporting from Turner Field.
The Braves did not make a roster move to replace injured rookie shortstop Andrelton Simmons Thursday. A move will likely be made Friday, before the Braves take on the Mets, as the team was still weighing its options Thursday.
“We are still kicking it around,” manager Fredi Gonzalez said. “We’ve got a couple options in Triple-A that we could call up. We are going to keep weighing those options.”
Tyler Pastornicky, who began the season as the starting shortstop before Simmons was called up from Double-A, is currently playing at Triple-A Gwinnett. He is hitting .264 with 20 RBIs in 36 games. A trade is also a possibility.
“I think we are looking right now,” Gonzalez said. “I spoke to [general manager] Frank [Wren] twice a day every day during the break. He is looking out there [at possible trades], seeing who is available. There is some potential there also.”
Simmons was placed on the 15-day disabled list Sunday after breaking his right hand on a head-first slide into second base against the Phillies in the final game before the All-Star break. The non-displaced fracture of the fifth metacarpal (pinkie finger) will be in a cast for four weeks before Simmons is re-examined to determine the next course of actions. He was in a gray cast Thursday.
Simmons has a .296 average with three home runs and 15 RBIs in 33 games since being called up from Double-A Mississippi and making his major-league debut on June 2. He won NL rookie of the month for June, leading all league rookies in batting average (.333), on-base percentage (.365) and hits (30).
“The big kick in the stomach was Sunday losing [Andrelton] Simmons,” Gonzalez said. “It happens to everybody, everybody has injuries through the course of the year. I’ve always said that the teams that can survive those injuries are going to be there at the end. We’ll just keep plugging away.”
Jack Wilson will likely start Friday, Gonzalez said.
“I told him in Philadelphia Sunday after the game, I said ‘Rest up these next four days. I don’t want you going to Six Flags or any of those places and wear out because we might have to ride you for a while,’” Gonzalez said.
- Chris Vivlamore