Vivlamore reporting from Turner Field.
The Braves did not make a roster move Friday to replace injured shortstop Andrelton Simmons as they are in trade talks to obtain a player.
“We’re having conversations and how we best fill that,” Braves general manager Frank Wren said. “It’s somewhat of a short-term need, so we’re waiting to find the right fit. … We’ve had conversations over the break with clubs. It’s one of those (you) can’t really speed the process up. We’re moving along and hopefully in the next day or so we’ll get to the end of it.”
If a trade is not made the Braves will call up a minor-league player Saturday and not play short-handed another game.
Jack Wilson was in the starting lineup for Friday’s series-opener against the Mets. According to manager Fredi Gonzalez, Martin Prado would serve as the emergency shortstop Friday. Prado had to move to the position when Wilson injured his hand and left the game in the fourth inning. UPDATE: Wilson suffered a dislocation of the middle joint of the small finger of his right hand. X-rays were negative. He is day to day.
It is unlikely that Tyler Pastornicky will be called up from Triple-A Gwinnett, according to Wren. The infielder was sent down to make room for Simmons after starting the season on the major-league roster. Pastornicky played second base in the G-Braves game Thursday.
“We’ve put him in a situation where he’s learning to play,” Wren said. “He’s doing really well at second [base]. And he’s going to play some outfield. He’s in a role right now where we want to leave him in the situation he’s in.”
Wilson remained in Atlanta to work on his hitting and fielding during the All-Star break, changing plans after Simmons’ injury to head home to California for a couple days of rest and relaxation.
“I really think it’s a let’s see how he does’ type of deal,” Wilson said. “I didn’t get to show them much in spring training [after being injured] and then got a couple at-bats here and there. Then when [Simmons] came up, it was pretty much dry from then on. I think it’s going to be one of those things where I’m going to have to prove that I can stay on the field and help the team.”
- Chris Vivlamore and Carroll Rogers