Rehab stint likely to get Wilson at-bats

Vivlamore reporting from Turner Field.

Infielder Jack Wilson said he will start a minor-league rehab assignment once his dislocated finger allows. Wilson was put on the 15-day disabled list after Saturday’s game, one day after dislocating the middle joint of the small finger on his right hand in the fifth inning of a start at shortstop.

Although the Braves did not think a DL stint was likely immediately following the injury, the move was made after shortstop Paul Janish was obtained in a trade with the Reds Saturday afternoon.

“They were trying to make a trade for a guy like Paul before this happened,” Wilson said. “You saw it coming.”

The Braves didn’t want to play short-handed by sending Tyler Pastornicky back down to Triple-A while Wilson heals. Pastornicky entered Saturday’s game in a bunting situation after Wilson told manager Fredi Gonzalez he was ready to bat just a day after the injury.

“It was a situation where it might have been two or three more days,” Gonzalez said. “We’ve got Tyler here and [we’ll] give him an opportunity to play that super-utility guy, can give us a pinch-hit and let Jack heal on his own. Don’t put any pressure on him to get in there sooner.”

Wilson said he welcomes a chance to get some needed at-bats and playing time.

“Once it heals up, I will go rehab, get some at-bats and hopefully figure it out in a non-stressful situation,” Wilson said. “As soon as they say you can start playing, I’m going to get out of here because the bottom line is when I come back I want to be able to help.”

- Chris Vivlamore

14 comments Add your comment

jake lopez

July 15th, 2012
1:41 pm

JC Boscan III

July 15th, 2012
1:53 pm

Maybe a few games at Gwinnett will help Wilson get some of his offense back. Even as pathetic as his hitting’s been with the Braves, he’s STILL a .265 career hitter. In 2010 and 2011, he batted just under .250. Then, as soon as he joins the Braves, he starts to hit like Tommy Hanson.


July 15th, 2012
3:50 pm

Nothing is going to help Wilson get his offense back, he is strictly a glove man now. Hopefully Janish will hit better and replace Wilson as the back up SS when Simba returns.


July 15th, 2012
3:54 pm

wilson and janish are BACKUP shortstops…they are going to be glove men and throw in a hit once a month…quit complaining
if you have a shortstop who can PLAY short and hit, he’s a starter, not coming off the bench


July 15th, 2012
4:04 pm

All Wilson can do is go to AAA and maybe get some trade value. I’ll be shocked if he’s not released once Simba is back.

lee maye

July 15th, 2012
5:42 pm

Doubt Wilson will be released. Braves and Wren usually send the guy down who has options instead of losing a veteran. So, expect Janish to go down when Simmons returns. Then, Janish to return when rosters are expanded on Sept 1.

We actually need Constanza and/or Durango on the bench more than Francisco and Hinske. But, won’t happen until Sept 1.


July 15th, 2012
6:40 pm

Wilson can stay in AAA till rosters expand 9/1.


July 15th, 2012
7:31 pm

Only reason Wilson is still in the ML is he is still owed $500,000. for the rest of the year, Liberty Media doesn’t like throwing money away, they don’t care about willing a playoff spot, its all about &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&

Nattering Nabob

July 15th, 2012
11:03 pm

All about ampersands?


July 16th, 2012
12:45 pm

Nattering Nabob: Yep, it’s all about the ampersands. hahaha I think we’ve found the problem….lol

Jeff Blouse Her

July 16th, 2012
3:51 pm

It’s like having Rafael Belliard back @ shortstop- you get the good D but no offense.

Jack Smith

July 18th, 2012
1:12 am

Jack Wilson is a fine fielder and smart player. He won a silver slugger award and may find some offense again. Besides short, Wilson is good at second and third. The guy is a class act.

nike sko

September 25th, 2013
8:43 pm

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