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.

Ralph

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.

semiballcoach

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

JNick

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.

Brady

July 15th, 2012
6:40 pm

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

Ralph

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?

BartnOrl

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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