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Tyler Pastornicky Shifting To Utility Role In Minors

While Andrelton Simmons might be the long term answer for the Braves at shortstop the organization still has plans for departed shortstop Tyler Pastornicky. The plan going forward is for Pastornicky to adapt into an utility role somewhat resembling that of former Braves player Omar Infante.

Gonzalez said they plan to play Pastornicky some at second base, in addition to shortstop, and before the summer is out to get him action in the outfield.

That versatility is always valuable and Infante finally turned it into an everyday job with the Marlins at second base. Pastornicky took his demotion well and hopefully this will light a fire under him as he tries to fight his way back to the major leagues. Pastornicky played in 45 games with the Braves and was hitting .248 with a homer and 12 RBIs.

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