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Tyler Pastornicky Not A Likely Replacement For Andrelton Simmons At Shortstop

The Braves are exploring all options when it comes to the shortstop position and are currently pursuing for a veteran that would serve as a stop-gap replacement for Andrelton Simmons. The Braves are playing shorthanded on Friday night but will call up someone from the minors on Saturday if no trade has been made.

"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."

However, according to Frank Wren it is unlikely that Tyler Pastornicky will be the choice for the promotion. Pastornicky has been playing second base and figures to get some time in the outfield at some point as he shifts into more of a utility role.

For more on Andrelton Simmons and the Braves check out Talking Chop. For more Major League Baseball news and notes head over to Baseball Nation.

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