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MLB Trade Rumors: Braves Looking For Shortstop Help

After a slate of injuries to the shortstop position, the Atlanta Braves are exploring the available options at the trade deadline:

Manager Fredi Gonzalez said yesterday that they were still mulling their options, both in Triple-A (presumably Tyler Pastornicky, and Josh Wilson, who has 356 games of major league experience with seven different teams, most recently the Brewers), but that they've also been mulling trade options as well.

Atlanta called up Pastornicky on Saturday morning, which will at least enable them to have a major leaguer with experience at the position for the next few weeks.

The Braves, at 47-39, are right in the thick of the division and wild card races, so they can't afford not having a competent player at one of the most important defensive positions in the game.

Pastornicky was the Opening Day starter but he's already been sent down once to the minor leagues this year, and it will undoubtedly be something Atlanta's front office watches very closely in the weeks before the trade deadline.

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