LAKELAND, Fla. -- Joe Terdoslavich needed just two at-bats on Sunday to eclipse the number of hits his Braves teammates had tallied during Saturday's loss to the Tigers.
Terdoslavich, the Braves' No. 8 prospect, arrived at his first big league Spring Training looking to prove why he impressed many scouts and executives with his bat last summer. The 23-year-old infielder moved closer to this goal by recording a pair of singles in Sunday's 18-3 loss to the Tigers.
Terdoslavich singled through the right side of the infield in the eighth inning and went the opposite way with a ninth-inning single to right field. Not bad for a young switch-hitter who had never previously recorded an at-bat in a big league setting.
"I'm very excited about the opportunity I've been given, just to be here in big league camp to see how it is run," Terdoslavich said. "Growing up in Sarasota [Fla.], I got to watch it when I was younger -- the White Sox, the Reds and the Red Sox for a short period of time. It's good to see it, but it's different watching on the outside and actually being a part of it."
A sixth-round selection in the 2010 First-Year Player Draft, Terdoslavich recorded a Carolina League record 52 doubles and hit .286 while primarily playing third base with Class A Advanced Lynchburg last year. He will return to his natural position of third base this year with the hopes of giving the Braves confidence that he could serve as Chipper Jones' successor once the former National League MVP ends his playing days.
Hanson, Freeman move closer to return
LAKELAND, Fla. -- The Braves received some encouraging news on the health-related front on Sunday as Freddie Freeman and Tommy Hanson both moved closer to being cleared to play in Grapefruit League games.
Hanson completed a live batting-practice session for the first time since suffering a Grade 1 concussion on Feb. 20. The 25-year-old right-hander experienced no problems during the five-minute session and he is scheduled to throw live BP again on Tuesday.
Freeman served as one of the Braves who took swings against Hanson and also fielded some ground balls for the first time since his right kneecap briefly popped out of place last week.
Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said that the plan is for Freeman to play against the Nationals on Tuesday, exactly one week after he injured his knee.
Tim Hudson hopes to be cleared to begin throwing off of the mound once doctors evaluate his back on March 13. Hudson underwent back surgery in late November to fuse his L5/S1 vertebrae.
Sean Gilmartin, the Braves' top selection in last year's First-Year Player Draft, worked a scoreless eighth inning on Sunday.
Left-hander Luis Avilan will be among the relievers the Braves utilize on Monday against the Astros. Gonzalez said Avilan has impressed him during the first two weeks of camp.
Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.