07/19/12 11:55 AM ET
To Braves, Pastornicky more than just a shortstop
By Teddy Cahill / MLB.com
Injuries to Simmons and backup shortstop Jack Wilson have forced Pastornicky to return to the Major Leagues, but his education as a utility player has continued. He has taken ground balls at second base and worked on playing the outfield.
Manager Fredi Gonzalez said that becoming more versatile can only be a good thing for Pastornicky.
"I think it's a valuable thing for him to be able to do," Gonzalez said. "We know he can play shortstop, and it gives us some options. If he stays up here long enough, you may see him play left field one game."
Chipper rests sore right knee against Giants
ATLANTA -- A sore right knee kept Chipper Jones out of the Braves' starting lineup on Thursday for a second time in as many days. Martin Prado replaced Jones, making his 17th start of the season at third base.
Jones pinch-hit in the seventh inning of Atlanta's 9-4 loss to the Giants in 11 innings on Wednesday night, but after the game, he said his oft-injured knees were "killing" him. After the game, Jones expected to need to rest again Thursday.
"I would say so, just because when I had to back up on that ground ball [in the 11th inning], it was tough to plant my right leg and really be able to push off," Jones said. "It was kind of all arm over there, and that's why you saw it come up short. It didn't feel good when I got here today, and it progressively got worse."
Jones went 1-for-3 and hit his eighth home in Wednesday's loss. He leads the Braves in batting average (.313), on-base percentage (.387) and slugging percentage (.495) this season.
Book details Braves' memorable '57 season
ATLANTA -- Before the Braves arrived in Atlanta in 1966, they were the Milwaukee Braves (and the Boston Braves before that), a team with a proud history that included a victory in the '57 World Series. The Braves defeated the Yankees in seven games during that Fall Classic, earning the franchise's first championship since 1914.
Earlier this month, "Bushville Wins!" by John Kilma, a new book chronicling the Braves' historic 1957 season, was published. Kilma was in Atlanta this week promoting the book after doing the same during a visit to Milwaukee.
Kilma said that while the book is about the Milwaukee iteration of the Braves, it still has much to offer fans in Atlanta.
"I think the real significance of this book for the Atlanta Braves fans is the understanding of Henry Aaron's early career," Kilma said. "In 1957, he's 23 years old. He's coming off a year in which he won a batting title, and he feels like he's had a bad year. So somewhere along the line it clicks and he decides, 'I'm going to put this ballclub on my shoulders this time.'"
Aaron proceeded to win the National League MVP Award after leading the Major Leagues with 44 home runs and 132 RBIs.
The Braves were already a strong team with Hall of Famers Eddie Mathews and Warren Spahn leading the way before Aaron's breakout season. With him, they were able to win their only World Series while in Milwaukee.
Kilma said his book is not a dry history book, instead attempting to capture the true atmosphere of the Braves' clubhouse.
"Most history is dry and boring," Kilma said. "This is a very alive book with players talking the way they talked, doing things the way they did. I wish baseball were more like this today, where there was more emotion."
Teddy Cahill is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.