LAWRENCEVILLE — Jack Wilson, who went to the disabled list July 14 with a dislocated right pinky finger, began his rehab with the Gwinnett Braves on Monday.
The utility infielder who played both second and shortstop in his 40 games this season with the Braves was in the lineup hitting second as the designated hitter. He went 1-for-4 with two runs scored and drew a walk in his fourth at-bat.
"It's still a little tender, the finger, but it was nice to get out there and see some pitching," Wilson said. "The first day you don't see (the ball) very good. It's just one of those days where you are trying to just see as many pitches as you can and just try to react to it.
"I had some good swings and had a good first day."
Wilson isn't eligible to return to Atlanta until July 29 but said he has no time frame on a return. His pinky is still swollen and he plans to DH again before returning to the field.
"I am still kind of tentative grabbing the ball out of the glove," he said. "It's one of those thing you have to take time with.
"It doesn't hurt to hit at all."
With the Braves, Wilson hit .169 with four RBIs in 71 at-bats. Defensively, he only has two errors with 14 starts at short and one at second. He has played 31 games in the field so far this season.
"As long as I am playing, I am fine," Wilson said, noting the days off were the biggest frustration. "To get a chance to get out here and get some at-bats, I haven't had too many at-bats this year. To get down here and DH for however long it takes, it'll be nice to see pitches."