LAWRENCEVILLE — A key for Tyler Pastornicky’s return to the Atlanta Braves is his potential versatility and he got his first start in center field as Gwinnett played its homestand finale against Rochester on Tuesday night at Coolray Field.
Pastornicky, who started the 2012 season as the Braves’ regular shortstop, had played 10 games at second base and one as the designated hitter since being optioned to the G-Braves when Tommy La Stella was promoted to Atlanta.
The early emphasis was to get Pastornicky at-bats after plenty of inactivity with the Braves and he had two hits in each of his first four games with the G-Braves.
He cooled off, though, and was just 5-for-24 in the first seven games of the homestand, dropping his average to .317.
Pastornicky, 24, hit .292 in 74 games for the G-Braves last year before a promotion to Atlanta. But he tore his ACL in a collision with right fielder Jason Heyward during August and missed most of spring training recovering from surgery.
Salcedo officially on DL
Third baseman Edward Salcedo was placed on the disabled list Tuesday with his strained left thumb ligament.
He was hurt diving for a ball on Thursday against Columbus and his hand was placed in a cast the next day.
Salcedo was off to a rough start even before the injury. He was hitting .204 and had committed 16 errors in 54 games.
There are seven G-Braves on the DL.
Martin back on track
Cody Martin broke a three-game losing streak with the G-Braves’ 2-1 victory over Rochester on Monday night.
The right-hander had boosted a 7.36 ERA during the skid after going 3-2 with a 2.76 ERA in his first nine outings.
But a home run by Brad Nelson was his only blemish over 6 2/3 innings against the Red Wings. He allowed eight hits, walked one and struck out five while improving to 4-5 with a 3.58 ERA.
Gosselin gets around
Phil Gosselin has been the most versatile G-Braves, playing four positions plus designated hitter.
Gosselin has made 19 starts at shortstop, although his natural positions are second and third base. He has made 14 starts each at second and third base and five in left field.
The right-handed hitter ranked fourth in the International League batting race through Monday, hitting .326.