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Salcedo makes costly error in outfield debut for G-Braves

LAWRENCEVILLE – Edward Salcedo, who sprained his left thumb on June 5 diving for a ball at third base, returned to the Gwinnett lineup as a right fielder.

Salcedo made the position shift during a rehab stint in the rookie-level Gulf Coast League after committing 16 errors over 47 games in the infield with the G-Braves.

Despite the switch, Salcedo’s fielding woes continued in the 9-6 loss to Charlotte on Sunday at Coolray Field, his two-base whiff on a single in the seventh inning leading to two unearned runs for the Knights.

That cancelled out a two-run double in the sixth by Salcedo, who finished 1-for-4 in his return.

Salcedo, ranked as Atlanta’s No. 13 prospect by MLB.com, played five games in the Gulf Coast League and closed his stint by going 3-for-5 with two homers and seven RBIs on Friday.

Salcedo received a bonus of $1.6 million to sign out of the Dominican Republic, but has yet to fulfill the potential the Braves and other teams saw in him.

The 22-year-old struggled defensively at both shortstop and third base, and he has been inconsistent at the plate.

Salcedo is hitting .205 in his first year with Class AAA Gwinnett and has struck out 50 times in 185 at-bats.

To clear the roster spot for Salcedo to come of the disabled list, the G-Braves released infielder-outfielder Andy Simunic on Sunday. He had appeared in just eight games, going 3-for-12.