Heading to camp a month ago, the Braves really had no spots up for grabs. Sure, there was that fifth starting spot, but the three candidates were obvious: left-hander Mike Minor and rookie right-handers Randall Delgado and Julio Teheran.
The main question mark was whether the Braves would be OK with rookie Tyler Pastornicky at shortstop. That question became slightly more urgent when his veteran backup, shortstop Jack Wilson, strained his right calf while hosting Pastornicky for workouts at his home in the week leading up to camp.
There also was the less worrisome issue of who might be another outfielder.
Matt Diaz is on the bench for that already, and speedster Jose Constanza, who is out of options, needs to show he can get on base often enough to make his speed a factor.
But after the first spate of exhibition games, there are some intriguing possibilities to make the opening day roster:
Prospect Andrelton Simmons is playing dazzling defense and is hitting, too, besting Pasto...