Tyler Pastornicky expects to play a lot more for Atlanta this season than he did in his major league debut last year.
He is penciled in as the Braves starting shortstop. Last year the 22-year-old's debut consisted of sitting on the bench watching the last game of the team's monumental collapse.
While Atlanta was blowing a 9 1/2-game lead in the National League Wild Card race, the Braves also were searching for answers. During the final weekend, manager Fredi Gonzalez brought up Pastornicky after starting shortstop Alex Gonzalez went down with a calf injury.
For 24 hours, Pastornicky was a major leaguer. Now he is the only new cog in Atlanta's lineup.
But while Gonzalez says he ''likes the kid,'' he isn't ready to officially hand Pastornicky the starting job.