SS Paul Janish made his Braves debut over the weekend
Fresh off a sweep of the rival Phillies, the Braves went into the All-Star break knowing that they would continue to contend in the National League East. The questions about starting pitching and the injury to shortstop Andrelton Simmons were partially answered over the weekend as the Braves swept the New York Mets.
Beginning Friday night, the Braves plugged Jack Wilson in at shortstop in the place of Andrelton Simmons. However, Wilson left the game with a dislocated finger and the Braves were forced to utilize super utility man Martin Prado at short. Going forward, Prado would be needed in left field, the impossibility of platooning Eric Hinske and Matt Diaz there evident, and Frank Wren began looking for available shortstops who could fill in until Simmons comes off the disabled list. Wren found the answer in Paul Janish of the Cincinnati Reds organization. Janish was traded for Triple-A pitcher Todd Redmond on Saturday.