So, it seems that the Braves’ starting middle infield situation is settled: Yunel Escobar will play short, and Kelly Johnson will play second, hopefully not in a platoon with the immortal Martin Prado. The backup situation, on the contrary, is unsettled. If Brent Lillibridge is in center, he probably won’t be used to back up shortstop, and if he’s in the minors, he definitely won’t be available to back up shortstop. Prado has played a little short in the minors. Peterson Thomas Gord Orr, should the Braves retain him, can’t play short, and neither can, should the Braves retain him and he stays out of custodial situations, Willy Aybar.
This leads to the disturbing possibility of a Chris Woodward sequel. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.