Losing Infielder Ramiro Pena Would be Major Blow to Atlanta Braves' Bench

By Josh McKinney
Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Atlanta Braves infielder Ramiro Pena, who has seen time at shortstop, second base and third this season, has been out since suffering a right shoulder injury while making a diving play at third against the Los Angeles Dodgers on June 9.

The 27-year-old utilityman has made significant contributions off the bench and has been a solid backup at each of the aforementioned positions. At the time of his injury, he was batting .278 with three homers, 12 RBIs and an on-base percentage of .330, well on his way to the best season of his career.

Unfortunately, Pena may now be done for the year as he is scheduled to receive a second opinion on his injured throwing shoulder on Wednesday in Atlanta, which may result in him having to undergo season-ending surgery.

The Mexican-born player is no stranger to such procedures, given that he was forced to have surgery on the same shoulder after dislocating it while sliding into second during his time in the New York Yankees minor league system in 2007.

With the defensive struggles of starting third baseman Chris Johnson, who has committed four errors since Atlanta traded his former platoon partner Juan Francisco to the Milwaukee Brewers in May, Pena’s departure — if he has to have surgery — could force the Braves to make a move in order to spruce up their bench.

Another option might be to give Tyler Pastornicky some action at the hot corner, despite the fact that he has spent most of his career at second and short.

For now, let’s just hope that Pena’s injury isn’t as serious as it seems. The Braves certainly don’t want to lose a guy who has been called “Martin Prado-lite.”

Josh McKinney is an Atlanta Braves writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @SuperJMac32, “Like”  him on Facebook or add him    to your network on Google.

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