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Infante Up, Pena to the DL

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With Omar Infante ready to come of the disabled list and take over the utility infielder role, it was looking like Frank Wren would have to make a tough decision on just who to drop to make room. Pinch-hitter Brayan Pena made the decision very easy as a mid-back strain will force him onto the 15-day DL right in time for Infante to be activated, according to Dave O'Brien of the AJC. Infante was acquired from the Cubs this off-season along with Will Ohman, however he's been out since suffering a broken hand in winter ball. I said once the injury occurred, that by the time he was back, Martin Prado could possibly displace him as the main utility infielder, however his injury as well as some shaky defense really made that impossible. Infante can play second, third, short, and in the outfield, and will pretty much take over Prado's duties. While he probably won't hit at the level Prado was, the added versatility of being able to play shortstop and the outfield means that he'll probably stay the main utility infielder as long as he hit at a reasonable level.

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