Braves acquire SS Janish in trade with Reds

The Braves picked up minor league shortstop Paul Janish in a trade with the Reds on Saturday.

The Braves picked up minor league shortstop Paul Janish in a trade with the Reds on Saturday.

ATLANTA — Before beating the Mets for their sixth straight win, the Atlanta Braves filled a hole in their infield Saturday by acquiring minor league shortstop Paul Janish in a trade with the Cincinnati Reds.

Minor league pitcher Todd Redmond was dealt to Cincinnati.

The Braves lost starting shortstop Andrelton Simmons to a broken right little finger last Sunday, and the rookie is likely to miss at least four weeks.

Janish, 29, has a .221 batting average with seven homers and 70 RBIs in 324 big league games.

“He’s a proven defensive talent,” Atlanta general manager Frank Wren said. “And we felt like, for our club, that was the most important aspect of the acquisition.”

Janish has a .981 fielding percentage in 283 career games at shortstop and is expected to start Sunday against the New York Mets.

Janish has spent the entire season at Triple-A Louisville, hitting .237 in 49 games at Louisville.

Wren said the Braves had a list of three or four guys they were scouting since Simmons’ injury. Atlanta manager Fredi Gonzalez indicated that rookie Tyler Pastornicky, who was recalled from Triple-A Richmond before Saturday’s game, was not a candidate to reclaim the job he lost due to weak defense on May 31.

“We were the pursuers, so you can’t necessarily dictate the timetable. We thought Janish was the best defensive shortstop out there that we could acquire. He was the number one guy on our list.”

Pastornicky began the season as Atlanta’s starting shortstop, but poor fielding cost him the job when the Braves purchased the contract of Simmons from Double-A Mississippi on May 31.

Jack Wilson started in Simmons’ spot after his injury, but then Wilson suffered a dislocated joint in his right little finger in the fourth inning of Friday’s 7-5 win against the New York Mets.

Martin Prado, who moved from left field to take Wilson’s place, started at shortstop on Saturday for the first time since May 4, 2008.

Because the Braves kept Wilson on the active roster, Gonzalez began the game with 24 available players.

Catcher Brian McCann, who missed Friday’s game for birth of his child, was back in the lineup.

Pastornicky hit .245 with one homer and 12 RBIs in 45 games with Atlanta. He made seven errors in 42 games. At Gwinnett, Pastornicky made five errors in 29 games at shortstop.

Gonzalez indicated that Pastornicky might not stay long in the majors. The Braves want to groom him into a utility man. Pastornicky has started nine games at second base for Gwinnett and made no errors. He also has been practicing in the outfield.

“We were forced to bring him up,” Gonzalez said.

Redmond, 27, is 69-56 with a 3.57 ERA in eight minor league seasons. The right-hander, who was assigned to Louisville, went 6-6 with a 3.58 ERA in 18 starts for Triple-A Gwinnett this season.

Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said the trade gives the Reds some pitching depth in the minors. The Reds have used only five starters through the first 87 games this season, a franchise record.