With each multi-hit game, Braves second baseman Omar Infante is making it difficult for the baseball establishment to dismiss his accomplishments.
The first-time All Star is now a first-time National League Player of the Week after hitting .433 from Aug. 16-22 -- third-best in the league. His .900 slugging percentage was tops in the NL for the week and his three homers tied for the lead.
NL manager Charlie Manuel was roundly criticized for selecting Infante to the All-Star team this year, but the longtime utility infielder has been even better in the second half, hitting .378. And since he was put into the line-up on a daily basis Aug. 2, Infante is batting .368 with four homers, eight RBI and 16 runs scored.
The Braves haven’t been able to acquire the ace they might have wanted for the top of their rotation, but they secured the depth they needed Monday with the signing of free agent right-hander Gavin Floyd.
One week after the Braves were eliminated by the Dodgers in a four-game division series, Braves general manager Frank Wren met with the team’s beat writers and discussed the 2013 season and the team’s needs going into the offseason.