Dansby Swanson returns to Braves’ starting lineup Wednesday

Braves rookie shortstop Dansby Swanson was in Wednesday’s starting lineup, batting eighth against the Chicago Cubs.

Swanson hasn’t started since Sunday and hasn’t registered an at-bat in the Cubs series.

Swanson has two hits since July 6. Swanson’s slump, partnered with the hot play of fellow rookie infielder Johan Camargo, has relegated Swanson to a part-time role, at least temporarily.

"Dansby is a young kid who has a lot of career ahead of him," Braves manager Brian Snitker said. "We've got to pick and choose spots and see matchups and who is the best team we can put out there on a given day and see what happens."

The Braves expectedly activated reliever Arodys Vizcaino on Wednesday, and while rumors swirled Swanson may be demoted, it was outfielder Lane Adams who was sent down.

Swanson is 5-for-40 with a .125 OBP and .200 slugging percentage in the past 14 games in which he’s had a plate appearance. He entered Monday’s game as a pinch-runner.

Also, Swanson has made 14 errors in 83 starts. Only White Sox rookie Tim Anderson has more among qualifying shortstops (21).

Swanson had a 31-game stretch from May 14-June 13 in which he hit .286 with an .849 OPS. Outside that, Swanson hasn’t gotten the bat going.

The Kennesaw native is hitting .220 on the season, with six home runs and 25 RBIs. He does, however, have a .272 batting average on balls in play.