After creating a buzz among Braves coaches with his overall play early in spring training, Camargo had six errors – tied for the major league spring-training lead — including several bobbled balls at shortstop. That led the Braves to drop him from consideration for the opening-day roster and send him down to continue his development, but it didn’t change their view of Camargo as a prospect who’s played solid defense at all the infield positions except first base in the minors.
“He’s a very talented guy,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said. “He can play all three of the infield positions, probably all four. Can probably put him in the outfield. He’s an athletic guy, gotten a lot bigger and stronger, and it was one of those things where you want him to go play (in the minors), but in a situation like this it’s a different story.”
Camargo was told Monday to join the team in Miami just in case Kemp’s right hamstring was still sore Tuesday. After Kemp tested it with some running early Tuesday afternoon, the DL decision was made and Camargo was activated.
It’s unclear how much Camargo will play, if any, in the field before Kemp’s expected return next week. But he could at least get pinch-hit or pinch-running opportunities before a likely return to Triple-A.
“I’ve just been focusing on playing baseball and working on my things,” Camargo said. “All I could really do was try and improve. I didn’t want to really think about when my chance would come and I’d get the call.”