Johan Camargo will continue in utility role as pieces rotate

Johan Camargo loosens his arm during spring training on Monday, Feb 19, 2018, at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista. Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com

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Johan Camargo will remain in his utility role with the Braves, according to manager Brian Snitker.

Camargo, who was reinstated from the disabled list April 18, has played sparingly since his return. He’s 1-for-6 with a triple.

He was expected to be the team’s starting third baseman entering spring training, but a strained side and back landed him on the DL March 26. Ryan Flaherty has performed admirably in his absence, leading the National League with a .362 average, and recent signee Jose Bautista will eventually take the mantle as starter.

The 24-year-old Camargo has made one start since his return, coming at third base on Saturday.

“It’s going to be timing up here also,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said. “Obviously had a big hit the other night, but this is a different league than what Triple-A is. There’s always going to be an adjustment when you come to a new league. The at-bats probably aren’t going to be as regular as they were. But as long as he’s healthy, he’ll be able to hit. He’ll be fine and be a big part of what we’re going to do.”

Camargo burst onto the scene last year, hitting .299 with four homers, 21 doubles and 27 RBIs in 82 games. He’s proved capable of playing across the infield.

“Johan, one thing we know about him, he can play all over the place,” Braves general manager Alex Anthopoulos said April 18. “Guys are going to need days off, guys are going to get hurt. … End of the day, when the time comes that he’s here, (Snitker) will find a way to get him at-bats, playing time, a way to get him to help us win games.”

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