Although each of them are considered imminent Atlanta Braves, the club gave them a "not yet" answer for this season, and they sent Joey Terdoslavich and Christian Bethancourt, among others, to minor league camp.
Terdoslavich, who was once regarded as Chipper Jones' replacement before committing 22 in his first 50 games last season, was sent to Triple-A Gwinnett, where he will continue his work at first base and in the corner outfield spots.
"I knew it was going to be really, really tough for me to make the team," Terdoslavich said on braves.com. "Now I've just got to go down, get my at-bats and continue to build on what I started here."
Terdoslavich raked to the tune of a .396 average, a homer and four doubles in 26 Grapefruit League games, a drastic improvement over the start of 2012 season, which saw him hit .180 and struggle defensively at third base at Triple-A Gwinnett. A demotion to Double-A Mississippi allowed him to hit .315 over his last 78 games.
"I told him how impressed I was that he was able to pick up outfield play and also play first base," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "I was impressed that he was able to do that."
Bethancourt had himself a miserable spring with a .133 average, though that came in just 15 at-bats, further proving his need to work on his bat. He hit just .243 at Double-A Mississippi in 71 games last year. He was the only member of the 40-man roster that was sent down on Monday and will once again start his season in Mississippi.
The Braves also sent infielder Blake DeWitt and outfielder Jordan Parraz down to minor league camp.
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