DENVER -- In response to the unfortunate incident that left Yankees closer Mariano Rivera with a significant knee injury on Thursday, Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez will not stop his pitchers from shagging fly balls during batting practice.
But earlier this week, before Rivera tore his right anterior cruciate while shagging fly balls, Gonzalez stopped his players from continuing the ritual of throwing a Frisbee around the outfield approximately an hour before the start of batting practice.
"If you watch our BP, watch [Craig] Kimbrel and [Jonny] Venters shag," Gonzalez said. "That's how they get their running in. But that Frisbee, that's out of the question. I solved that a couple days ago. It's not because it's bad. But if something happens, I don't want to answer the questions."
John Smoltz and Greg Maddux are among the many pitchers who have used shagging fly balls during batting practice as a conditioning drill. While there has always been a risk of injury, the practice is more controlled than the Frisbee throwing that included more than 10 players on many afternoons.
"They're having fun and running around," Gonzalez said. "But I don't want [Braves general manager Frank Wren] saying, 'How come Venters blew out a hamstring chasing a Frisbee around?"
Chipper makes rare appearance in two-hole
DENVER -- After Chipper Jones' troublesome left knee reacted well to Thursday's flight to Denver, Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez opted to position his veteran third baseman in the second spot of the lineup for Friday night's series opener against the Rockies.
The start in the two-hole marked the first time Jones batted there since a seven-game stint from Sept. 8-16. His customary role as the No. 3 hitter has been recently filled by Freddie Freeman, who is making a strong case to remain in the spot going forward.
"I got kind of misty, I get to bat in the first inning, Jones said as he smiled and looked in Freeman's direction. "I kind of forgot what that feels like."
With Martin Prado given a chance to rest on Friday, Gonzalez also had the option of batting Jason Heyward second. But then each of the first four hitters in his lineup would have been left-handed.
Pastornicky shares past with Moyer's son
DENVER -- When Tyler Pastornicky innocently told a couple of reporters that he went to high school with one of Jamie Moyer's kids, Braves veteran shortstop Jack Wilson knew what was coming.
"Don't say that," Wilson said. "They're going to write that."
When prodded, Pastornicky said that he believes he actually ended his days at The Pendleton School at the IMG Baseball Academy in Bradenton, Fla., before Dylan Moyer began his. But through trips back to the school, Pastornicky has had a chance to meet the elder Moyer and his kids.
The 22-year-old Pastornicky will be reintroduced on Saturday night, when the 49-year-old Moyer takes the mound for the Rockies.
When asked if he called the veteran pitcher "Mr. Moyer," Pastornicky smiled and said, "No, I think I called him Jamie."
The Braves played their longest and shortest games of the season within a span of 24 hours. Wednesday's 11-inning win over the Phillies lasted a season-long four hours. Thursday's loss to Philadelphia lasted just two hours and two minutes.
Braves bullpen coach Eddie Perez celebrated his 43rd birthday on Friday.
Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.