Camargo to "pressure" Swanson for shortstop role

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March 20, 2019 - 12:10 pm

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Atlanta Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson said he's finally feeling back to "normal" following wrist surgery in November. He returned to the Braves lineup in early March as part of Grapefruit League action. It was his first plate appearance since leaving a game against the New York Mets back in September 2018. 

Putting up just average numbers his past two seasons, many believe this is a make-or-break year for Swanson.

92.9 The Game's Braves beat reporter Joe Patrick joined Andy Bunker and Bryant McFadden on Wednesday to discuss his expectations for Dansby this season.

"I think everyone is kind of aware that this is a year for him to prove himself," Patrick said from his observations at Braves Spring Training. "A lot of the conversation also goes to another player in Johan Camargo--who's a shortstop--who's one of the Braves' most important players last year."

Patrick believes the versatility and production of Braves utility man Camargo may challenge Swanson for that shortstop role, even this season.

"He's going to apply pressure to Dansby because Johan Camargo is going to get an opportunity in this team, though it might not be at shortstop all the time. He's going to be getting his plate appearances in. And, if he's hitting well and Dansby isn't, there's going to be major amounts of pressure on (manager) Brian Snitker to make Johan Camargo the everyday shortstop."

While Swanson has gotten pressure to perform from the fan base after the hype was placed on him, the pressure he'll feel this season will be a little bit different. 

"I think now the difference for him is that that pressure is going to be coming from his teammates as well--and it's not a bad thing," Patrick continued. "He's going to that pressure coming from the inside now with Johan Camargo, and it's going to be really interesting to see how he deals with it and how Brian Snitker manages that situation as now."