LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Joey Terdoslavich's ability to quickly prove himself as an outfielder allowed him to earn his first call to the Major League level last season. Now the Braves are planning to give the former third baseman a chance to further enhance his versatility.
Manager Fredi Gonzalez said that Terdoslavich will spend a portion of Spring Training working out with the catchers. The 25-year-old switch-hitter has not handled catching duties in a game since 2007, his senior year at Sarasota (Fla.) High School.
"He's not going to be one of those guys we want to catch 140 games, but just to add that to his repertoire," Gonzalez said. "If he can get behind the plate as a third catcher and we use him off the bench, he's a very, very nice piece for us."
Once viewed as Chipper Jones' possible successor at third base, Terdoslavich spent the winter following the 2012 season learning how to play the outfield. That, combined with the fact that he hit 18 homers through just 85 games for Triple-A Gwinnett, allowed him to spend last season's final three months with Atlanta.
In addition to working in the outfield and at first base, Terdoslavich will spend the next few weeks working with catching coordinator Joe Breeden and bullpen coach Eddie Perez, who caught more than 500 games during his big league career.
Gonzalez is hoping to get Terdoslavich some time behind the plate at some point during a Grapefruit League game.
"I'm willing to do anything that can help me and possibly help the team," Terdoslavich said.
Terdoslavich will be spending the next six weeks battling for a spot on Atlanta's Opening Day roster. The odds of him realizing this goal will be influenced by the health of Tyler Pastornicky, who will be limited over the next few weeks as he recovers from surgery to repair a torn ACL in his left knee.
Beachy keeping control in camp's early days
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Brandon Beachy has often been described as one of those maximum-effort individuals who pushes himself to the limit on the mound, in the gym or in any other competitive environment.
But even as he attempts to distance himself from the bouts of frustration he experienced while attempting to return from Tommy John surgery last season, he plans to moderate his effort during the early days of camp and the Grapefruit League season.
Beachy has provided encouragement, as he has been able to consistently throw in pain-free fashion over the past month. Sticking to his plan on Wednesday morning, he threw his first batting-practice session of the year in a controlled manner.
"You could tell he wasn't full bore, which is fine," manager Fredi Gonzalez said, "but he looked good."
Beachy's comeback at the standard 12-month mark was cut short in June because of inflammation in his right elbow. He made his much-anticipated return to the rotation one month later but was limited to just five starts before the inflammation proved debilitating enough to sideline him and ultimately necessitate a less-intrusive procedure in September, during which Dr. James Andrews removed a bone spur and some other loose fragments from around the elbow.
The rotation could certainly benefit from a healthy and productive Beachy, who led the Majors with a 2.00 ERA through the 13 starts he made before forced to undergo surgery in 2012.
Medlen bids adieu to mane for good cause
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- When given a chance to help the battle against childhood cancer, Kris Medlen had no problem agreeing to bid adieu to his hair.
Before the Braves held their first full-squad workout on Wednesday morning, Medlen had his head shaved by a couple of children who have benefited from the Rally Foundation, an Atlanta-based charity that raises money to fund cutting-edge childhood cancer research and aid cancer-stricken children.
"It's all in fun, and I've done way crazier stuff to my hair when I was in high school and whatever else," Medlen said. "This is nothing. It is obviously supporting some kids who are going through a tough time."
Medlen has donated $10,000 to the Rally Vs. Cancer campaign, and he will match each of the first 10 $1,000 donations made by groups or individuals to support this initiative. To learn more about the program, visit rally.vs-cancer.org.
"I'm hoping it all works out," he said. "This is my first time. They have said it has been pretty successful before. I'm just trying to be the voice and the head of this whole thing."
Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.