ATLANTA -- If Brooks Conrad had made costly throwing errors on consecutive days in the middle of the season, the ever-loyal Bobby Cox would have likely given his 30-year-old rookie at least one more opportunity to prove he could prove dependable at third base.
But with his club tied with the Padres in the National League Wild Card race entering Sunday afternoon's regular-season finale against the Phillies, Cox opted to move Omar Infante to third base and Conrad to second base. Atlanta's manager said that he was attempting to give Conrad a chance to relax.
"I don't think he's slept in two days probably," Cox said.
Conrad has provided the Braves clutch hits throughout the season, including two that helped them sweep the Marlins after Martin Prado was lost for the season during Monday's series opener with Florida.
But while attempting to play the third base position once reserved for Chipper Jones and Prado, Conrad has experienced a nightmare. His errant two-out throw to second base Friday night allowed the Phillies to produce a five-run sixth-inning that proved decisive.
Conrad furthered his frustrations Saturday, when he made another errant throw to second base that helped the Phils dent the scoreboard with a four-run seventh that carried them to a 7-0 victory.
This marked the 12th time this season that Infante served as the Braves' starting third baseman. The versatile utility player made at least five starts at five different positions this season -- second base (63), shortstop (18), third base (12), left field (8), right field (5).
Atlanta had the option of utilizing Troy Glaus at third base, the position he primarily played before moving to first base this year. Scouts said that he made all of the routine plays while playing the position for Triple-A Gwinnett at the end of August.
But Glaus has battled leg problems throughout the season, and as a result, has provide reason to believe his mobility might prevent him from showing necessary range at third.
Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.