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Catcher Martin Maldonado has been taking grounders at first base and, with Hart sidelined by his foot injury, could start there Wednesday against Braves left-hander Paul Maholm, manager Ron Roenicke said. A left-handed hitter, Travis Ishkawa, started Tuesday in Hart's place against right-hander Tim Hudson.

"The left-hander puts us in a bind with all the left-handers [hitters] we have on the bench," Roenicke said. "Ishikawa is great defensively, but if I can get a right-hander there that's swinging the bat well, it helps our lineup. At least if we know [Maldonado] can play, it gives us an option."

Catcher Martin Maldonado has been taking grounders at first base and, with Hart sidelined by his foot injury, could start there Wednesday against Braves left-hander Paul Maholm, manager Ron Roenicke said. A left-handed hitter, Travis Ishkawa, started Tuesday in Hart's place against right-hander Tim Hudson.

"The left-hander puts us in a bind with all the left-handers [hitters] we have on the bench," Roenicke said. "Ishikawa is great defensively, but if I can get a right-hander there that's swinging the bat well, it helps our lineup. At least if we know [Maldonado] can play, it gives us an option."