Manager Fredi Gonzalez and the Braves know not to make too much of spring-training statistics, but utility infielder Ramiro Pena has impressed everyone in camp as a better hitter than numbers he produced with the Yankees indicate.

Pena, 27, rejoined the Braves after a stint with Mexico in the World Baseball Classic and picked up where he left off, with a double and a walk in three plate appearances Tuesday against the Cardinals. He was 8-for-22 (.364) with three doubles, four walks and three strikeouts before Wednesday night, when he was in the lineup against the Marlins.

“(The WBC) was a really good experience for me,” said Pena, who had three doubles in 13 at-bats for Mexico, and will get most of the playing time at shortstop for the Braves until Andrelton Simmons returns from the WBC sometime next week.

Simmons’ Netherlands team advanced to the semifinals to be played Sunday and Monday in San Francisco.

It’s been apparent since the first week of camp that the smooth-fielding Pena would be on the Opening Day roster, and probably should have been before that: The Braves signed him to a free-agent contract in December, knowing Paul Janish would require a six-month rehab from October shoulder surgery and likely not be ready for the first weeks of April.