After struggling mightily in his first stint in Triple-A and being demoted to Double-A at midseason, Joey Terdoslavich was no longer mentioned as a potential replacement for third baseman Chipper Jones. But that doesn't mean he's been forgotten.

Terdoslavich is still well-regarded in the organization, and Friday he served up a reminder that he can still hit.

He hit a leadoff homer in the ninth inning of the Braves’ 2-1 loss to Detroit in a Grapefruit League opener at Champion Stadium. Terdoslavich entered the game as a pinch-hitter, fell behind in the count and pulled a hanging 1-and-2 slider from left-hander Jose Alvarez, driving it onto the grass berm beyond the left-field fence.

“Felt good,” he said. “Threw me a first-pitch fastball, change-up, fastball, slider. Kind of just caught it right.”

Terdoslavich, 24, will work some in the outfield as well as third base this spring, his first time playing the outfield since college. He isn’t a candidate for a spot on the Opening Day roster, but could make a good impression for later with a solid spring.