Jordany Valdespin didn’t repeat his dubious feat of Saturday, when he overthrew Jon Niese for an error while trying to relay the ball to the pitcher after a Chicago hit.

But that was about the only positive. Valdespin continued to struggle offensively Sunday against the Cubs, going 0-for-4 in the leadoff spot to drop his average to .207. He has only seven hits in his last 43 at-bats, and his move into the starting lineup at second base last week against St. Louis hasn’t jump-started his bat. Daniel Murphy was moved to first base to accommodate Valdespin’s insertion into the lineup.

Manager Terry Collins indicated Valdespin likely would start tonight against Atlanta righty Tim Hudson, but didn’t seem willing to guarantee anything after that. Lefties Paul Maholm and Mike Minor also will start for the Braves in a five-game series that ends Thursday.

"We’re going to talk about some things on the plane," Collins said, "on the way down [to Atlanta], but the way I look at things down the road, it looks like we’ve got four [opposing] lefties coming up. I’ve got to get some right-handed bats in the lineup, so I may move Dan [Murphy] back to second."

Collins said righties Justin Turner and Josh Satin would be candidates to play first base.