Glaus at 1B, slimmer Prado at 2B, Diory out

Lake Buena Vista, Fla – With Troy Glaus at first base, Chipper Jones said any throw that’s too high for Glaus to reach will be a “well-earned error.”

Glaus is 6 feet 5.

A former Gold Glove third baseman, Glaus has played only six games at first base in his entire career. But when the 33-year-old took ground balls Tuesday in the Braves’ first full-squad workout, he didn’t look at all out of position.

“He looked smooth,” manager Bobby Cox said.

“Troy’s a good athlete,”  Jones said “There’s some footwork issues that are probably going to have to get worked on. But it’s not like he’s completely unfamiliar with it. He does have a little bit of experience over there, and he came up in an organization [Angels] that’s very big on working on the fundamentals, so I’m sure he was taught well.

“The guy’s a Gold Glover over there at third. Excellent third baseman. I have no doubt in my mind that he will make the transition seem easy. You’re a good defender at a corner position, I think you can be a good defender at any corner position.”

D. Hernandez out till midseason

You can scratch Diory Hernandez from the list of utility-infield candidates, for now.

He had shoulder surgery and could be out until midseason. Hernandez, 25, hurt his left (non-throwing) shoulder sliding into a base in the Dominican winter league, and the surgery was done to tighten the shoulder capsule.

Brooks Conrad and winter free-agent signee Joe Thurston are expected to compete for the second backup infield job, which might be the only position battle this spring. Veteran Omar Infante is back as the primary backup infielder.

Eric Hinske will be the backup first baseman and also has experience at third base and the outfield corners.

Hernandez hit .141 (12-for-85) with three doubles and a home run in 33 games as a rookie in 2009. His first start was at shortstop May 23 against Toronto, and his nine assists in that game were the most by a Braves shortstop since Rafael Furcal in 2002.

Prado follows Diaz’s example

Martin Prado reported to spring training with a starting job and a slimmer physique.

The Braves utility man-turned-second baseman lost 14 pounds this winter following the P90X fitness program, the same one that outfielder Matt Diaz used successfully the previous offseason.

Prado said he’s stronger and “more agile” after burning pounds off his midsection while at the same time working to strengthen his upper body.

He took the second-base job from slumping Kelly Johnson at the end of June and thrived in the everyday role, finishing the season with a .307 average, 38 doubles and 11 home runs.

Johnson was expendable and signed with Arizona after being non-tendered by the Braves in the offseason.

“We’ve got [Prado] in the lineup from the get-go this year, which could make a difference,” Cox said.

28 comments Add your comment

sidslidkid

February 23rd, 2010
7:21 pm

Hopefully Diory is the biggest injury of the spring. Hell why we’re hoping I hope we win the world series, I win the lottery and my wife decides we need to bring Scarlett Johansson into the marriage. A guy can hope…

Diory Hernandez

February 23rd, 2010
7:28 pm

I only got hurt to help the team, because I am a team player.

ryan c

February 23rd, 2010
7:36 pm

good stuff coming from camp. dob, anything you can say about some of the non-roster invitees would be helpful. what kind of build do mitch jones and brett clevelen have? what positions are they working at?

Bobby Cox

February 23rd, 2010
7:37 pm

I accidentally hit Diory with a bat to the shoulder……he took one for the team….its my last year I need to make sure its a good one for me and the fans

Bud Wiser

February 23rd, 2010
7:42 pm

We all remember what happened to our “phenom” last year. I really hope Heyward is the real deal.

bigchiefrg

February 23rd, 2010
7:48 pm

Is that you John Wayne? Is this me?

Alex

February 23rd, 2010
8:18 pm

From some of the photos, it looks like Glaus could use some of that weight loss regimen. Just because he’s a first baseman now doesn’t mean he needs to get all Kruk on us.

Novice Ned

February 23rd, 2010
8:27 pm

Funny, Chipper wasn’t too enthused about playing 1B several years ago. I’m sure that he is pulling for Troy because he doesn’t want Cox to come knocking on his locker with a 1B’s glove and a quote like “if you’re a good defender at one corner infield position…”

Piedmont Blues

February 23rd, 2010
8:42 pm

Alex,

Glaus has always been a beefy guy. Not exactly built for speed.

Shane

February 23rd, 2010
9:30 pm

Please not Brooks Conrad.

KingfishStevens

February 23rd, 2010
9:55 pm

Whats wrong with Conrad?

Joey M

February 23rd, 2010
11:47 pm

What is the situation with the outfield? Is Schafer going to get quality at bats? Will Melky platoon and at which position and with whom? I am not so concerned with the infield. We have enough quality pieces that if one goes down, another will take his place. But this outfield is a major question mark.

Zach J

February 24th, 2010
8:07 am

Think about the two black holes we had in our line-up last season: Franceour and K. Johnson. Those two were almost automatic outs. With Prado and Heyword/Diaz/Melky in there day in day out, we’ll be a whole lot better right out of the gate. Plus, Tommy for a whole season as well as no (fingers crossed) McCann eye issues. Should get a good start of the season going!

dogsbrekky

February 24th, 2010
9:05 am

slidkid – When you win the lottery I would just use Scarlett Jo on the side, that way the missus will not know about it…. hence no divorce and you get to keep all of the lotto loot

now if only we can convince Miss ScarJo of your charm !

Burdell

February 24th, 2010
9:29 am

Whats wrong with Conrad?

He’s not really an MLB hitter. He’s not even really a great AAA hitter.

But then again, we’re talking about the backup backup middle infielder, who will only be needed until Diory comes back. It’s not going to make or break the team.

Someone

February 24th, 2010
9:32 am

please tell me what is wrong with Brooks Conrad. He was a pretty solid back-up Shane.

wjones

February 24th, 2010
9:48 am

“Bud Wiser

February 23rd, 2010
7:42 pm
We all remember what happened to our “phenom” last year. I really hope Heyward is the real deal.”

Really? I thought Hanson did a good job last year. Why do you not think so?

BuckheadBrave

February 24th, 2010
10:04 am

wjones,
I think he was referring to Francouer, who many fans didn’t realize hadn’t been a “phenom” in Baseball circles for about the last 3 years, thats why we got a lot if “they traded Jeff, why?” “My 7 year old daughter loved him”

McCann Fan

February 24th, 2010
10:22 am

sidslidkid — You aim high. I like that. Be sure and share your notes once you figure out how to add Johansson to the mix.

McCann Fan

February 24th, 2010
10:23 am

wjones and BuckheadBrave — I’m pretty sure Bud Wiser was referring to Schafer.

Knuckle Sandwich

February 24th, 2010
10:30 am

Burdell, trying to follow your logic on the Diory Hernandez > Brooks Conrad front. I’m not having much luck.
DIORY HERNANDEZ 2009 ATL STATS
G,33; AB,85; R,6; H,12; 2B,3; 3B,0; HR,1; RBI,6; AVG,.141; OBP,.198; SLG,.212; OPS,.410
BROOKS CONRAD 2009 ATL STATS
G,30; AB,54; R,7; H,11; 2B,1; 3B,2; HR,2; RBI,8; AVG,.204; OBP,.259; SLG,.407; OPS,.666
CONCLUSION:
In 2009, Brooks Conrad was a better Major League hitter than Diory Hernandez, in every conceivable way.

tjhook

February 24th, 2010
11:11 am

How about some love for MAR-TIN Prado?! Lost 14 pounds. . . looks like a guy who wants to make a difference and leave a mark of success when he plays ball. I’m prepared to support him as a Brave!!

Ted

February 24th, 2010
11:45 am

our “phenom” last year was hurt, he is still our phenom.

jake

February 24th, 2010
11:56 am

Obviously Hernandez injured himself sliding headfirst into that base in the Dominican, just as Prado injured his thumb/hand last year sliding headfirst. Anyone sliding headfirst ought to be fined and sent to the Rookie League as remedial treatment for chronic stupidity.

Chief Pickanosa

February 24th, 2010
12:09 pm

Prado is a big time upgrade over Kelly Johnson. Look for him to have a very solid year. Dude is a good ball-player!

otiswassafe

February 24th, 2010
1:41 pm

I hope that Prado’s weight improvements can overcome some of the exertional headaches he had last year. This promises (fingers crossed) to be a longer season for him.

FEAR

February 24th, 2010
4:10 pm

We’ve got [Prado] in the lineup from the get-go this year, which could make a difference,” Cox said.

no $hit bobby. Why didn’t you realize this last year?

My Tomahawk Rocks

February 24th, 2010
5:58 pm

because, FEAR, kelly johnson ended the season with a furry the year before.

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