Utley to DL paves way for Prado to start All-Star game

The Phillies placed second baseman Chase Utley on the disabled list Tuesday with a strained thumb, which should open the door for the Braves’ Martin Prado to start the All-Star game in Anaheim.

Utley has had a commanding lead in the voting all along and was more than one million votes ahead of the second-place Prado in the latest tally released Tuesday. Prado was relying on National League manager Charlie Manuel to name him a reserve but now it seems Manuel will be doing more than that.

“He should have had it anyway,” Braves manager Bobby Cox said of a starting spot for Prado.

Prado was leading the National League with a .331 batting average and the majors in hits (108) heading into Tuesday night’s game. He seemed more concerned with Utley’s loss than his own personal gain and a chance to start the first All-Star game of his career.

“I haven’t even been thinking about that to be honest with you,” said Prado, who wasn’t even a full-time starter at second base until this season. “I’ve been thinking about my team….It’s a shame for Chase. For me he’s one of the best hitters and players in the National League.”

Prado has had a bigger source of excitement recently. His mother is scheduled to arrive in Atlanta from his native Venezuela on Wednesday and plans to spend the rest of the season in the U.S. on a six-month visa.

Prado said of anyone he’d want to accompany him to an All-Star game in Anaheim, it’s her.

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Chip Caray's Mousse

June 29th, 2010
6:46 pm

He’s definitely more deserving than Utley anyway. On another plus side, maybe this will weaken the Phillies lineup and allow the Braves to take a more commanding first place lead without worrying about the third-place team catching up.

Apollo

June 29th, 2010
6:48 pm

Martin deserves this. Gotta love the guy. His whole attitude is one of the biggest reasons for this teams success. He’s just a winner.

breakfastchicken

June 29th, 2010
6:48 pm

Praydo for Prado

RHR

June 29th, 2010
6:50 pm

Nobody deserves it more. Enjoy it, Marteeeeeen.

YoungerThan ThatNow

June 29th, 2010
7:02 pm

Outstanding for Martin Prado!! He is a first class player and a first class person and I’m especially grateful that his mother is on her way… good for him… and good for us. We might see Martin’s play really “light up the night” now with her here!

bigstack19

June 29th, 2010
7:07 pm

Prado, Glaus, Hudson for sure should be All-Stars as well as Billy Wagner. Shame Heyward is hurt because I can’t see any other Braves being on the team. With Manuel picking the team Prado may be the only Brave there.

Sportsgirl

June 29th, 2010
8:58 pm

Martin is a great player and a great role-model for other players. has a great attitude and work ethic. very deserving!! Congrats!!

asheville dawg

June 29th, 2010
9:22 pm

he’s sure nuff earned it!

Fan since 1977

June 29th, 2010
9:49 pm

Darn right he’s earned it. Hell, if the Braves win the division he should be NL MVP. Just got his 110th hit.

Now, otherwise, why can’t we hit worth a crap tonight? Oh, that’s right, we don’t have a hitting coach.

Hey, we juat scored runs # 2 and 3 and chased their starter. I shall not give up hope.

Vote Republican.

Ben Rothensberger

June 29th, 2010
9:52 pm

Where the white women at?

Fan since 1977

June 29th, 2010
9:55 pm

On another blog, Ben. Try a college one.

7-2 at the end of 8. I’m going to bed; wake me if Conrad hits a walk off grand slam in the next inning.

dnickle

June 29th, 2010
9:58 pm

I’m with Bobby,”he should have had it anyway”. Congratulations Martin!

Hinske Da Man

June 29th, 2010
10:07 pm

Screw Chase Ugly, Prado deserves it way more then that grease head. Injury or not, justice prevailed for Prado.

bruce

June 29th, 2010
11:48 pm

fab news that Marteeen’s mom is going to be in country in time for all-star game… would be great if she can go.

Terry Dunlap

June 29th, 2010
11:55 pm

congrates Marteeeen. If only the rest of the Braves could play half as good as you do on a regular basis, they would be head and shoulders ahead of the pack!!! Enough said!!!

hAL

June 30th, 2010
12:19 am

i though id voted for playdough over a million times myself i have calloses on my finger from hiiting submit now chase uglys dled i coulda saved my time of all the braves mateens the most deserving no question and in some respect the only deserving although i can see huudy on the piching staff and wags too

hAL

June 30th, 2010
12:21 am

i meant huddy in the above post of course see what callosed tying fingers do to ya/ anyways way to go playdough you are awsome dude!!!!!

hAL

June 30th, 2010
12:26 am

in respect for mr coxs last season i now have my own nic names for the players prado is playdough cause he was upset when the nats publich relations guy mis pronounced his name some of the otthers unel is the uni bomber d lowe =d sinker when hes good i change one letter some nights lol

BravesFan

June 30th, 2010
7:47 am

Enjoy it Marteeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeen!

BravesFan

June 30th, 2010
7:47 am

I am the newer JJ, now BravesFan.

DoninAcworth

June 30th, 2010
8:52 am

He’s very deserving anyway. But it’s a popularity contest with “gang” voting by fans. How strange he’ll play but Heyward won’t! (Since ‘68).

GTSteve

June 30th, 2010
10:09 am

Welcome to the Blog BravesFan

adam

June 30th, 2010
10:15 am

prado deserves this more than any player in the league. off the subject rosenthal said that the braves are interested in right handed bat, maybe willingham, hart, bautista etc. he also mentioned de jesus who is left handed. the braves no doubt have players/prospects to land one of these guys but are they worth it? willingham and de jesus would be my pick despite harts good year but at what asking price?

Billy

June 30th, 2010
11:22 am

Make sure U vote today..the last day. (anything can happen)

Matt Henne

June 30th, 2010
12:17 pm

Utley is still the man, hes been playing all season hurt, Hes a HOFer, lets not compare the two yet. Grats to Prado.

ASN

June 30th, 2010
12:46 pm

What a stand up guy. Prado continues to impress on and off the field.

Plenty of K's !

June 30th, 2010
1:42 pm

Depends on how you see the AS game. Some see it like a circus that comes to town. They expect to see the lion tamers and the trapeze artists. Some want to see the stars no matter if they suck this year or not. Some want to see the guy whose name is mentioned on ESPN 15 times each day whether he is hitting his weight or not. Some want to see Strasburg there for the same reason….. they hear his name 15 times a day on ESPN AND MLB network. Hell if he loses a couple of games between now and the game, some will STILL want him named to the team! America is a country of short term memory, instant gratification and “look….something shiny!”

The other side of the coin is that some fans want to see the AS game as it was for years when the most deserving performers got the nod. Players and managers made the call. The earlier attempt at a fan vote went away after the fans stuffed the box and 8 REDS players started one year. That will happen again sometime, to be sure.

Utley is a great player but this year should be Prado’s year to start, just like past years should have been B.Mac’s year to start. At least with Utley on the DL, justice will be served.

Roy Hobbs

June 30th, 2010
1:43 pm

Prado is a stud.

Unknown Hinson

June 30th, 2010
1:58 pm

Favorite player on the team since last year… well deserved, have a good time with mama at Disneyland!

BobtheBlogger

June 30th, 2010
4:50 pm

What an upgrade Prado has been over KJ. KJ hit like Barry Bonds for two weeks, then hit like Hoyt Wilhelm for two weeks. Prado is the model of consistency, and does it with professionalism; a real asset for the Braves.

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