Prado DL decision expected Monday (updated)

CINCINNATI – A decision on whether to put Martin Prado on the disabled list wasn’t expected to be made until Monday, Braves general manager Frank Wren said.

Braves officials were waiting to see how the All-Star second baseman would feel a couple of days after he fractured his right pinky sliding head-first at home plate in Friday’s win against the Reds.

Since the diagnosis made on Saturday called for him to miss at least 7-1o days, it seemed likely the Braves would put him on the 15-day DL, rather than play short-handed for a week or longer.

Manager Bobby Cox did, however, say that if anyone could return quicker, it was Prado.

If Prado is DL’d, middle infielder Diory Hernandez might be the leading candidate for a call-up from Triple-A Gwinnett. Henandez has reached base in 27 consecutive games at Gwinnett.

Prado’s injury could have been much worse.  Braves fans feared the All-Star leadoff man might be out a lot longer after he was hurt sliding  in the 10th inning of Friday’s 6-4 win. Torn ligaments or a break more severe than the one he sustained — a stable avulsion fracture –  might have required far more healing time than a week or a 15-day DL stint.

“There was a hole right beside home plate,” Prado said. “My finger stuck in it. I didn’t see the hole. I was just trying to reach for home plate, and that finger stuck in the hole. That’s when I felt the pain.

“I felt it. I knew it was going to be something … not normal. It was not normal pain.”

X-rays taken after the game were inconclusive, and the diagnosis was made after Prado was evaluated by a doctor in Cincinnati just after noon Saturday. He’ll see a Braves hand specialist on Monday.

Cox had said the Braves would wait until Sunday or Monday to decide whether to place Prado on the 15-day disabled list. They wanted to see how Prado after a couple of days of rest.

“If anybody can get back in the lineup quickly, it’d be him,” Cox said. “He’s tough.”

An avulsion fracture is an injury to the bone where a tendon or ligament attaches to the bone. When such a fracture occurs, the tendon or ligament pulls off a piece of the bone. Prado might be able to throw in a couple of days, but might not be able to swing a bat for at least a week.

Although the news could have been worse, his frustration was obvious as Prado hung around the clubhouse during the weekend games, watching videos of his at-bats.

“I don’t want to be out,” he said. “I just want to get back. Because the most important games are coming up. To not be part of it is just so frustrating…. The only game I missed [this season] was when Bobby told me I was getting a day off.”

“I’m just probably going to swallow this, take those 10 days to get physically 100 percent. When I come back just pick up where I left off, don’t lose my approach. Mentally prepare.”

There are few players that any team would miss more than the Braves would miss Prado for an extended stretch.

His  .315 batting average ranked third in the National League, and he leads the league in hits (138) and the majors in multi-hit games (44). Since moving into the leadoff role in mid-May, he’s hit .322 with a .362 on-base percentage from the top of the order.

“I don’t care about my numbers,” he said. “I care that we stay in first place. I think we’ve got a team to make the playoffs. That’s the only thing I think about. Numbers go away. Just play as a team, make the playoffs and maybe the World Series, that means a lot to me.”

585 comments Add your comment

Bama

July 31st, 2010
1:31 pm

rob

July 31st, 2010
1:32 pm

FW needs to make a trade now!

Josh

July 31st, 2010
1:32 pm

a lot better news than i was expecting

J Clay

July 31st, 2010
1:33 pm

DOB – any trades sitll in the works for the Bravos? Know it’s not likely but sure would like to get Dunn…Having Prado out is certainly going to hurt a lot, but rather go ahead and DL him to give a few more extra days so we have him healthy for stretch run plus rather not play short handed for next week and a half…

Bama

July 31st, 2010
1:33 pm

In all seriousness, Prado is the most important part of this team. If he’s only out for 1 week, it’s a huge blessing. I’m skeptical that he can avoid DL though…

scottbravesfan

July 31st, 2010
1:35 pm

If he’s only out a week it’s not too bad because Infante can fill in for him but if he’s out the whole 15 days could let the Phillies catch up to us. Hopefully it’s not that long.

Puma

July 31st, 2010
1:36 pm

If Gonzalez doesn’t play, are we a middle infielder short? I can’t think of who else can play 2B or SS, can Conrad fill in in either or those spots?

I hope this doesn’t mean Blanco is going back to AAA

Donny Corleone

July 31st, 2010
1:38 pm

Conrad at 2B.

Wavingthewhiteflag

July 31st, 2010
1:39 pm

New team policy….no more head first slides. We don’t need this right now. The Phillies are on our tails and we aren’t doing a thing to improve the team. We need a trade today. I’m worried Wren is going to stand pat and then we are going to hear him go on and on about waiver claims in a few weeks. How he thinks there are going to be quality players available. Two players we should be making a serious run at…Adam Dunn and Jacoby Ellsbury. Nuff said

louisabrave

July 31st, 2010
1:39 pm

prado is so important to this team;s winning that I see we will have more numbers in loss column than in win column.
IF Omar goes to 2nd and Omar is the only one who could be Prado for awhile but then who plays short.
Gonzalez is not a sure bet as gastritis is something that can bite you again and again.
by the way, Yunel is hitting .358 for Toronto. evidently they know how to handle him….we didn’;t and that is a shame.
who else could play SS if Gonzo gets sick again……and Prado goes on DL…who do we have at Gwinnett?

tex is lame

July 31st, 2010
1:40 pm

Damn we dont need to make a move now do we? just ellsbury and we are good like this site says..

thebravechop.blogspot.com/

louisabrave

July 31st, 2010
1:41 pm

oopps, me bad! Conrad at 2nd is a good option and keep Omar at SS but we know Cox won’t keep Omar at short. he hits tooo good.

tex is lame

July 31st, 2010
1:41 pm

OMAR AT SHORT AND CONRAD AT SECOND!

tex is lame

July 31st, 2010
1:42 pm

HICKS SHOULD GET A CALL SOON

new blog policy

July 31st, 2010
1:42 pm

the words -nuff said- are forever banned!

Jim

July 31st, 2010
1:42 pm

When are these guys going to learn that sliding head-first has more bad possible outcomes than good? Jeez.

Bama

July 31st, 2010
1:42 pm

Conrad’s natural position is 2nd. We have enough guys to fill the middle infield. Question may become one of quality versus quantity though…

mike

July 31st, 2010
1:43 pm

Losing Prado is huge. Leadoff men impact on teams lineup is critical. Look at the Phils w/o Rollins and Mets without Reyes. To make it worse look at the next 10 starting pitchers the Braves will face….

Arroyo,Volquez,Santana,Dickey,Pelfrey,Linceum,Zito,Cain and J. Sanchez.

That’s tough for a lineup that has already been struggling as is.

tex is lame

July 31st, 2010
1:43 pm

and you cant take away head first slides. its baseball. sliding practice may be good though. he would not have scored and we may not have won if he didnt slide the way he did.

Wavingthewhiteflag

July 31st, 2010
1:44 pm

Kelly Johnson is being shopped…could help if Prado goes on the DL…and play LF when Prado comes back…Just sayin’

yo mamma

July 31st, 2010
1:45 pm

decent blog tex, did you break that before DOB did?

roja

July 31st, 2010
1:46 pm

Yunel hitting .358 for Toronto?? I remember a guy named Jeff Francoeur who was leading the Mets in batting average, HRs and rbis back in April. Yunel will be Yunel as soon as he gets called for an error he disagrees with and spazzes out for an inning or two.

extremus

July 31st, 2010
1:47 pm

The big elephant in the room isn’t second base; Infante can sub there effectively for awhile. No, it’s at first base, where Troy Glaus is officially carrying the torch for Nate McLouth. With labor negotiations just a couple of years away that may well change the current structure of free agency and level the market for small market teams to be able to keep their young stars (if MLB knows what’s good for it), Freddie Freeman couldn’t be a more obvious choice to bring up NOW. Get it done if you have any interest at all in winning this year, Frank Wren; the window can close overnight.

Wavingthewhiteflag

July 31st, 2010
1:47 pm

you can take away head first slides….some teams have mandated that star players not do it….or, outfit players with a “cast” like device for players to wear…posednik of the dodger (formerly of the Royals) has one he wears after breaking finger…2nd time this year we’ve lost a catalyst to a head first slide…but I guess that’s baseball…so is missing the playoffs

Mahmood Thompson

July 31st, 2010
1:49 pm

We need a good hitter Prado, Heyward, Mccan aren’t an army of hitters there three.
Our pitching is fine we need Dunn or another hitter I don’t care if we trade many “prospects” in Triple A to get him!!!!!!

Wavingthewhiteflag

July 31st, 2010
1:50 pm

I love Freeman, I think it may be wise to bring him up to give Glaus a extended breather. Maybe recharge his batteries. Don’t give up on him yet. We were all calling for his head in April and then he led the team in May to a lot of wins. If it wasn’t for him, we’re not in 1st. But I do need he needs a break….and a long one at that.

J Clay

July 31st, 2010
1:50 pm

Please don’t trade for Ellsbury! Play Gregor in center, Diaz in left, Hinske at first for 5 days…give Glaus some days off and he will be okay…If making a move go for Dunn, please no Ellsbury.

Mahmood Thompson

July 31st, 2010
1:50 pm

Troy Glaus WTF WTF!!!!! is wrong

Mahmood Thompson

July 31st, 2010
1:51 pm

Rumor has it we might get Cody Ross from da Marlins iz on MLB

FJ10

July 31st, 2010
1:51 pm

Yeah no more sliding head first(Ricky Henderson did it for 20 years) or trying to take second baseman out or diving for balls or trying to knock the ball out of the catchers hand. No more foul tips off the foot or shin and for goodness sake when a guy throws 90+ don’t get anywhere near the ball. Bunch of nansies.
Prado plays hard agressive baseball – it’s what got him here and he should never change.

Wavingthewhiteflag

July 31st, 2010
1:52 pm

we don’t have a lot of prospects in AAA, our strength is pitching in the lower levels…but, we’re not giving them up…and I don’t blame Wren for holding onto them….Medlen and Minor are going to be the ones to go if we make a “major” trade

roja

July 31st, 2010
1:53 pm

Maybe we can pick up KJ, Andruw, Frenchy, Cody Ross, Adam Dunn, and even convince Smoltzie to close for us. We need to fill in for Prado and counter the Phil’s move NOW :) :) :)

Mr. Melancholy

July 31st, 2010
1:54 pm

Glaus needs to be replaced. If not replaced, at least dropped in the batting order. Hit 5 of the weakest ground balls ever last night. Statues have more speed. If a runner had been on first base, it would have been 5 double plays. A rally killing machine.

louisabrave

July 31st, 2010
1:55 pm

Cody Ross is not much of an improvement….I like J Clay’s take: gregor in CF, Diaz in LF and Hinske on 1B. and to heck with whether the opponent’s pitcher is a righty or lefty. who says Matty can’t hit right handers. tis a mystery to this ole woman

Boisebrave

July 31st, 2010
1:55 pm

No way Minor goes. They need a lefty in the starting rotation . I have this feeling odd man out is Lowe.

Wavingthewhiteflag

July 31st, 2010
1:57 pm

Ricky did it for 20 years….but Heyward did it for 2 months and tore his hand up…and now Prado. I know it’s needed at times, but at other times it is not. We’ll see what happens next time we lose a team leader to a head first slide.

What’s wrong with Ellsbury….nothing. When he’s full strength in a few weeks he gives the team an X factor that we don’t have. Speed on the base paths drastically effects a game.

Vanfowler

July 31st, 2010
1:57 pm

I am tired of the silly, teenage girlish FIRST crap. Will the “guardian” of the website please not allow it?

roja

July 31st, 2010
1:57 pm

Sometimes the best trade is the one that you did NOT make.

Largo

July 31st, 2010
1:58 pm

DUMB DUMB DUMB! Apparently Prado didn’t learn a damn thing about sliding head first. He was out for a couple of months before with an injured hand when he slid into a base head first. It hurts the team when that happens to a player. Like the man said, players should be fined when sliding head first. I guess you can’t cure STUPID.

Wavingthewhiteflag

July 31st, 2010
1:59 pm

Gregor is not an every day CF, if he was…he would have been there a long time ago. He’s great for a short time…but not the whole season and not in the playoffs…we’ve had Gregor for how long and how many CF’s in that time….obviously someone doesn’t think he can handle it

rob

July 31st, 2010
2:02 pm

Roja – clearly you are either not a Braves fan or simply in the minority. How is this team going to win the division as constructed? look at our next ten games with a lineup that seriously is struggling. our competition has improved – Padres, Cardinals and PHILLIES. FW HAS to make a trade if he cares about winning period. We need a bat and an 8th inning reliever b/c since his injury Saito has s*it the bed

J Clay

July 31st, 2010
2:02 pm

Flag – He may not be option long term in center but neither is Ellsbury…they both have speed (so did McLouth) – I’d rather roll with Gregor than give up prospects for Ellsbury…Recall, Bobby did not think Prado was everyday material either until KJ was hurt – even after he came back they put him in over Prado for a week or two…Cox, for all his strengths, if he has made up his mind on someone tough to change his mind…The move to give up prospects for would be Dunn – though I doubt that will happen

Rhino

July 31st, 2010
2:02 pm

Ouch! On the bright side, Infante will finally get to play.

http://www.rhinorant.com

bobby

July 31st, 2010
2:04 pm

Why don’t some of the brilliant GM’s on here just trade KK and McLouth to the Reds for Votto and Cueto even up.

Chief Nock A Homa

July 31st, 2010
2:04 pm

As guardian of this website, I now no longer allow Vanfowler to comment!

(Spoken in a loud booming voice, of course)….

Jim

July 31st, 2010
2:05 pm

Akinori Iwamura appears to have regained his stroke at AAA. And I bet the Pirates would let him go cheap. Just sayin’.

J Clay

July 31st, 2010
2:05 pm

Hey bobby – can we sweeten the deal a bit and add in Chavez? They might be interested given last night’s performance! haha

George

July 31st, 2010
2:05 pm

Who made head first sliding popular in the major leagues?

Wavingthewhiteflag

July 31st, 2010
2:05 pm

I agree we need another arm in the ‘pen but I think that can wait until waivers. No point in paying a premium price for Downs, Frasor, Dotel, etc…. We could still bring up Kimbrel. We need bats….plural as in more than one. I like Seabass but where is the power he had in Toronto. We need proven players too. I’m glad Hart and Ross are off the market. They are one hit (if that many) wonders… I really don’t know why everyone is in love with Ross…his numbers aren’t great.

Tami

July 31st, 2010
2:05 pm

Man….there’s slightly less than 2 hours left before the trade deadline. Can’t the Braves make some kind of trade? They always need another bat. And they have one pitcher in the bullpen that is just dead weight…can’t use him (KK). An arm, a bat, or a callup would be nice. Yes. I know that the minors are entering their last month of the season. But, the Braves are trying to hold off the division contenders after they just got stronger. They need to stay at least five steps ahead.

By the way….glad Prado’s injury wasn’t more serious. My heart fell into my stomach last night when I saw him writhing in pain miliseconds after scoring in that headfirst slide. You’d think the rest of the team would learn from J-Hey’s DL stint to stay away from that sort of slide. Siggghhhhh…..

And, I think it’s ridiculous that the Yanks just got Lance Berkman. WHY did they need anyone else? Sometimes I think that a salary cap is needed just for certain teams so that parity can exist in the MLB as a whole.

Chief Nock A Homa

July 31st, 2010
2:06 pm

Seriously, might we be one of the mystery teams in on either Dunn or Manny?? I really can’t imagine Manny, just because of potential clubhouse issues, but have to believe FW is at least making a run at Dunn…

Either of those bats puts us at ease, though…

Uno Ocho

July 31st, 2010
2:07 pm

For all those banging on the head-first slide, it should be noted that Magglie Ordonez broke his ankle on 7/24 using a feet-first slide!

Heisenberg

July 31st, 2010
2:08 pm

Who was the guy Conrad beat out for the last roster spot in spring training? Was it Joe Thurston? I believe he is a utility type guy that would be a better choice than Hicks.

Wavingthewhiteflag

July 31st, 2010
2:11 pm

J Clay- Ellsbury has speed and can hit for average and has done so consistently at the ML level. I know that Bobby didn’t give Prado a chance…but Gregor has yet to prove he can do it….every time he fills in he starts off good and then cools…he is not and will not be an everyday CF…a nice piece for the bench and that is it.

[...] Reported by the AJC, Martin Prado has a fractured pinky and the guess is 7-10 days. Bobby will let Prado sit a couple days before making the decision on whether to place him on the disabled list. [...]

BB fan

July 31st, 2010
2:11 pm

DOBber, all i have to say is this, Al Rosen…1954 All Star game…look it up

Vanfowler

July 31st, 2010
2:12 pm

For unemployed Chief Nock A Homa……………I’m baaaaaaccccccckkk!

Wavingthewhiteflag

July 31st, 2010
2:12 pm

I too was wondering about Manny…but I don’t think he fits this clubhouse

The Real Don Steele

July 31st, 2010
2:12 pm

Yunel will be a good, hot dog player on a mediocre team. Hope he makes the Hall of Fame but he couldn’t be part of a championship caliber team where he’s not the big show. Prado’s success pushed him over the edge. So long and good luck!

Texas Braves Fan

July 31st, 2010
2:12 pm

Dodgers just got Lilly

Grandpa Right, formerly of Cochran

July 31st, 2010
2:14 pm

I’d rather get KJ back than Cody Ross- he could play 2nd for the next 2 weeks and then move to the OF after that. Neither is enough of an improvement to give up a strong prospect.

Escobar’s short-term success only PROVES that he can play when he wants to play. As far as I am concerned, it simply confirms that he needed to go. He’ll get bored with his new surroundings and the same old Esco will be back.

Blanco in CF and the 8th spot gives us a second leadoff man. Diaz every day is better thyan enyone else that has been mentioned in trade deals.

Chief Nock A Homa

July 31st, 2010
2:14 pm

Vanfowler’s not playing by the rules…

He now must be banned from all sites….

JK – don’t get all worked up over it….

Wavingthewhiteflag

July 31st, 2010
2:15 pm

i’d like to see Ohman back in our pen…he is lights out and does a great Harry Caray impression

Chief Nock A Homa

July 31st, 2010
2:15 pm

Manny doesn’t fit our clubhouse, but gotta think his bat would be exactly what would take us all the way…

Chief Nock A Homa

July 31st, 2010
2:19 pm

DOB – any thoughts on what FW might be doing???

It’s so quiet, don’t you think he might be exploring something fairly big?? Seems to be how he’s always operated…

Help Please!

July 31st, 2010
2:19 pm

No to Ross, he’s no help…..

Wavingthewhiteflag

July 31st, 2010
2:20 pm

I’m worried that it is quiet as far as the Braves are concerned…but there was nothing about the Esco-Seabass trade….so I’m okay with quiet as long as there is a big bang before 4

Wavingthewhiteflag

July 31st, 2010
2:20 pm

Ross is off the market since Coghlan got hurt….ok by me

Rufio

July 31st, 2010
2:21 pm

KJ sounds like a good fit for now. I am unsure if he signed for 2 years at Arizona though. He can play LF and 2nd Base just fine. Plus, he would not disrupt the chemistry of the team. Jeff Francouer is an option as well. Nobody bitched about him defensively and he can cover the 7th spot well. The expectations were too high the first time around. Prado will be missed. Thankfully Infante is there to help!

mike

July 31st, 2010
2:21 pm

Whoever says that headfirst slides should be banned should be banned. Whoever says that the Escobar trade is hurting the Braves should be banned. Whoever says that Bobby is an idiot should be banned. Whoever thinks that the Braves will be fine with Conrad starting ANYWHERE should be banned.

Daniel

July 31st, 2010
2:22 pm

what a bunch of pathetic losers to complain that Prado got injured hustling and sliding head first. Oh No a player got injured playing a game!!!! What a shock! Maybe any player who runs into a wall or gets hit by a pitch or dives for a grounder those guys should get “fined” too. Injury is part of the game. These are real humans playing a real game, not the computer fantasy game that you mom’s basement living, fish belly white, Dorito’s eating, man boob having losers are playing. Get a life.

Scrub

July 31st, 2010
2:25 pm

the fact that frank wren can’t get creative and find us a servicable outfield bat is driving me crazy

Help Please!

July 31st, 2010
2:25 pm

Prado got hurt playing the game the way it should be played. All out to win! Pete Rose style. get over it DA. Prado is a gamer! Gives 110% all the time, team player, U do what U have to to win.

Daniel

July 31st, 2010
2:28 pm

Dave- Is it safe to assume that Prado’s injury isn’t going to require a surgical pin? I know other avulsion fractures can require pinning. Will have a cast for a few days? Although I am hopeful, the description of the injury sounds worse than a 10 day stint.

tyler nj brave

July 31st, 2010
2:28 pm

enough with the head first slide talk…..plain and simple, if he didn’t hurt his hand you would have said what a beautiful slide it was.

Get Ellsbury…..makes our team that much more potent because heyward goes into an RBI spot in the line up

David C

July 31st, 2010
2:29 pm

We should have got Dunn two years ago instead of that broken down left fielder. can’t even remember his name now

Williamshakespeare

July 31st, 2010
2:29 pm

He may not be option long term in center but neither is Ellsbury…they both have speed (so did McLouth) – I’d rather roll with Gregor than give up prospects for Ellsbury
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Agree. Ellsbury is basically an invention of ESPN. He’s nothing special – I would not give up anything decent on the farm for this guy. It’d be one thing if he were great defensively, which he isn’t, or had a really great career OBP, which he doesn’t. He’s got speed, but doesn’t get on enough.

I wouldn’t mind him as a bench guy, but to give up real prospects and make him the every day CF? No way.

Scrub

July 31st, 2010
2:30 pm

I know Rick Ankiel has missed all but 30 games of the season, but in the 10 games since he has been back he is hitting the ball hard and with base hits. why wouldnt we take a flier on him?

Chief Nock A Homa

July 31st, 2010
2:31 pm

Scrub – he’s already gone to the Padres..

tim

July 31st, 2010
2:32 pm

Hinskie needs to play first, so we can rest Glaus. A long rest. And we need to pray that Cox doesn’t get Greg Norton back before the deadline. Our great manager Cox who all last year pinch hit Norton ahead of Conrad.

Chief Nock A Homa

July 31st, 2010
2:33 pm

Oooops sorry Scrub – it was Ludwick, not Ankiel… Could be a help…

bvillebaron

July 31st, 2010
2:34 pm

J Clay and others:

Jacoby Ellsbury would be a MAJOR upgrade for a team that is woefully short on speed. Any one who feels that Blanco is a better player than Ellsbury needs a serious reality check!

Wavingthewhiteflag

July 31st, 2010
2:34 pm

ankiel is still with the royals

jj

July 31st, 2010
2:36 pm

I just enjoy it when the GM’s on this blog say who is a every-day player and who is not.You never know until someone is given the chance.(Prado for instance).Blanco needs a chance and Thurston would be a better call-up than Hicks.He has ML experience and can play second as well as third.You know we need an extra player for thirdbase fropm time to time.As foir Yunel,I still say it was a bad trade.Our next manager might have done a better job of relating to YE,but BC made sure we will never know.A potential superstar get traded for a journeyman.Oh yeah.did Bobby jump Chipper for not running on a pop up with two outs?Oh no,his oblique or his whatever was hurting him,but for the first time in many moons he don’t go on DL.Amazing,isn’t it?Prado get well,because you are due arbitration and you know you are not a back-up catcher,so beware.GO BRAVES….. .

Gary

July 31st, 2010
2:37 pm

Right……120+ steals in 2 seasons is nothing special, but somehow Gregor Blanco and his part time .300 avg is? Ok…..glad to know that ESPN conjured up all those steals and those .300 avgs. were just flukes. Geez and some of your arm chair GMs called Frank Wren stupid.

Scrub

July 31st, 2010
2:37 pm

I know his history is injury prone, but he is not owed a lot of money. i would be the same type of move like Glaus.

James

July 31st, 2010
2:38 pm

Church traded to D-Backs..

J Clay

July 31st, 2010
2:40 pm

DId not say Blanco better than Ellsbury….but did say I would not give up prospects for Ellsbury, rather would take my chances with Blanco….Dunn is worth trading prospects for IMO but not Ellsbury

JW3

July 31st, 2010
2:41 pm

Anyone watching Prado throwing himself at the plate last night, or seeing Heyward launching himself for an extra base on one of his self-created doubles, should recognize something larger about the players many blog-posters so blithely eviscerate with their snide commentary. These extraordinary athletes may look indifferent standing at the plate– slack and barely engaged as they try to master pitches being thrown at them. A truer image of the intensity they bring is in the base-running and especially the slides, throwing themselves headlong and perhaps even unwisely at the bag (you could see it in the just-plunked Medlen going into second-base last night, doing what he could to prevent a double play). Prado’s slide last night showed him frantic to touch home– how COULD he let his right arm get under there– risking himself and the career that is opening-up for him to score a run the Braves finally didn’t even need. That effort is implicit in every at-bat, every pitch thrown. The brotherhood of cheap-shot writers on this blog need to acknowledge that.

Daniel

July 31st, 2010
2:41 pm

Ellsbury is clearly a better player than Blanco. To say anything else is just silly, but is Ellsbury better than Blanco enough to make up for what you would have to give up to get him? That is a reasonable question, but the problem is we have no idea what the Red Sox would want in return if they were even interested in moving him.

SCBravesFan

July 31st, 2010
2:42 pm

it’s not imperative that Frank make a trade by 4 pm today…

it’s imperative to made the deal by the end of August. Today is the “soft” deadline. End of August is the “hard” deadline to add players for the post season roster.

I’d rather make the right deal by the end of August than make a bad deal by 4 pm today.

J Clay

July 31st, 2010
2:43 pm

Latest tweet from DOB says likely Braves get a trade done for a reliever and/or hitter…

ozzie

July 31st, 2010
2:43 pm

Ross is a waste of a move and if it happens its b/c the Braves are broke. Recall Bowman said after the winter moves were completed the Braves had maybe 1.5-2mm left for a bat at the deadline.

Well they spent that money on Gonzo.

It is no mystery why Wren has made no moves – he has no more salary room. I hope to be proved wrong (massively wrong in fact) but no move or getting a mediocre guy like Ross or a no name reliever screams “we are flat broke”

Wren would have to be high to think waiting on Nate and Diaz was an important step for his post season aspirations.

Come on, Nat has been bad since the late Summer of 2009 and Diaz does the same thing after every DL stint – he hits like Babe Ruth for 30-45 days then tanks.

How are a bench player and a wrecked CF key variables for a team serious chasing a ring?

Answer – they only are when you are at your payroll ceiling with zero flexibility from your corporate owner.

The brass is likely more worried about paying Glaus and or Saito’s accelerators than they are getting a impact power bat for the OF.

Wren is hoping Chipper retires, FF is ready, Gonzo hits 25hrs/yr until he leaves and Carl Crawford returns his phone call come November.

I doubt he is financially prepared to go “all in” this year.

I posted this now to look like at goat at 4pm!!!! I hope my bell and collar are ready in 90min. :)

Williamshakespeare

July 31st, 2010
2:44 pm

The thing about Ellsbury is, he’s often over matched by good pitching. He’s just not that good. He’s a guy you like in small samples – the daily grind exposes him for what he is: great speed/bad jumps/no arm in OF. great speed/mediocre bat/average OBP at the plate.

I think people get mesmerized by the idea of speed for it’s own sake. But in baseball, there’s a reason why slugging trumps speed. You can’t steal first base.

tim

July 31st, 2010
2:45 pm

Who knows on Escobar? I think Yunel needs to find a manager who understands that when he dyes the top of his hair blonde that it is really a testament to how focused he is on baseball.

Wavingthewhiteflag

July 31st, 2010
2:46 pm

the braves need to move today….waiting until the end of august is going to sink this team…the phillies made up 5 games in a week and have added another #1 pitcher….we need to counter today….or in another week we’ll be looking up at the phillies in the standings

shmoe

July 31st, 2010
2:46 pm

oswalt is no longer a no. 1

David O'Brien

July 31st, 2010
2:47 pm

SRI, I don’t think Braves were in on Ludwick this time. Not sure, but that’s my understanding.

Gary

July 31st, 2010
2:47 pm

There’s a problem with that Aug deadline though. If the Braves find a player that they covet on the waiver wire, then being a first place team doesn’t help when everyone else gets a chance to make a claim on that player before you can. And then if you are lucky enough to find the right guy and claim him, you have to come up with a match for the team giving him up. The only players who slip through are those owed a large sum of money. The Braves are not going to claim those players and the ones they can afford are not going to fall to them on the waiver wire. Especially when teams who are chasing you have a chance to claim them first.

And yes…..anytime a player can legitimately give you 50 steals a season and be a threat at the top of your lineup….it is worth one or two prospects. Especially when that lead-off threat will make your whole lineup better. Who else on this roster now can do that?

J Clay

July 31st, 2010
2:47 pm

I hear Ken Griffey Jr is available and talking to the Braves again……jk

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