Prado placed on disabled list

The Braves placed All-Star second baseman Martin Prado on the 15-day disabled list with a fractured right pinkie Monday. Prado was informed of the move following batting practice before the series opener against the New York Mets.

“I was expected it,” Prado said minutes after meeting with Cox. “It’s better to have someone here who is 100 percent than me just sitting on the bench.”

Prado had more X-rays on Monday and saw team hand specialist Dr. Gary Lourie. Prado said there is a piece of bone on the tendon in the finger that is causing pain.

“They’re waiting for the swelling to go down to see how the tendon will react,” said Prado, who added he won’t wear a cast so he can ice the finger every 45 minutes. “Then they’ll probably put the bat in my hands to see how it feels.  It’s hard for me to be sitting around not doing anything.  I have to be doing something and this injury is not going to stop me from doing my work.”

The move is retroactive to Saturday, the day after he injured the finger sliding into home plate in the 10th inning of a 6-4 win at Cincinnati. The Braves purchased the contract of infielder Diory Hernandez from Triple-A Gwinnett to take Prado’s roster spot. Prado has missed three games with the injury and is eligible to return from the disabled list on Aug. 15 for a home game against Los Angeles.

With the injury requiring more time to heal, the Braves felt it was better to bring up a healthy player rather than play short-handed.

“The smart thing to do,” Cox said after the game. “We don’t think he could have played until 10 or 11 more days, so it didn’t make sense to rush it at all. It’ll give him time to heal up.”

Prado said he will continue to ice the finger and take medication. He took one-handed swings, with his left arm, in the indoor batting cages Monday before shagging fly balls during batting practice.

“I have to be 100 percent and I’m not,” a disappointed Prado said. “For some reason the doctor believed I could come back before they expected.  But I’m going to put all my effort into getting better. It’s going to be a pretty good challenge.

Prado is the Braves leading hitter, and tied for fifth in the National League, with a .315 average. The leadoff hitter leads the NL in hits and multi-hit games, is second in runs scored, third in doubles and fifth in total bases.

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Wooderson

August 2nd, 2010
5:35 pm

SEASON OVER!!

Wooderson

August 2nd, 2010
5:36 pm

Pickin' Daisies

August 2nd, 2010
5:37 pm

@wooderson your replacing an allstar with an allstar. the season is hardly over.

amicusterrae

August 2nd, 2010
5:39 pm

seriously. Infante will get some needed at bats. We’ll be ok. Bigger problems are CF, 3B, and 1B!

TheFan

August 2nd, 2010
5:41 pm

Just the 15 day DL, I hope? That’s not much worse than the 7-10 that was expected.

Where's Joe Thurston

August 2nd, 2010
5:41 pm

Why Diory? The last thing we need is another light hitting middle infielder trying to rehab. Joe T. is having a so-so season at Gwinnett, but has proven to hit better than Diory at MLB level, more versatile on defense and he is not coming off of a rehab assignment. Head-scratcher!

Unknown Hinson

August 2nd, 2010
5:41 pm

Whos being brought up? Diory?

tyler nj brave

August 2nd, 2010
5:42 pm

That’s not that bad of news….Prado needs to come back at 100%…Infante won’t be that much of a downgrade, it just hurts the bench a bit

Puma

August 2nd, 2010
5:46 pm

yeah, they are really just creating a roster spot, no biggie. It sucks martin is out, but shouldn’t kill us, unlike the black hole that is Troy Glaus

wardo

August 2nd, 2010
5:46 pm

Infante needs to be playing everyday anyway. But I agree that we need Prado at 100% when he returns. Who they called up doesn’t really matter…it is probably based on speed as Diory will more than likely only see time as a pinch runner. Like another person mentioned earlier, Infante is not our problem. Our problem lives at 1st base. That is where your worries should be focused.

Marteeeennnnnn

August 2nd, 2010
5:48 pm

2 down 13 to go…

coach smith

August 2nd, 2010
5:48 pm

Bring up FREEMAN!!!!!!!!!!

Pennant Time

August 2nd, 2010
5:49 pm

To Mr. Wooderson. You should be happy football season is almost here. Gives you something else to watch. Go be first on the Falcon site.

tyler nj brave

August 2nd, 2010
5:50 pm

plus when Martin gets back he’s going to give the braves a nice boost (whether we’re winning or losing) into the final month and a half

Chip Caray's Mousse

August 2nd, 2010
5:54 pm

2B is the least of our worries. I’m more concerned about our weaknesses at 1B and 3B. We’re not going to win any pennant races with our 1B guy going 0-fer and whiffing every day and our “power-hitting” 3B guy hitting soft singles.

Chip Caray's Mousse

August 2nd, 2010
5:54 pm

2B is the least of our worries. I’m more concerned about our weaknesses at 1B and 3B. We’re not going to win any pennant races with our 1B guy going 0-fer and whiffing every day and our “power-hitting” 3B guy hitting soft singles.

adam

August 2nd, 2010
5:54 pm

i hope the prado injury is not worse than they are making it. they started out by saying that knowing prado they would not be surprised if he missed three or four games and was back in there to saying 7 to 10 days, to 15 day DL. can only hope

Mathman

August 2nd, 2010
5:54 pm

Diory is the correct choice. He was hitting over .300, much better than Thurston. He also is a true SS in case Gonzo gets hurt. I actually think Diory will hit in the ML. He is much like Prado. He has hit at every level except the brief time in the ML. He did hit a HR for the Braves in his brief time though.

It still would be nice to DL Glaus and get Freeman up though.

tyler nj brave

August 2nd, 2010
5:54 pm

alright coach smith, i’ve heard enough of that. do you remember schafer? (don’t say its because of injuries because he isn’t hitting or playing for that matter in AA). Heyward was a special case, get over it. Let Freeman get seasoned and maybe we’ll see him when they expand the rosters. We lose our best position players confidence we’re in a world of hurt.

I’ve heard a lot of people saying “but look at Ike Davis and what he’s done for the mets.” Ike Davis played at ASU and was already ready for the Major Leagues at 23. Freeman is 20, be patient.

Where's Joe Thurston

August 2nd, 2010
5:55 pm

It’s pretty clear they don’t want to rush Freeman and I doubt they want to throw in the towel on Glaus. He is streaky, and his legs look like they are really barking. He has a ring, and that is who you need out there. While Joe T. vs. Diory is not a big deal, i guess, I would hate to see the Braves in any one run games late over the next 2 weeks and have to fall back on him to deliver when he hit .135 last year. Braves have not been their best in the clutch late recently, so more MLB hits come with Joe T.

Chip Caray's Mousse

August 2nd, 2010
5:55 pm

@adam — I think they just didn’t want to take any chances with our star player, and we needed a backup INF in the event something happens to Omar (or a game goes into extras).

hangman

August 2nd, 2010
5:55 pm

here comes the fade out

Frank from KS (now living in CO)

August 2nd, 2010
5:55 pm

Hey, folks….it could’ve been worse…like a season ending injury. The 15 DL isn’t as bad as it could’ve been.

The Braves will be fine for a week or two.

jmart

August 2nd, 2010
5:56 pm

With Conrad available for 2nd and 3rd, Hinske for 1st and outfield and Infante for 2nd, short, third and outfield I do not see a need for Diory. I would have brought up Barbarosa (sp?) to use daily as a right handed power hitting, good average hitting pinch hitter.

turkeycaller

August 2nd, 2010
5:57 pm

This organization only had a small amount of tread left on the tires. This loss, even if only for a short time, could easily be more than just a flat. It could be a blow out. Our esteemed ownership didn’t give us the rubber to meet the road. Have no idea why I am comparing the Braves to tires but truthfully the analogy fits. We keep hitting spots where we have to spin and burn up a little more of that precious rubber. There is still a long, hard road ahead. We need new tires or at least good recaps. The Michelin man must be grinning.

tyler nj brave

August 2nd, 2010
6:00 pm

jmart the only way i could see canizares up is if Glaus goes on the DL for tired old legs

Out in Left Field

August 2nd, 2010
6:00 pm

Anyone else hear that the Braves just acquired Adam Dunn?

adam

August 2nd, 2010
6:01 pm

c c mousse
i agree. prado up until the injury had only missed one game all year. hopefully this will give him a chance to nurse any other nagging injury’s and get ready for the stretch run plus give “o” some at bats.

Frank from KS (now living in CO)

August 2nd, 2010
6:02 pm

turkeycaller – yeah, your right…and Ankiel is NOT the offensive upgrade they needed.

Dawg'88

August 2nd, 2010
6:03 pm

Prado news means:

1) It may even be longer with that piece of bone being another problem.
2)Season will officially will be toast by the time he returns.
3)Diory comes up and fills no purpose (but will fit in with this team…can’t hit either).
4) Prado said its better than having him just there to sit on the bench…WRONG! Now this means Booby will do the predictable thing he always.does….he will ut Diory in the games starting and say…gotta get him some at bats. Just another automatic out.

5)A sad ending to what was a promising season.

JOD

August 2nd, 2010
6:04 pm

Can we please have a refund on Gonzalez now? Good Grief, we got swindled!!! It blows about Prado, but best if he is going to be out for a short stint.

P'cola Brave

August 2nd, 2010
6:05 pm

People need to quit flip flopping on Glaus. At the beginning of the year he was the most hated guy next to Chavez. Then he plays well and was savior. Now hes struggling again and people want to run him out of town. Hes a streaky hitter. Always has been and always will. He’ll warm back up eventually. In the meantime I’d platoon him with Hinske so he can get some time off and give Diaz some more at bats.

Dawg'88

August 2nd, 2010
6:05 pm

Out In Left Field…give those kind of posts a rest will ya!
Geez.

jmart

August 2nd, 2010
6:07 pm

Another thought, If Cox has decided (apparantly so) not to use KK out of the bullpen then send him to AAA and bring up Barbarosa (sp?). I personally do not feel that KK is useless (like BC does). KK, if given enough work, pitching the 6th inning or 7th, every 3rd day I believe would be a solid performer. He was always competitive against the other teams better pitchers. I do not know why Cox carries a 7th reliever because he never uses the last man in the pen (maybe once every 10 days – more than that in KK’s case). Bring up a power bat to come off the bench.

Cox has always overused his best relievers. If Minor was called in to replace KK we would have 7 very good relievers and Cox should use them all. When over worked Saito gives up runs, Wagner gives up runs and soon, if Cox is not careful Venters will start giving up runs (You saw the homerun a couple of games back that took us to extra innings).

Before KK could be effective again he would need to go back to AAA to build up arm strength and work on location of pitches.

jmart

August 2nd, 2010
6:10 pm

Tyler NJ Brave: Thanks for the help on the name Canizaries

Dawg'88

August 2nd, 2010
6:11 pm

Some above think Diory will hit in the ML because he has it .300 this year.
Here are his ML stats so far (he might as well not take a bat to the plate with him):

Batting Stats
Year G AB R H HR RBI BB SO SB CS OBP SLG AVG
Total 33 85 6 12 1 6 6 22 0 1 .198 .212 .141

22 Ks in only 85 at bats (1 every 4 ABs) Yep…he’ll hit here…LOL!
Prado could do better hitting one handed. Wasted call up.
White flag decision.

jmart

August 2nd, 2010
6:14 pm

I believe that the waiver wire does not begin until tomorrow. At that time each team can place up to 7 players on the wire and continue that process throughout the month. A player can only be put on waivers one time during the month.

Missing: Impact SS from Blue Jays

August 2nd, 2010
6:18 pm

Wanted: Information leading to successful find of a certain player that was on his way to ATL in a trade, to impact the Braves offense/defense.

Reward: A possible MLB player at SS instead of just a body.

fredi is next

August 2nd, 2010
6:19 pm

season over? DL stint for a knuckle? Now that’s seeing the cup half full…

bgvt

August 2nd, 2010
6:22 pm

I’m sure Joe Thurston is a nice guy….but he is hitting .249 in AAA this year. He is a 31-year old with a career MLB BA of .225. He is a LH batter who hasn’t hit lefties well this year (so he would fit right into the Braves’ line up).

Diory is hitting .319 in AAA with 30 games back from the DL. He is 26 years old — still relatively young. His natural position is SS. “Where is Joe T” is viewing Diory’s 85 ABs at the ML level last year as a large enough sample to tell us much about his ability.

It isn’t a big deal either way, but I think Diory is the guy to call up. (I would certainly rather see him at the plate than Hicks.) I also don’t expect Diory to get any starts — unless AG gets hurt. When Hicks came up this year, Bobby did not start him. In fact, he was mostly a pinch runner (13 games got him 6 innings in the field and 6 plate appearances). So …. I’m not sure that “Bobby always finds playing time for call-ups”. Infante will get most of the starts at 2B, but Conrad might get a start or two.

Alan 10

August 2nd, 2010
6:25 pm

This is going to tell us what type of a team we have, let’s hope they get it together and start winning again, Omar needs to stay in the leadoff and set the table like Prado has been doing. COM’ON BRAVES!!!

Minion

August 2nd, 2010
6:27 pm

Chris Resop placed on waivers. Someone will be called up yes? Freeman yes?

bgvt

August 2nd, 2010
6:28 pm

Dawg ‘88: Who would you have called up instead? Freeman doesn’t make much sense. I’m all for giving Glaus a few days rest, but Hinske was signed to play back-up 1B. Hicks? Thurston? Over his last 3 years of AAA ball, Diory has hit right at .300. I can’t guarantee that he will hit — I don’t really expect much from him. However, I also don’t see what other choices make sense.

Long Time Braves Fan

August 2nd, 2010
6:31 pm

I don’t like hearing about the bone resting on the tendon, sounds like it could be a lot worse then they thought. I still think we need Freeman’s bat, Glaus look so sad lately, not going to get much out of him.

Diory

August 2nd, 2010
6:31 pm

Diory is a solid defender. To those asking for a Freeman call up: We just dl’d a middle infielder and you want to replace him with a 1B??????? AHAHAHAHAHAHA! Stupidity runs rampant here, doesn’t it?

Long Time Braves Fan

August 2nd, 2010
6:37 pm

Diory, nope we need a power hitter, I do not say don’t bring up Diory. I mean get rid of KK to open a roster spot for Freeman.

al

August 2nd, 2010
6:40 pm

JOD, what sort of refund do you suggest? Surely you don’t want Escobar back here, the Braves might mess up that winning chemistry they have since he was traded.

Where's Joe Thurston

August 2nd, 2010
6:40 pm

Thurston can play middle infield, 3B and OF. He’s a career .225 MLB hitter, but he is 29 and can run well and get a bunt down – exactly what we need in the late innings.

Joe T. will only make $475k or so if he comes up vs. Diory, who would likely get the prorated $400k MLB minimum. He had a good spring and battled old “Raw Dawg” Conrad (one of my favorites) for the 25th spot.

My only concern that if Infante gets banged up a bit we lose offensive depth, which is thin now anyway. Prado could be on DL 2-3 weeks before he rahabs and is ready to go.

Diory is going to play less than Brandon Hicks did, but you are essentially playing with a 23 man roster as he won’t be able to help much offensively, and KK has thrown only 1 inning in the month of July. That is $8mm that is not helping the cause right now either. But you can’t dump him b/c you’d have to eat his salary and nobody made any real effort to take the well rested Kawakami off our hands.

I want to be positive. I am pulling for Glaus and the Braves bats to heat up. I have seen this team for a long time. Historically, the Braves do not play small ball, thus they hit into more GDPs than extra base hits with RISP, especially late.

Robert

August 2nd, 2010
6:41 pm

Thurston isn’t on the 40 man roster.

912 Dawg

August 2nd, 2010
6:43 pm

Braves need a win tonight!!!!!! Go Braves

tyler nj brave

August 2nd, 2010
6:46 pm

gonzalez and glaus go a combined 6 for 8 tonight with 2 doubles and a hr

Where's Joe Thurston

August 2nd, 2010
6:47 pm

Right. He was a non-roster invitee but sign a free agent 1 yr. deal in January. If you got him, you might as well use him. He is playing every day at Gwinnett. Not flashy, but better option than Diory as smarter base runner, better gap power and more versatile defensively. Range may not be as good at ss-2b, but likely not going to help so much there.

kneecap

August 2nd, 2010
6:57 pm

I dont understand. If Glaus is hurt why not sit him down? Every team knows he has become any easy out. I understand the man is hurting. Can u not sit down a dude for a week? What diff. will it make?

Darryl Blackberry

August 2nd, 2010
7:04 pm

Um, Diory is hitting quite well. What’s the beef?

As for Glaus being hurt, well, I don’t think he’s actually injured or anything, or he’d be sitting again. He’s just got stiff knees because, to put it bluntly, he’s old. He just needs to be spelled once in a while by Hinske.

Dan

August 2nd, 2010
7:11 pm

“I was expected it.” Too bad Ozzie Guillen’s wish of an interpreter for each player hasn’t come true yet. Seriously, though, this is only a real blow because of BC’s coaching. What I mean by this is that Infante can easily fill in, so it weakens the bench, but it would be a much bigger loss if BC had any balls and had Infante starting at 3B instead of CJ hitting .250 and popping up because he has no bat speed anymore. Ideal lineup?

3B – Infante
2B – Prado
RF – Heyward
C – McCann
LF – Diaz
1B – Hinske
SS – Gonzalez
CF – Ankiel

Dan

August 2nd, 2010
7:13 pm

And against LHP, substitute Melky in CF and Freeman at 1B.

Diory

August 2nd, 2010
7:15 pm

Braves Fan: No doubt we need the pop and KK is wasting away in the ‘pen. I have no clue as to what should be done with KK. Freeman will most likely get called up when the rosters expand and it’s understandable to want him in the majors now. I feel that Diory best fills the roster need NOW. He would not get the call up otherwise. Diory over Freddie is the right move for now with Prado out.

Kneecap: I thought we should’ve sat Glaus a month ago when we first heard about his knee. You can’t get healthy playing on sore/injured knees. I’m sure he felt he could play through the pain and hindsight is always 20/20. Pretty much everyone is hurting right now.

jake

August 2nd, 2010
7:20 pm

Once again the question has to be asked: how long are the Braves going to tolerate head-first slides? Heyward and Prado have both been hurt this year sliding headfirst, and others have been in the past. The definition of doing the same thing over again and expecting a different outcome is insanity. Sliding headfirst is a near-guarantee of an injury.

[...] Martin Prado was placed on the disabled list before Monday night’s game against the New York Mets. Prado was injured on a slide at home over the weekend in Cincinnati. The move is retroactive to this past Saturday and will be eligible to return on August 15th. [...]

Dawgfan0711

August 2nd, 2010
8:54 pm

Please call up Freddie Freeman or find someone who doesn’t look like he is 90 years old to play first base. If you say Troy Glaus lumbers around it would be a compliment for him. Just missed a throw over from Tim Hudson, the throw wasn’t perfect but most high school first basemen catch that ball. He can’t move his feet. Let’s face it, he isn’t helping with the bat either. I don’t know if FF is good defensivly but i do know he can’t be worse. The offensive numbers he has put up in the minors warrants an opportunity for him. I can’t take watching Glaus anymore. Maybe FF will provide a spark, just saying it couldn’t hurt.

hAL

August 2nd, 2010
10:21 pm

maybe we might want to worry bout the two hole i havebt seen haystack hit a ball hard since the cough thumb injury cough cough must be about time for another excuse errr uinjury how bout the ole disslocated eye brow?hes wonderful too at covering for errent throws in the infield the one in washington that chipper threw into right fiels bounced around tell the nats runners finnaly got tired and stooped todays bad pick off throw took like 35 scxonds to get back to the infield ohh hes rookie of the year material all right maybe in gwinnett

JRW7

August 2nd, 2010
10:23 pm

Play Henske at 1st and put TG on DL!!!!!!!

ARealBravesFan

August 2nd, 2010
11:15 pm

KK is in the pen for when a starter tanks and only goes 2 innings or so. If you look at KK’s splits he struggles in the first and second innings and then settles down in the third and fourth before regressing in the fifth and beyond. Personally, I don’t believe it’s a good idea to put him in in the 7th inning and have damage done before he settles down while the Braves are playing meaningful games. Also, I’m pretty sure it says in his contract that he can’t be sent to AAA so just forget about that.

Mike Minor and Freedie Freeman

August 2nd, 2010
11:39 pm

DOB. What are the chances we make it to the show before September?

kelly

August 2nd, 2010
11:54 pm

Hey Wooderson
SUCK IT!

Southpaw

August 3rd, 2010
6:17 am

When Prado returns, he will become our 1st baseman.

lifelong braves fan

August 3rd, 2010
9:40 am

hal, heyward is hitting .323 with a 428 obp since coming back from injury. not exactly a sore spot.

Keith

August 3rd, 2010
10:29 am

While sometimes I can get frustrated with our lack of a true power hitter, it shows that having a true team where you are very good (not great) 1-8 in the lineup and have a strong bench….sometimes that means more than having a couple of superstars.

Take out Prado batting .315.

Insert Infante batting .338 (or somewhere around there).
:)

NY Frenchy

August 3rd, 2010
3:02 pm

When Prado gets back, he needs to start at 1st & bench Glaus, put Infante @ 2nd, start Ankiel in CF everyday until he proves he cant hit lefties, & platoon Diaz/Hinske in left, that is your best lineup, we cant have Chipper & Glaus playing everyday with no production, & Chipper has earned his spot over Glaus so Hello bench Glaussy!

Javy( steroids) Lopez

August 3rd, 2010
3:09 pm

KK & McOut will be put on waivers by Sept.1, Glaus will be put on DL when Prado comes back & Freeman will be called up to play part time with Prado taking over 1st & Infante taking over 2nd if the Bravos are smart, next year with no KK contract & Chipper retiring we will have lots of money available, were just stuck with D Lowe tho! lol Go Bravos comprende’ Senor’?

The Lemmer

August 3rd, 2010
3:16 pm

This is your best lineup when Prado gets back, 1. Prado 2. Infante 3. Heyward 4. McCann 5. Chipper 6. Gonzo 7. Ankiel 8. Diaz/ Hinske, put Prado @ 1st, Infante @ 2nd & lets see what happens! Chop Chop!

Braves Fan Since "80

August 3rd, 2010
4:40 pm

I say we trade hudson for the bad throw to first…it has got to be the last straw…. we traded our best infielder when a throw got waway, we might as well trade our best pitcher….maybe the problem is a poor 1st baseman?

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