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.