Prado feels pain after taking batting practice

Martin Prado felt pain in his broken right pinky finger when he took batting practice Friday, a sign that he likely won’t come off the disabled list by the weekend.

The All-Star second baseman is eligible to come of the 15-day disabled list on Sunday. His return to the lineup would be a boost for the Braves following the season-ending injury to Chipper Jones.

“The vibration is bothering me,” Prado said. “It stings a little bit.”

Prado was to take batting practice on the field prior to Friday’s series opener against the Dodgers. A brief rain at Turner Field forced the Braves to hit in the indoor facility. Prado said he did not spend much time hitting once he felt the pain.

“They told me it won’t be easy,” Prado said. “It’s not going to go away. I’m just trying to get all my strength back. A little bit of pain won’t be a problem.”

Braves manager Bobby Cox said he did not think Prado would be ready by Sunday.

Prado said he would see how his finger felt Saturday, a day after his first live hitting, and did not want to put a timetable on a return. He said he would play with pain once the finger was stable. However, he expressed concern about not wanting to adjust his hitting mechanics in an effort to return.

Prado said there have been no issues fielding ground balls or soft tossing a baseball.

“I wish I could tell you how long it’s going to take,” Prado said. “I’m going to do as much as I can to get back.”

He did not want to speculate on whether he would need a minor-league rehab assignment once he was healthy enough to play.

Prado, fourth in the National League with a .315 average, was placed on the disabled list on July 31, a day after suffering the injury sliding into home plate against the Reds. He has missed 13 games.

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August 13th, 2010
6:57 pm


August 13th, 2010
7:01 pm

Well, that isn’t good news. Hope you are feeling better soon, Martin. We need you back at 100 percent.


August 13th, 2010
7:19 pm

This is a situation where I think players should be able to take a little synthetic steroid, squirt of cow’s blood, HGH, or whatever if it helps a player heal faster.


August 13th, 2010
7:21 pm

bozz, I agree.

LuisG - Win-it-4-Bobby-n-Chipper!

August 13th, 2010
7:22 pm

We need some good news over here!

Speedy recovery

August 13th, 2010
7:26 pm

The good news is he is doing what’s best. I would hate for him to hold back the pain and try to come back too soon and injury himself even worse.


August 13th, 2010
7:28 pm

I’ll say it again…head-first slides should be banned….

Speedy recovery

August 13th, 2010
7:30 pm

Rodman, you are exactly right.

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Tommy Hanson

August 13th, 2010
9:43 pm

I don’t care if it takes another 7-10 days, he needs to stay out until he is healthy… don’t want him up there hacking while he is in pain

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what goes around

August 13th, 2010
10:41 pm

I agree about the head first slides. It has cost the braves a couple of times this year. We had to do without Heyward because of it. Major league baseball has made base coaches wear helmets because one guy took one off the noggin-so why not band the head first slide? Injuries over the years have been numerous from going into the bag head first. Going into home head first is stupid for sure.

Mike McDonald

August 13th, 2010
10:54 pm

Alright you sarcastic dissenters, you can’t say that you weren’t cautioned repeatedly about the amount of time it takes (and should take) to recover from a broken finger. John Smoltz articulated it very well on tonight’s broadcast prior to this latest team announcement. For the record, here’s what I said earlier this afternoon (and have said, in essence, repeatedly, in several previous post over the past ten days) and for this I have been roundly taken to task by the usual suspects.
I quote:
“I am predicting that Prado won’t be back until August based on having broken a pinky this past May.(NB Correction: It was actually in April). My bet is that if he does come back before August he will endanger his recovery and perhaps his season/career. Diaz is a prime example of the problems with hand injuries and he plays the OF, not the point blank IF. Diaz is still not back to form after a very long DL. I wish Martin nothing but the best and truly hope my call is wrong. We’ll see.”
While I don’t have a medical degree, I did spend lhe night at Holiday Inn.


August 13th, 2010
11:00 pm

Hey Mike, it IS August.

Mike McDonald

August 13th, 2010
11:05 pm

Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa. See what hubris does to one. “end of August or September or later” is what I have been saying. No excuse for wandering off base and getting nailed on this occasion.


August 14th, 2010
4:11 am

This is not good news at all. Prado don’t rush back man. Don’t come back till your healthy but damn we need him after chipper goes down. We might need to really make a move for chone figgins now.


August 14th, 2010
8:15 am

This is just one of those “hurry up and wait” situations. Meanwhile, Infante got two hits last night, and Conrad hit the game winning homer.


August 14th, 2010
10:47 am


August 13th, 2010
7:19 pm
This is a situation where I think players should be able to take a little synthetic steroid, squirt of cow’s blood, HGH, or whatever if it helps a player heal faster.”

I agree. With all the “witch-hunting” the media has done regarding PED’s, which has turned everyone into a temperance agent, we now have backed medical science up against a wall. The main benefit of some of these treatments, for athletes AND for us commoners, is the accelerating of healing time. This is a good thing, but the baby gets thrown out with the bath water.


August 14th, 2010
10:49 am

For everyone who wants to ban head first slides, I give you two names–Pete Rose and Rickey Henderson. Both slid head first their entire careers. Both played well into their 40’s. Both would still be playing if they could talk a team into signing them. And have you ever seen a player break/sprain their ankle sliding foot first? Happens very often.

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August 14th, 2010
11:14 am

The good news is that the Braves have found ways to win without Martin, JH, or Chipper. If the Braves continue to win series on pitching, give Martin time.

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