Martin Prado is set to play his first rehab game Monday night at Triple-A Gwinnett, and it might just be the only game he needs before rejoining the big club.
The All-Star second baseman has been out since breaking his right pinkie July 30 while sliding headfirst into home plate at Cincinnati. He isn’t expected to play more than one or two games at Gwinnett before returning to the Braves’ lineup.
He could play plenty at third base when he returns, if the Braves leave Omar Infante at second. Prado might play some at both positions, with Brooks Conrad getting some starts at third base.
Prado felt some pain in the finger when he faced live pitching Friday for the first time since his injury, but said it was better Saturday and again Sunday. He also tested it with some infield throws Sunday.
In other rehab news, lefty reliever Eric O’Flaherty could be returning soon from a brief stint at Gwinnett. He’s been recovering from mononucleosis and pitched a perfect inning Sunday in his second Triple-A appearance.