Prado to play rehab game Monday at Gwinnett

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.

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peter nincompoop

August 15th, 2010
7:32 pm

The sooner the better. We need you man.

happybravesfan

August 15th, 2010
7:34 pm

That is some really good news for the Braves in light of the two season ending surgeries for Chipper and Medlen.

hAL

August 15th, 2010
7:46 pm

if prados ok stick him in the three hole rihght away

hAL

August 15th, 2010
7:47 pm

umm noticed that oild cripple batted in 5 today how many did the future of the franchise knock in ohh wait dint play got another msterious owie lol

Alaska Braves Fan

August 15th, 2010
7:58 pm

I like the idea of Prado’s staying at 2B and having Conrad play 3B for most games. That frees Infante to be used where needed, and I would think he would play often in our current situation.

Of course, that opens a bit of a debate about batting order. (I’m just glad Bobby has to decide, not I.) I hesitate to suggest anything that keeps Prado from batting first. He has been very successful there, but Infante has been no slouch, either. I suppose I would prefer Prado in the first slot, with Infante or Conrad in the seventh. What do you think?

ABF

Buck

August 15th, 2010
9:07 pm

I think we should play Prado at 3rd base evrey day and bat him the 3 hole. I hate moving everyday players around. Infante would still bat leadoff and play the bulk of the starts at 2nd base. That would leave Conrad free on the bench to pinch hit late and get the once to twice a week start at 2nd for Infante against a right hander, The latest runors I have heard is that the braves are looking to strengthen the bench. It would not cost as much in prospects and money. If they commit to a contract for longer than one year, they have to remember that Chipper is planning to try a comeback. One player I have heard mentioned is former Brave Wes Helms. He is a veteran who can ply both 1st and 3rd and also provide a little punch off the bench. I know that HIcks and Hernandez are on the bench now and one will be gone when Prado comes back. One day, they may be regulars on the Atlanta squad. But seriously, other than late inning defense or as a pich runner, what have they or will they contribute? Would either of them pose a threat to another team’s closer in the 9th inning? Keep in mind, with the suregries to Chipper and now Medlen, the Braves can put them on the 60 day DL and have some ability to make some moves in house or through a trade. Also gives them some flexibility for a playoff roster.

Braves Fan Since "80

August 16th, 2010
7:43 am

With or without the Philies return of the big guys they cannt play much better….. playing better than .700 ball though not impossible is hard to do for a half season…. I hope the Braves and Phillies earn spots not one or the other collaspsing ala NY Mets. This should go down to the final weeks arms of the Braves vs bats of the phillies

robdawg08

August 16th, 2010
9:08 am

Why couldn’t Prado just be activated and play for the Braves instead of at Gwinnett ? No difference in wherever he plays.

stew

August 16th, 2010
9:54 am

Once Howard and Utley come back, I think the Phils take the division. Their pitching is better than it used to be with the addition of Oswalt. Why didn’t Braves make a pitch for Oswalt. Think about how much of our payroll is sitting and doing nothing. Lowe 15 mill, KK 8 mill, and Nate 6.5 mill adds up to close to close to 30 mill. Throw in Chip’s 14 mill and pretty much half our payroll ain’t doing squat right now. You can’t win with pitching and no lineup. It puts too much pressure on the starters because one mistafe loses a game. Add to that our defensive woes and it’s just a matter of time before the Phils overtake us.

Shantu

August 16th, 2010
10:27 am

Because they do not want to deactivate him if there is a problem. If he goes and plays at Gwinnett they can look and see if there is any discomfort and if there is leave him on the DL.

JonnyVenter'sLeftArm

August 16th, 2010
11:16 am

I think you leave Infante at lead-off and put Martin in 2-or-3 hole; He’s got more power and can drive in more runs.

Mike Deutsch

August 16th, 2010
12:02 pm

The sooner we can get Prado back the better off we will be. The senario I’d like to see though is Omar FULL time at 2nd and Prado starting at 3rd. What else does Omar have to do to prove he is an everyday player!

the cox man

August 16th, 2010
2:42 pm

me thinks the ole cripple is going to have a kick ass september .

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