Prado out for season with hip pointer and torn oblique

As bad as it looked when Martin Prado went down clutching his left hip Monday, the news only got worse on Tuesday.

An MRI taken revealed not only had Prado suffered a hip pointer but a torn external oblique muscle as well. So not only will he miss the rest of the season but the postseason, if the Braves make it as the National League wild card team.

Doctors determined he will need two months of rest before he even begins rehabilitation.

Many consider Prado to be the Braves’ most valuable player this season, batting .307 with 15 home runs, a team-high 40 doubles, and 66 RBIs in an All-Star season.

When the Braves were struggling at leadoff, Prado took over and hit .322 in the leadoff spot. When Chipper Jones was lost for the season to a torn knee ligament, Prado moved from seamlessly from second to third base.

“He’s had a hell of a year,” Tim Hudson said. “I hate it for him. I hate it for us because he’s such a huge part of our club.”

Prado first injured his hip Monday diving to rob Dan Uggla of a hit in the fourth inning, then aggravated it when he tried to avoid a piece of a Mike Stanton broken bat in the top of the fifth inning. Prado went down in pain after a swing in the fifth inning and had to be helped off the field.

He was already battling a broken finger and a sore groin.

Brooks Conrad, who made his 19th start of the year at third base Tuesday night, will be the one the Braves count on at third now. He tripled to tie Tuesday’s game in the seventh inning and start a three-run game-winning rally.

Since replacing Prado Monday night, he’s 2-for-5 with a double and a triple.

“When Conrad was in there early in the year, he did a great job,” Braves manager Bobby Cox said. “He sparked us actually. We look for the same thing from him again.”

Cox normally has two backup middle infielders but with Omar Infante playing every day at second and Prado hurt, that leaves only Diory Hernandez.

“Push comes to shove, (Troy) Glaus can play third and (Eric) Hinske can actually play over there too a little bit,” Cox said. “So we’ve got to watch pinch-running now, with (Diory). We don’t really have another guy.”

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September 28th, 2010
8:01 pm

Bad news on oblique

Jimmy Beam, you are my friend

September 28th, 2010
8:03 pm

Ouch. Not very promising for Bravos.


September 28th, 2010
8:04 pm

Season over. Team is done. Simply too much for any team to overcome.


September 28th, 2010
8:14 pm

Is it possible that if Cox had rested Martin once in a while recently he might not have been so vulnerable to season-ending injury?

.Mike S

September 28th, 2010
8:20 pm

Not really Barb. But, that said, the groin injury definately had a role.

It is pretty easy to deduct what happened. Martin was already favoring the groin, then he got the hip pointer on the dive. When he aggravated it furthur in the top of the fifth, He should have been removed from the game (that was the one true mistake here – letting him go up to bat.)

Now, you have a player favoring his hip and his groin, meaning he was already sore and the area was weakened. As soon as he torqued the body on that swing he tore the oblique.

urban redneck

September 28th, 2010
8:24 pm

ouch. this one hurts. i love me some brooks conrad, but this team is not the same without prado.


September 28th, 2010
8:29 pm



September 28th, 2010
8:30 pm

The braves can add other players to roster for last week of regular season even though they can’t play in post-season.

braves fan in ohio

September 28th, 2010
8:37 pm

Season is over. braves were having troubles scoring runs before this news. now there is no punch in the lineup. pitching is thin and worn out. even if they make the playoffs, there are swept out in the first round.


September 28th, 2010
8:39 pm

Thank you for your effort, Martin Prado. You are my favorite Brave. I thought that earlier but the effort you made last night for the team forces me to share my man love for you – no homo.


September 28th, 2010
8:40 pm

As for the rest of the team, they can’t get rid of you unless you don’t qualify, so keep swinging and pitching. The fans are still behind you!!


September 28th, 2010
9:00 pm

Defense is what’s going to lose us the wild card….

go braves

September 28th, 2010
9:26 pm

we would not be here if it was not for prado hate to see him hurt…but i think conrad can more than do the job at third. maybe cox will play glaus a little at third and like he said hinske can play over there also. i believe conrad with more playing time will surprise us all at the end of the day.

Elliot Garcia

September 28th, 2010
9:41 pm

Thank you and good night…..


September 28th, 2010
9:43 pm

Major loss. DOB didn’t mention that he did manage to get to the 100 runs scored mark, which I think is a pretty big deal.


September 28th, 2010
9:53 pm

Thank you #14. Good Job this season, thank you for your effort, for your 184 hits and 58 multihits games.
I miss too my favorite word: “Marteeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeen”.


September 28th, 2010
9:59 pm

That, my friends, is a warrior.


September 28th, 2010
10:11 pm

Brooks Conrad will do just fine as Prado’s replacement. Now, if Bobby will only play Eric Hinske more. Huge win for the Braves tonight.


September 28th, 2010
10:25 pm

Man, bummer, we will miss ya Prado, get well and we’ll see ya next year Mr. MVP. You are the spark plug of the team and a true competitor.


September 28th, 2010
10:27 pm

Well, since I’m not even in consideration for 3rd base anymore, guess I might as well retire. I don’t want to play 1st. Maybe I can DH next year since this team ruined my career and any chance of a comeback.


September 28th, 2010
10:33 pm

Troy? Glaus? Hello?


September 28th, 2010
10:34 pm

Marteeeeeeee(ouch)eeeeeeeeen : Thanks for your hard work and effort throughout the year. You’ll be missed on and off the field. Rest, heal up, support your teammates into this final run….and beyond(?). We’ll definitely see you next season.

Braves Fan Lost in Ohio

September 28th, 2010
10:36 pm

For everyone who says that the season is over. Fine. Go watch your Fall TV programming; stop watching the games and stop coming onto the blogs. True fans are sick of your nay-sayer crap anyway.

It’s not over til its over, and we have the wild card lead. We have the tools, and our players have the heart.

Go Braves! Chop! Chop!

Doug Markham

September 28th, 2010
10:46 pm

I’ll watch them to the end. Always have.


September 28th, 2010
11:00 pm

Love CSpain the loser as we win again.

Bob the Blogger

September 28th, 2010
11:11 pm

We have to think positive. Yes, we have lost more than our share of good players, but history is full of little guys who have done big things in the playoffs and World Series.


September 28th, 2010
11:16 pm

I’ve been a Braves fan for nearly 30 years and Martin Prado is one of my all-time favorites The remainder or the games will definitely not be the same without #14 in our lineup. Martin, your toughness and spark will be greatly missed!

The Grinch

September 28th, 2010
11:25 pm

I hate it for Prado; met him at ST and he’s a really cool dude. Still, we’ll make it. Don’t know how we’ll do in the playoffs, but we’ll make it. Maybe this will force Cox to play Hinske more, which is a good thing.

Stanley Crowe

September 29th, 2010
12:29 am

Great win again — especially after Melky’s getting turned around on what should have been a fly-ball out and Snitker’s decision to send McCann home on Lee’s double. Kudos to Hinske — he always gives you a serious at-bat. Anibal Sanchez pitched pretty well, but I always thought that he gave more chances than we took. But he can vary speeds well, and you can’t predict what he’ll throw. As I write, the Padres are down by two, though it’s a little early to write them off, especially given Marmol’s struggles last night. But wouldn’t it be nice to start play tomorrow knowing that no matter what happened we would still head the NL wild card race. Finally, great job by Hudson tonight, and I expect something similar from Derek Lowe tomorrow.


September 29th, 2010
1:10 am

oh i see mikes a doctor along with all his baseball expertise


September 29th, 2010
1:11 am

padres lost 5-2

Notso Fast

September 29th, 2010
4:15 am

Tough break for the Braves. I saw Glaus play 3rd at AAA or try to play it. His legs just won’t let him do things he use to do. Conrad is the better choice.

Reality 4

September 29th, 2010
5:55 am

This is no doubt a huge loss. I am still hopeful that they will make the playoffs. I am so impressed by this year’s team that fought so many adversaries. Go Braves!!!


September 29th, 2010
7:05 am

Well a perfect send off for Cox reminding us of his constant failures in postseason which is get in the playoffs and swept right on out.


September 29th, 2010
7:34 am

Tough break Prado. That is a real shame. Truly one of the best players for the Braves this year.


September 29th, 2010
8:21 am

A big thanks to Prado for a great season.


September 29th, 2010
8:57 am

The Clones (Infante and Prado), Now if we could find two twins like them for the Outfield, we’d be in great shape going into 2011. Prado, you earned the title “Gamer”. Thanks for Great Season and hope you have many more as a Brave. Rest and Get well.

Holy man

September 29th, 2010
9:03 am

Things are looking mighty OBLIQUE……do you catch this condition playing 3rd for Chipper??

Ted Turner

September 29th, 2010
9:25 am

That really sucks. I tore an oblique muscle a couple of years ago. It hurts like heck. Its one of those things that happens suddenly and boy do you know it. Mine felt like I got shot.

Chipper. Medlen. JJ. Now Prado. Wow. Imagine if we were at full strength going into the playoffs. We’d be scary.

[...] According to the AJC, Martin Prado will miss the remainder of the season and the postseason (if they get there) with a hip pointer and torn oblique. Considering he was already dealing with a bad hand and groin, I’m not surprised he couldn’t walk out of the box. [...]


September 29th, 2010
12:07 pm

This will either be the proverbial final nail in the coffin, or the spark this team has needed to rally together for a run.

The Big Dog

September 29th, 2010
12:10 pm

The Big Dog still beleives


September 29th, 2010
12:53 pm

Ladies and Gentlemen, the Braves have left the building.

Tim L.

September 29th, 2010
1:37 pm

There must be more to Glaus’ knee problems than has been communicated. Why would you not put him at 3B? Thought 3B play was part of his minor league assignment.

And why not give Hinske some time in LF against RHP – his D isn’t great, but neither is Melky’s.


September 29th, 2010
2:13 pm

Martin is tough as nails but he was worn down, groin was sore, then pulled his oblique and got a hip pointer on a spectacular 3B catch. One swing was enough to rupture the oblique.

Remember Medlen? Got whacked by a fastball on the inside right forearm. Continuing to pitch, he ruptured that tendon. If you have ever seen what a muscle & tendon look like when that happens, the rupture was not a surprise.

Several bullpen pitchers have been overused and therefore now worn down.

Cox is a great manager but he’s as stubborn as a mule. If he’d taken Medlen out for a week of recovery, if he’d given Prado a few days off, there is a good likelihood those two would still be playing. What a shame.


September 29th, 2010
2:47 pm

I hate to see what happened to Martin happen to anybody but Martin is my most favorite player for many reasons. He worked very hard to finally get what he deserved and being picked as the all star second baseman really made his season until now. I know he is going to die watching his teamates play in the playoffs and hopefully the world series. But knowing him he will come back next year in great shape and raring to go. Freddi is going to love having him on the team with all his p–s and vinegar and setting such a good example for his teamates to follow.


September 29th, 2010
2:50 pm

Line-up is online. Matty D. hitting 3rd, Ross ‘in’, Mac sits and connie at 3rd base.


September 29th, 2010
2:53 pm

Day off tomorrow and the All-Star sits down?? Guess its the lefty their throwing.

Capt. Obvious

September 29th, 2010
3:51 pm

Anybody got a fork? I would rather see Colorado or San Diego in it than to see the one-legged Braves limp into a series and get swept.

Martin: this season is .500 at best without your hard work and hussle.
I feel bad for the guy. He’s more valuable than anyone else.

Dawg Fud

September 29th, 2010
4:07 pm

Darn it all!

Reality 4

September 29th, 2010
4:41 pm

I think Martin (and Chris and Chipper) would love to see THEIR team make it to the playoffs. Baseball is a team sport, and as important as each individual player is to the team, I think any player worth his money will share the sentiment expressed by some people here.

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