Prado knew right away hip injury was serious

Martin Prado had a feeling long before Tuesday’s MRI that his hip injury was more than simply a hip pointer.

He was diagnosed with both a hip pointer and a torn external oblique muscle Tuesday, which will require two months of inactivity and therefore end his season.

“I was in so much pain; I never experienced a lot of pain before like that,” Prado said. “I knew there was something wrong with me.”

Prado had been playing through a broken pinky finger and a strained groin muscle. But this injury was much more serious after two diving plays at third base on Monday and a pop as he swung at a pitch in the fifth inning.

“It’s tough to swallow,” said Prado, who was still walking gingerly on Wednesday. “I was battling all year, finger and groin, all the injuries. I was hoping that I’d finish my season.”

Prado said he normally spends six weeks during the offseason in Orlando. This time around he’ll be doing his rehabilitation at the Braves complex there.

“I’ll do as much as I can to make sure I’ll be ready before (spring training starts),” Prado said. “I feel like this is a bump in my road. I’m glad it happened playing and not doing something else. It was doing what I love.”

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Dick Doss.

September 29th, 2010
5:11 pm

you will be missed this postseason but you will be back next spring ready to do it again !!!

eleth

September 29th, 2010
5:35 pm

You’ll be missed Martin! Good luck with the rehab…you’ll be back as good as new for spring training.

StingerSplash

September 29th, 2010
5:37 pm

Ted Williams’ final game and final at-bat — and ever the flair for the dramatic, he homered in his last swing — was 50 years ago yesterday. Wow.
Re-read John Updike’s sterling “Hub Fans Bid Kid Adieu” with the greatest line ever in sportswriting (and not the one attributed to Woody Paige when propositioned by a young lady during Super Bowl week where he is alleged to have said “$100? For anything? Then how bout going up to my room and writing a column and a sidebar?”) — “Gods do not answer letters.”
Dan Shaughnessy also has a great column on the Splinter today. CHB is hit and miss but this was truly remarkable.

This Braves lineup may not match the orders Cox has been able to fill out in playoffs past but there is one incredible strength this team so many others did not — a deep, deep bullpen. I can see the Braves playing for a lot of one run at a time innings, if they hang on to this wild card lead, and then turn things over to the relievers in the seventh-ninth innings. But they also better play better defense in that case.

Willy

September 29th, 2010
5:49 pm

I just noticed good old Kevin Millwood is 3-16 with a 5.29 ERA.

Orlando Brave

September 29th, 2010
9:20 pm

Good luck getting better my friend! You carried this team this year. See you in Orlando!! Hope we have a warmer winter..

Vabravesfan

September 29th, 2010
10:15 pm

Kinda wierd that Chipper was lost for the year making his best play of the season and Prado was lost doing the same.

Prissy

September 30th, 2010
12:43 am

Martin, I’m hoping the Braves win everything from this day forward, and dedicate all the hard work to you, Chipper, Medlen, J.J., Bobby Cox and all on the team who are hurting/injured. Blessings to you
and the team as we go forward. See you in the spring.

Budder

September 30th, 2010
5:42 am

Thanks Marteen for carrying the Braves during the lean times this year, congratulations on your great performance, and best wishes for a speedy, successful rehab and an even greater 2011.

Ted Abernathy

September 30th, 2010
8:36 am

Martin gave it his all, well done. See you at spring training amigo.

Diana S

September 30th, 2010
10:08 am

Martin, you will be missed this post season. I really loved watching you play this season, & you will be back in the spring as good as new. Good luck with rehab.

Boston Braves

September 30th, 2010
11:14 am

Got tip your cap to Prado- he’s a gamer- gonna miss you Bobby!

Reid in EAV

September 30th, 2010
12:13 pm

Prado is the very definition of a warrior. He carried us (remember: putting him in the 1-hole in Milwaukee is what got us on the run to snap the 9-game losing streak) then battled his body all season to remain in the lineup. Finally, after making his most spectacular defensive play of the season, his body finally gives out. (And you know he’d still be playing if he could take enough meds.)

So if Bobby’s last season and Cheerleader Chipper weren’t enough motivation… LET’S WIN IT FOR PRADO! We almost owe him that much.

*climbs off soapbox*

RHR

September 30th, 2010
2:08 pm

Without question the MVP of this team. Get well soon, Marteeeeeen. We know you’ll be out there giving your all in 2011.

LittleRockBravesFan

September 30th, 2010
6:53 pm

Martin, you will be very greatly missed!!! I’ve always admired your selfless and gritty play and you’re definitely a warrior. Good luck in your rehab; fans love you and we’re thinking about you…and we’ll see you in April, 2011. I can’t wait!

57 fan

September 30th, 2010
9:27 pm

Get ready for spring training Martin, you did your part this season and then some, you had a great year.

Ron Atkinson

September 30th, 2010
11:51 pm

It,s gonna bite not seeing Martin in the playoffs which seems very possible. He sure as hell deserved/earned the right to be there! I just hope that he remains a Brave for many years to come cause its a joy to watch the Dude play period. As for Bobby Cox I just hope the next manager can fill his shoes which is a tall, tall order. Bobby Cox will be sorely missed but remembered as one of the greats of among Coaches. I wish him and his family the very best!!!!! Thanks Bobby!!!!!!!

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