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.”