Prado on DL for staph infection (updated story)

HOUSTON – Left fielder Martin Prado landed on the 15-day disabled list Friday for a staph infection in his right calf, the latest in a string of Braves injuries that’s put the entire opening-day outfield on the DL.

Prado returned to Atlanta and had the infection cleaned out in a surgical procedure by Dr. Gary Lourie on Friday.

“They sliced him, and he’s got to heal from the inside-out,” Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. “They pumped him with antibiotics…. I think it was caused by a strawberry, from a slide.

“I didn’t realize, until watching him, how much pain [staph infection] causes.”

Prado joined right fielder Jason Heyward (shoulder) and center fielder Nate McLouth (oblique) on the team’s crowded DL, which also includes pitchers Brandon Beachy (oblique), Kris Medlen (elbow surgery) and Peter Moylan (back surgery).

Infielder Brandon Hicks was recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett to fill Prado’s roster spot.

The Prado announcement came as a surprise to most, since the Braves had mentioned nothing about the staph infection after it was discovered Tuesday when the Braves were in Florida.

Prado was sidelined Wednesday and Thursday by a sore left knee from an unrelated incident, after being hit by a throw while stealing a base Tuesday.

“We knew it was there, it was an infection and we were trying to treat it,” Gonzalez said of the right-calf situation that had been kept private. “He was out of the lineup for the contusion where the ball hit him.”

Prado was cleared to play Tuesday night after the staph infection was diagnosed. Then he got hit in the knee of his other leg by a catcher’s throw as he stole second base in the ninth inning.

He missed two games with what the Braves termed a contusion of the left knee, which was swollen when he woke Wednesday. Prado said Thursday that he expected to return to the lineup Saturday or Sunday.

At that time, he thought his infected calf had improved. He told team officials Thursday that the calf felt much better, but later a Marlins doctor determined that the infection had worsened.

“[Prado] felt better last night, but the doctor looked at it and said, ‘Let’s not let it get to the next level,’” Gonzalez said. “Those things, you always err on the side of caution.”

He recommended having it taken care of, and Prado returned to Atlanta while the Braves traveled to Houston late Thursday from Miami.

The wound is left open to heal after such a medical procedure, so that new tissue will form starting from the bottom of the wound.

Braves head trainer Jeff Porter said it was the first time a Braves player had a staph infection severe enough to require such a procedure.The team didn’t say said how long Prado was expected to be sidelined, but typically such wounds take 2-3 weeks to heal.

According to the medical website WebMD, a staph infection is caused by a Staphylococcus bacteria, and often starts with a small cut that becomes infected with bacteria.

The WebMB report states: “Staph infections range from a simple boil to antibiotic-resistant infections to flesh-eating infections. The difference between all these is the strength of the infection, how deep it goes, how fast it spreads, and how treatable it is with antibiotics.”

While Prado was in Atlanta being treated Friday, the Braves were preparing for a four-game series against the Houston Astros. Veteran utility man Eric Hinske was in the lineup Friday in left field and rookie Matt Young was in right field.

132 comments Add your comment

bbkorbel

June 10th, 2011
5:18 pm

Staph is a bad mother! And to think…I didn’t even say FIRST!

Dennis Reynolds

June 10th, 2011
5:22 pm

Furman Bitcher

June 10th, 2011
5:23 pm

Dude. Heyward better get going NOW.

Furman Bitcher

June 10th, 2011
5:24 pm

Dennis Reynolds

June 10th, 2011
5:25 pm

I guess Fredi isn’t aware that contact hitters belong in the 2 hole. Gonzo and now Uggla? I understand you want to give Uggla better pitches, but not by putting him in the 2 hole.
Looks like the bottom of the order will have to get the runs in tonight.

deezcoons

June 10th, 2011
5:25 pm

I think the braves are paying for all those years of sucess in the 90’s. Any and everything that can happen to them is happening.

richie_rich1986

June 10th, 2011
5:26 pm

I agree Furman Heyward needs to get his act together and get on the field!

chirotodd

June 10th, 2011
5:27 pm

very serious staph is. i hope he gets back soon

jmor

June 10th, 2011
5:31 pm

Dennis–I had the same thought about Uggla in the 2nd hole. I guess we can look forward to some scary hit and runs tonight with Uggla at the plate.

Dennis Reynolds

June 10th, 2011
5:32 pm

Fire Fredi, hire TP. I love the team and all of our players with the exception of a few (Linebrink, Sherrill, Proctor) but the way the organization is run is just embarrassing. More interested in maintaining a good image and being classy than winning.
“Oh Bobby Cox is retiring, we have to find a wimpy manager who’ll do his best imitation of Bobby but never be quite as good or knowledgeable.” This guy is so weak there is no way the players respect him. Say what you want about Hanley, he said what everybody else on that team probably thought but never had a reason to say it openly.
Do you really think a major league player would respect and even level with a guy who’s never even been in their shoes? Doubtfully. This guy is garbage. Braves, take notes from the Yankees. If hired the wrong guy, admit it, fire, reload, and win.

Left Right Left

June 10th, 2011
5:35 pm

First the infection is in the right calf, and the bruise on the left leg, then switches and it’s the left calf and the right knee. That is one crazy infection and bruise.

Chpatt

June 10th, 2011
5:37 pm

Dennis Reynolds continues to write bonehead comments on this blog. Go away!

Ron Roberts

June 10th, 2011
5:38 pm

Good grief; anything ELSE?

dawg4u

June 10th, 2011
5:38 pm

I overheard my neighbor’s 10 year old kid talking to one of his friends saying, “The Braves lead the league in ERA.” The other kid says “what does ERA mean? and his response was “not sure but I think it has something to do with injuries.” I started laughing but then I thought – we probably lead the league in both!

Navigator

June 10th, 2011
5:41 pm

This team beyond the pitchers are dreadful, and the GM has got to take responsibility for this fiasco. Not only did he get the wrong players, let an allstar second/third baseman walk, but overpaid for what he got. You have to know when the home team refuses to give a guy the big money, they know something you don’t.

Dennis Reynolds

June 10th, 2011
5:42 pm

Braves fans that visit this blog are like sheep. They don’t know anything about baseball, so anything Fredi does or DOB says, they agree. You know how hard it is to live in Boston and tell ppl you’re a Braves fan? Very. Our fan base knows nothing about the game of baseball. Just bass fishin’ and Bulldawgs!! Yee Haw!

Go Braves!

Dennis Reynolds

June 10th, 2011
5:43 pm

I need to start talking baseball with the ppl over at Talking Chop. Those guys at least know their ass from a four seamer.

archie

June 10th, 2011
5:54 pm

What’s the plan for 3rd base after this season (or when Chipper inevitably breaks down this year)? Brandon Hicks? Diory? Conrad? Moving Prado to 3B, and inserting Matt Young in LF? Mather?

Folks, this team is one more injury away from being the most impotent offense in the majors. And to repeat: what happens to 3B when Chipper goes down? It’s not like the team hasn’t had any notice.

Rick

June 10th, 2011
5:54 pm

“First the infection is in the right calf, and the bruise on the left leg, then switches and it’s the left calf and the right knee. That is one crazy infection and bruise.”

What are you talking about dude? The article is consistent… infection in right calf, bruise on left knee.

“They don’t know anything about baseball”

lol, this coming from you.

ATLtodolavida

June 10th, 2011
5:55 pm

3 games out of first in June is not a bad position to be in. Sweeping the 3rd place Marlins is a GOOD sign. Good work Freddy, and get well soon Martin.

Gene Garber

June 10th, 2011
5:58 pm

Hey Beanhead; just because you were lucky enough to grow up with TBS and became a Braves fan because the Sox sucked for years, in no way makes you superior to those of us who were blessed with growing up in the south. Trust me, we know plenty about BB-and trust me, there are plenty of fans who take BB over nascar. But to your point, nothing takes more of our time than SEC football. Of course living in Boston, you don’t have any college football-albeit our beloved QB is from there. Personally, I know more about the Braves, BB, SEC, NFC in my middle finger (da intended)…than anyone who “Pawks the caw in the yawd.” Bring it…

The Braves are what they are

June 10th, 2011
6:02 pm

No comment needed.

TomahawkChoppin'

June 10th, 2011
6:03 pm

Dennis does living in Boston create this animosity? I do not mind the baseball talk, but bad mouthing folks is not talking baseball. I believe TP is doing a great job right where he is at. I kinda wanted TP to get consideration for the job last year, but now i feel he is in the right spot coaching first and controlling the infield D.

The Hanley comment concerns me. You say FG was wrong for benching him for not hustling on that play? I seem to remember back 15 or so years ago when a young Andruw Jones failed to dive on a play that he should have made, Bobby came out and pulled him out in the middle of the inning. While embarassing, I guarantee you if ask AJ he would say Bobby made the right move because it helped him mature as a player. So I bet Hanley realizes now that it was the right move too. FG is not weak, though I agree he does not come out to the ump and get his money’s worth a lot. He is the right fit in a great organization.

Dennis Reynolds

June 10th, 2011
6:05 pm

Gene-
Nice attempt at making a valid point. However, the point that I was making was the fans in the south know nothing about baseball. And those that do don’t even attend games and support the Braves. And Im 23 and was born in Atlanta and moved to Boston so the TBS thing doesn’t apply to me.

yea

June 10th, 2011
6:05 pm

Phuck all of u people

Gary

June 10th, 2011
6:05 pm

Dennis……You have got to be the biggest dumbass in the NE and that’s hard to be. The Braves are two games out of first. You tell your other dumbass friends in Boston that this team was built the right way not just by writing checks. They will finish good this year and for the foreseeable future. I’d bet you were one of the idiots that wanted to fire Bobby Cox every week.
Why don’t you follow the Yankees like every other unimaginative “fan” does and leave us good ole boys alone.

Billy

June 10th, 2011
6:06 pm

Dennis Reynols lmao Please go anywhere. You are an embarrassment to all Braves fans. Go be ignorant somewhere else.

tmc

June 10th, 2011
6:07 pm

staff infection?
What the H!

Can anyone explain how a professional athlete get’s a staff infection in his leg out of the blue?

Mike

June 10th, 2011
6:08 pm

Today tops the charts. I have read more garbage and comments from people who don’t their tail from first base about baseball that I wonder why they are on this blog. Inspite of all that has happen like injuries, key players not performing as expected (yet), and more overall bad luck than any team should have, WE ARE IN SECOND PLACE IN THE EAST. I want to see where all you nay sayers are later in the year. Atlanta has historically been a second half club. We may not beat the Phillies, but at the end, we will be there with the leaders. By the way, who gets the credit for a team being in second place with all this stuff happening. I say Freddi.

tmc

June 10th, 2011
6:08 pm

staff/staph… whatever.

Dennis Reynolds

June 10th, 2011
6:08 pm

TomahawkChoppin’-
Wow here we go. First of all TP doesn’t control the infield. Tosca controls the outfield, Snitker controls infield. We have the worst SB% in the game so how can you say he’s doing a good job? Not to say he’s doing a bad job, but he’s not doing anything noteworthy.

Secondly, I was not referring to Fredi benching Hanley. I think he made the right call with that. Im just saying that the players probably don’t really have a lot of respect for him seeing as he’s never played a day in the bigs.

Heath

June 10th, 2011
6:10 pm

All three of our starting outfielders on the DL… ouch.

TomahawkChoppin'

June 10th, 2011
6:12 pm

I didn’t mean TP sets the infield alignment. I mean TP was a great third baseman when he played, and now that he is not concerned with making our offense hit, he can concentrate efforts elsewhere like fielding percentage. Talk about stats, check the fielding percentage. But TP has not helped with that at all huh? ok.

Dennis Reynolds

June 10th, 2011
6:14 pm

Come on ppl. Really? So sensitive.

WHERE CAN I GO TO TALK BRAVES BASEBALL WITH PPL WHO KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT IT????

Go to a game in real life and stop nerving it up on live blogs all game and maybe you will actually learn about the sport. Unreal.

Dennis Reynolds

June 10th, 2011
6:15 pm

nerding it up*

Bob

June 10th, 2011
6:15 pm

@Mike…hooray for your enthusiasm and optimism! I hope our offense kicks in soon, too, but why have do we continue to use this same excuse of not hitting for the past three+ years? Isn’t insanity doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results? Our pitching is great…can’t we find just ONE hitter? And, can we dock Uggla’s pay for non-performance?

Dennis Reynolds

June 10th, 2011
6:15 pm

nerding it up*

Dennis Reynolds

June 10th, 2011
6:15 pm

nerding it up*

Dennis Reynolds

June 10th, 2011
6:16 pm

DOB-
How old does it get having to constantly correct ppl rather than being able to answer intelligent baseball questions? You do such a great job and it goes all for naught for the most part.

braves fan forever

June 10th, 2011
6:17 pm

Well prado hurt is a big deal going on the dl.Hicks is not the answer.It is time for Wren to go get a bat and as far as Heyward goes let him stay in the minor league for the rest of the year maybe he will learn to appreciate the show a little more.We don’t need to be babysiters.I would have just as soon brought McClouth back as bring up hicks and to the idiot from bean town.If you don’t like it down here Delta is ready when you are so leave.

TomahawkChoppin'

June 10th, 2011
6:17 pm

Maturity will come with time D R. Until then, how about Teheran striking out 11 in gwinnett? Glad to see a couple of trips to the bigs for disappointing loses hasn’t shaken his confidence

Bob

June 10th, 2011
6:17 pm

Hey Dennis…don’t you think you’ve had enough caffine and chocolate today?

Pitbull

June 10th, 2011
6:18 pm

Staff infections are sweeping the world. Current drugs arn’t keeping abreast of it. Can’t control it. It heals, then returns over and over again. It’s like someone said, a Bad Mother. New drugs are said to be coming down the pipe line. In the mean time. The stuff is spreading like wild fire. To anybody and everybody. Children, women, men, anybody.

bat1994

June 10th, 2011
6:18 pm

Dennis, what does playing a game in the major leagues have to do with manging?

dawg4u

June 10th, 2011
6:20 pm

@Dennis Reynolds – I have been to NY, Boston and Philly and really enjoyed the experience, especially Yankee Stadium and Fenway Park. I will agree that the fans in those three cities are very knowledgable about baseball and have the most loyal fan bases of any teams I have seen in baseball. They are also very knowledgable about pro football and hockey and NBA basketball. You have lived in ATL and know that college football rules. As a lifelong southerner though, I haven’t liked NASCAR that much since Earnhardt died and Elliott went part time. I am not sure what to make of Fredi Gonzalez as manager. Our defense has seemed to improve somewhat but I would definitely feel better if Fredi had more of a “fire in the belly”, ala Billy Martin or Dallas Green or even Don Zimmer. Give Fredi a chance because right now even though he has good pitching the injuries to this lineup are killing us. Now Prado with a staph infection in his calf! Give us a break. Heyward is the most injury prone 21 year old since Bob Horner. Oh well enjoy reading all of the comments even though I don’t always agree!

Slim Shady

June 10th, 2011
6:20 pm

@Dennis Reynolds- You’re my hero-seriously! And I hope you and your blow-up-doll make up soon…

Billy

June 10th, 2011
6:20 pm

Dennis Reynolds is 23 calendar years old and 12 years old emotionally. I bet the 5th grade were the toughest 4 years of your life. Grow up son and act like you have been here before.

Bob

June 10th, 2011
6:24 pm

What’s the modern day record for one run games? Shaun, do you know?

Gary

June 10th, 2011
6:24 pm

Dennis R you knucklehead .. MOST of the greatest man….agers didn’t get vey much more than a cup of java in the big leagues

STRETCH

June 10th, 2011
6:25 pm

Ok Frank Wren…..its time to get something in return for all those pitchers that you have piled up on top of each other. Seriously…ITS TIME.

TomahawkChoppin'

June 10th, 2011
6:26 pm

nice point Gary. there are some exceptions, but even BC didn’t get that long in the bigs.

Randolph Scott

June 10th, 2011
6:27 pm

Dennis, you’re just another in a long line of folks in and out of these blogs that never have anything good to say about the team. For them, the glass is half empty, and leaking.
It gets tiresome.
And I suppose if you find another place to be where you are better entertained, you’ll be gone from here. I welcome the moment that it happens.

Dennis Reynolds

June 10th, 2011
6:28 pm

Dawg4u-
Yeah well you don’t have to tell me to give y’all a break. Im a Braves fan too. Thats why Im here. And Ive been trying to give Fredi a break but he keeps making out the most incredibly moronic lineups every night and pulling his starters too early, to name a couple of things. He does not realize, apparently, that you don’t put a guy who doesn’t make contact in the 2 HOLE! I know he’s trying everything he can to get Uggs going, but this is not a solution. This will only hurt the offense, not help Uggla. You either continue to put him in the 4 or 5 hole and ride out the slump, or you bench him. Injuries have hit and Fredi cant control that, but he needs to lock down a lineup for the most part and allow the offense to flow. Its no wonder the offense is sputtering. They’re not able to work as a unit because they’re constantly being shifted.

Bob

June 10th, 2011
6:28 pm

Stretch…please don’t challenge Wren. Look at the crap he already has put in place. Is Greg Norton available?

leon

June 10th, 2011
6:28 pm

How you DR. gary lourie didnt know that a Staph infection cause that much PAIN! When you treated me for MRSA, do you remember how much i was in, its 7 years later and i am still in pain! STAPH IS TERRIBLE!

Billy

June 10th, 2011
6:29 pm

Gary he is reading out of a book more than likely. I bet he is in Mommies basement sitting on 4 phone books so he can see over the table at his sisters computer screen. Time to talk baseball and let the troll go put his PJ ’s on. It is almost 6:30 and his sister will want the computer back soon and he will be off to bed. Listen to your mommy Dennis and say your prayers tonight.

Dr Lourie

June 10th, 2011
6:31 pm

Sorry Leon, but you actually had a terrible STD.

Dennis Reynolds

June 10th, 2011
6:31 pm

Randolph-
Quite the contrary, actually. I always back this team. I never talk bad about our players as long as they are giving their all, which they are and have been for the past 2 years. No more Escobars and Sorianos pouting and not playing all out. I love this team, win or lose, because they all have passion.

Bob

June 10th, 2011
6:33 pm

Ya’ll really need to cut Dennis some slack. He’s a loyal Braves fan and just voicing his opinion. Too bad Fredi doesn’t have his fire.

MIdtown

June 10th, 2011
6:33 pm

Strawberry …

Baseball talk is amusing.

Bob Hatcher

June 10th, 2011
6:34 pm

Can management find players who can hit .250 or better?
Miami hired a new hitting coach–does Atlanta need one?
I don’t think I’v ever seen critical players with lower batting
averages. Are we sure some of these are even AA in hitting ability?
Can Ugla be sent down to work out his problems without continuing
under perform & hurt the team?

Bob

June 10th, 2011
6:38 pm

Bob Hatcher, I think the answers to your questions are: Obviously not. Most definitely. Probably not. Not without his permission.

leon

June 10th, 2011
6:39 pm

yup i got it from yo mama haha

Lemke's Knuckler

June 10th, 2011
6:47 pm

If he got it from a slide-induced strawberry, does that mean the dirt at the Ted is infected?

Larry

June 10th, 2011
6:49 pm

What Is a Staph Infection?

Staph (pronounced: staff) is the shortened name for Staphylococcus (pronounced: staf-uh-low-kah-kus), a type of bacteria. These bacteria can live harmlessly on many skin surfaces, especially around the nose, mouth, genitals, and anus. But when the skin is punctured or broken for any reason, staph bacteria can enter the wound and cause an infection.

There are more than 30 species in the staph family of bacteria, and they can cause different kinds of illnesses — for example, one kind of staph can cause urinary tract infections. But most staph infections are caused by the species Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus).

S. aureus most commonly causes skin infections like folliculitis, boils, impetigo, and cellulitis that are limited to a small area of a person’s skin. S. aureus can also release toxins (poisons) that may lead to illnesses like food poisoning or toxic shock syndrome.

How Do People Get Staph Infections?
In teens, most staph infections are minor skin infections. People with skin problems like burns or eczema may be more likely to get staph skin infections.

People can get staph infections from contaminated objects, but staph bacteria often spread through skin-to-skin contact — the bacteria can be spread from one area of the body to another if someone touches the infected area.

Staph infections can spread from person to person among those who live close together in group situations (such as in college dorms). Usually this happens when people with skin infections share things like bed linens, towels, or clothing. Warm, humid environments can contribute to staph infections, so excessive sweating can increase someone’s chances of developing an infection.

Serious Staph Infections:

Infections caused by S. aureus can occasionally become serious. This happens when the bacteria move from a break in the skin into the bloodstream. This can lead to infections in other parts of the body, such as the lungs, bones, joints, heart, blood, and central nervous system.

Staph infections in other parts of the body are less common than staph skin infections. They are more likely in people whose immune systems have been weakened by another disease — or by certain medications, like chemotherapy for cancer.

Occasionally patients having surgery may get more serious types of staph infections. The good news is that hospital staff take many precautions to avoid infection in someone having surgery. That’s why they carefully clean the area being operated on, use sterile equipment, and sometimes give a person antibiotics.

Prevent a Staph Skin Infection?

Staphylococcus aureus bacteria are everywhere. Many healthy people carry staph bacteria without getting sick.

Cleanliness and good hygiene are the best way to protect yourself against getting staph (and other) infections — including MRSA. You can help prevent staph skin infections by washing your hands frequently and by bathing or showering daily.

Keep areas of skin that have been injured (such as cuts, scrapes, eczema, and rashes caused by allergic reactions or poison ivy) clean and covered. Use any antibiotic ointments or other treatments that your doctor suggests. If someone in your family has a staph infection, don’t share towels, sheets, or clothing until the infection has been fully treated.

If you develop a staph infection, you can prevent spreading it to other parts of your body by being careful not to touch the infected skin, keeping it covered whenever possible, and using a towel only once when you clean the area (wash the towel in hot water afterwards or use disposable towels).

What Can I Do to Feel Better?

How long it takes for a staph skin infection to heal depends on the type of infection and whether a person gets treatment for it. A boil, for example, may take 10 to 20 days to heal without treatment, but treatment may speed up this process. Most styes, on the other hand, go away on their own within several days.

To help relieve pain from a skin infection, and to help pus drain out, try soaking the affected area in warm water or applying warm, moist washcloths. Use a clean washcloth each time — wash used cloths in soap and hot water and dry them fully in a clothes dryer. You can also apply a heating pad or a hot water bottle to the skin for about 20 minutes, three or four times a day.

Pain relievers like acetaminophen or ibuprofen can help reduce pain until the infection subsides. For some skin infections, it can also help to wash the area with an antibacterial cleanser and apply an antibiotic ointment. Cover the skin with a clean dressing.

A sty can be treated using warm compresses over the eye (with the eye closed) three or four times a day. Be sure you always use a clean washcloth each time. Occasionally, a sty will require a topical antibiotic. See your doctor if a sty doesn’t go away in a few days.

If you get a staph infection on skin areas that you normally shave, avoid shaving, if possible, until the infection clears up. If you do have to shave the area, use a clean disposable razor or clean your electric razor after each use.

"Chef" Tim Dix

June 10th, 2011
6:57 pm

He’s soooooo tough he sliced himself, sucked out the infection and spat it out.

Chuck Norris has nothing on him.

the truth...

June 10th, 2011
6:59 pm

Dennis Reynolds …go away…you know nothing…

Dennis Reynolds

June 10th, 2011
7:06 pm

the truth..

Please share some of your baseball knowledge so I can learn.

Wardo

June 10th, 2011
7:11 pm

Dennis, Just because your boss never flipped burgers doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t respect him. Perhaps he is a great boss without the burger flipping experience. Give Fredi a chance. The Braves are fightin it right now. Does he get the blame for that? Last time I checked he was in the dugout when all the outs were being made at the plate. It’s an individual sport when you are at the plate. No one can help you swing the bat and hit the ball. It’s up to each player to bring that with them every day. Chill out dude. The Braves are 2 games out while in the midst of a terrible team slump. All things considered, Fredi has done a fantstic job keeping this train on the track.

Chipper

June 10th, 2011
7:17 pm

Prado needs to learn to play with pain. 80 percent of him is better than 100% of me at this stage in my career.

BravesTransplant

June 10th, 2011
7:17 pm

First off the Staph infection can come on fairly quickly. My son wrestles and got Staph over a 3 day period that went from a paper cut size to a golf ball size basically over night. That was May 29. Went to the Dr. May 31 and started meds June 1st. By the time we started meds it began to spred to other areas. However, by the 5th it had dried up and began to clear up. Dr. told him no sports for 14 day (the full cycle of meds) and he’d be fine.

My point is, is that Staph left untreated can be disforming and deadly. But it can be treated easily, so He’ll be ok. This infection happens quickly and can be fixed quickly. But he’ll need at least the 15 days to get better.

About baseball.
We need him (Prado) back and I’m pretty sure he’ll be itching to get back (no pun intended) We just need the other guys to get better and back out there ASAP and hopefully keep the rest of our guys healthy.
Can you imagine what the Braves would look like if we had no injuries (and Uggla).
I just hope we don’t get nervous and trade away our youth pitching for a rent-a-bat for just one year.
The Braves will come around (Uggla too)

Dennis Reynolds

June 10th, 2011
7:18 pm

Wardo-
Fredi sits in the dugout. The players are on the field playing (something Fredi was never good at). We have a great group of players and they’re going to win plenty of games. My point is that Fredi doesn’t know how to MANAGE this group of players. If he had any idea how to write out a lineup, we would have a few more wins. People who don’t see that have probably never played baseball past little league. There is absolutely NO excuse for batting Uggla and Gonzo 2nd. I don’t care that we just swept the Marlins. We didn’t sweep them because Gonzo was hitting 2nd. We won despite that. Pulling JJ the other night when he got in that jam was ridiculous and judging by JJs comments, I think he probably lost a lot of respect for him and has no credibility in his eyes.

Left Right Left

June 10th, 2011
7:22 pm

@Rick–ever hear of editing? The blog was edited and enhanced after that comment was posted. The previous didn’t mention anything about McLouth and Heyward.

Wardo

June 10th, 2011
7:24 pm

Wrong again. Just because you are from up north gives you no right to think that you know baseball. And don’t for 1 second think that I don’t know baseball. That would be a very bad assumption on your part. But to your argument, what would you have Fredi do? The entire starting outfield is on the DL, somebody has to hit 2nd. Not to mention we have to pencil somebody into all 8 spots in the lineup. Please enlighten us all with your lineup for tonites game.

Rick

June 10th, 2011
7:25 pm

Dennis I don’t think Gonzo or Uggla are the best options for the two hole, but Gonzo had several RBIs in that spot over the Marlins series. You say we won despite that, but without his RBIs we wouldn’t have won those games. And I’m not sure what you’re talking about pulling JJ because he pitched a full seven innings. Either way, his comments say he “learned a lesson.” Anything you’ve said about their players and their respect for Freddi is pure speculation. Everything I’ve read from what they’ve actually said as said otherwise and that he is a true “player’s manager.”

Wardo

June 10th, 2011
7:27 pm

Asa far as the pitching goes, JJ blew up the other night and needed to come out of the game. Please understand that the Braves have the best bullpen in MLB. I call that playing to your strengths. Not to mention they won the game. and you complain. Come on man! Your hate of Fredi is clouding your thinking.

Dennis Reynolds

June 10th, 2011
7:35 pm

Ok take it easy Wierdo- I mean Wardo. Taking this a little too seriously. Big man behind the keyboard lol. Anyway Im tired of trying to talk sense into some of you but this should be tonights lineup:
1. Schafer
2. Chipper
3. Freeman
4. Uggla
5. Hinske
6. Gonzalez
7. Ross
8. Young

A healthy and productive lineup:
1. Constanza/ Schafer
2. Prado
3. Chipper
4. Heyward
5. Uggla
6. Mac
7. Freeman
8. Gonzo

The lineup that I would like to see but would never happen because Fredi’s too much of a wimp to move Chipper:
1. Prado
2. Chipper
3. Heyward
4. Uggla
5. Mac
6. Freeman
7. Gonzo
8. Schafer/Nate/Constanza

Darth Ortiz

June 10th, 2011
7:36 pm

Dennis I can feel your anger growing inside you. Come to the Darkside. We need you!

Conyers Braves Fan

June 10th, 2011
7:37 pm

Is Dennis Reynolds new to the Braves blog? If so he is breaking in with gusto.So far I cannot understand what he is up to other than bashing Freddi, putting down the Braves fans,etc. What is your point Dennis?

Rick

June 10th, 2011
7:38 pm

Dennis you would want the team’s best base stealing threat in the 8-hole? Makes no sense. You can’t risk running with the pitcher behind you.

Caseyatthebat

June 10th, 2011
7:39 pm

Hey, why isn’t Brian McCann playing tonight?

1eyedJack

June 10th, 2011
7:41 pm

Slap some jackass linimint on it and play ball!!

Conyers Braves Fan

June 10th, 2011
7:46 pm

I just figured Dennis out. He is lonely and needs someone to talk to.
He is getting what he wants tonight because we are all responding to his nonsense. This is my last response.

Ralph

June 10th, 2011
7:57 pm

I just don’t understand calling up Hicks, I guess they just love players that can’t hit a lick, Gartrell has been knocking the cover off the ball lately, lots of power and Constanza is hitting .336 and has lots of speed. I’m just not sure about the commitment to win from management on this team

Wardo

June 10th, 2011
7:58 pm

Now we all know that you Don’t know baseball. Heyward 3rd? Chipper 2nd? Schafer has to be the leadoff hitter and Mccann hitting 6th? You are on drugs. Please put the crack pipe down and turn the TV off. Check back with AJC.com and they will keep you updated on how the Braves are doing. Good luck to you.

Go Braves!

Dennis Reynolds

June 10th, 2011
7:58 pm

Ideal lineup:
1. Mac
2. Mather
3. Young
4. Schafer
5. Freeman
6. Chipper
7. Uggla
8. Prado

John Leonard

June 10th, 2011
7:59 pm

I hope Prado did’nt go out with the girl with the blisters.

Dennis Reynolds

June 10th, 2011
7:59 pm

Please someone respond Im yearning for a response!!!

Dennis Reynolds

June 10th, 2011
8:04 pm

Conyers Braves Fan-
How bout dem dawgs? Yeah c’mon got me a 20′ bass bote this here weekend guna git me some long cut and tell sum rasist jokes while my son is in summer scool tryin to make it to the next grade. That bo makes me so prowd. Just like his poppa.

EDIMGIAFAD

June 10th, 2011
8:04 pm

It’s time for Uggla to get better or go to Gwinett.

Dennis Reynolds

June 10th, 2011
8:05 pm

Some give me a tomahawk chop and a Hell Yeah and a Yee Haw for Conyers!!

Big Jim

June 10th, 2011
8:05 pm

Rumor is Dennis Reynolds is going to replace Joe Biden on the Obama ticket in 2012.

LJ

June 10th, 2011
8:05 pm

Staff infection? WebMB? Methinks somebody could do a little editing here…

bruce

June 10th, 2011
8:07 pm

Caseyatthebat

June 10th, 2011
8:07 pm

OK, Dennis Reynolds. I have a legitimate question for you. I do not, however, wish to get into the stupid personal attacks that are so common on here. What do you think of the Braves trading for Andre Ethier? I recently read an article by Jeff Something or other on the Bleacher Report which discussed the ten most likely trades. Ethier was his number one candidate. Care to comment?

Micah

June 10th, 2011
8:11 pm

Anyone find it disturbing a MARLINS dr. said it was worse? Of course he wants one of our best players on the bench!

Billy Jack's Barbecue & Shrimp Co.

June 10th, 2011
8:26 pm

Ouch. This hurts.

NO MORE BOBBY

June 10th, 2011
8:35 pm

Crap! This means Uggla has to play now.

Quicherbichin

June 10th, 2011
8:41 pm

Deniis- my preference for the lineup of this blog does not include you. Ok Bravos… Fire FW AND FG and replace them with Dennis. He will do both jobs for about 15.80 so for the price of an upper level ticket, you’ve filled 2 positions. Then we will see all sorts of exciting things happen in Atlanta…. Oh wait… The only balls he plays with hang beween his legs….

willy

June 10th, 2011
8:47 pm

someone get this DA, Dennis Reynolds, outta here. I dont care how much he claims it. He is not a real braves fan

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