The Braves could have third baseman Gonzalez said he couldn’t give a date for Prado’s expected return because the doctors aren’t certain. Staph-infection wounds are left open after surgery, and usually take 2-3 weeks to heal. Prado had surgery June 10.
“You’ve got to let that incision to heal completely before you can do anything,” Gonzalez said. “You’ve got to wait for that incision to heal, then however long it takes him to get back in shape, how he feels coming back from that infection, his strength and all that kind of stuff.”
“We want everything cut-and-dried, but I don’t want to try to guess. I don’t know. I really can’t tell you…. He hasn’t done anything. With Jason [Heyward], his shoulder wasn’t good but he could be out running, playing catch, keeping his strength up. [Prado] hasn’t done anything.”
Third baseman Chipper Jones missed his second consecutive start with a strained right adductor muscle near his right groin. Gonzalez said before Saturday’s game that he hoped to have Jones back in the lineup by Sunday or Monday, but that outlook changed a bit when Jones didn’t progress much during the long day at the ballpark.
“Now we’re shooting for maybe pinch-hitting tomorrow, maybe even Monday or Tuesday,” Gonzalez said.
Jones said he warmed up at least a couple of times during the game Saturdy in case he was needed as a left-handed pinch-hitter, but that the painful muscle prevented him from swinging right-handed.
“I’d be tempting fate if I did it right-handed,” he said after the game. ” I mean, I could go swing 50-percent, 60-percent, just all upper body and not put anything into it. But I go out there and try to turn around 95 mph, you need your legs, you need your hips. It’s just impossible right now….
“If there were any way that I felt like I could play through it and still help it get better, I would. I can’t.”