Chipper, Prado updates

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.”

Chipper update

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.”

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Pete

June 18th, 2011
11:39 pm

mathman

June 18th, 2011
11:39 pm

We need Gearin up for the pen. Proctor is not very good right now.

drbasic1

June 19th, 2011
1:00 am

I think we might be better with Curly, Larry, and Moe in middle relief rather than limburger, sherry and protractor………….

reason

June 19th, 2011
1:35 am

The Braves just can’t get their act together. One has to play like a winner to be a winner. The Brave lack what it takes to play a winning game. It doesn’t matter who the manager is the players are just sorry, showing no fortitude, or backbone to play like the game such be played.
They playing like last year plain sorry.

Bobby Bobby

June 19th, 2011
1:42 am

How quickly Larry Wayne Jr forgets what he told JHey via the press. I wish just once the AJC beat would call Larry out. I do not want the NY press here but geez David you guys need a back bone here.

BravesFan

June 19th, 2011
1:54 am

Looks like the Phils are going to kick our butts again this year

chipper zzang

June 19th, 2011
3:27 am

Let the haters be haters chief!! U r still the best baseball player to me Chipper hyung. I know u r not gonna be able to play like once you did back in 99 but u r still my hero. I WILL KEEP TOMAHAWK CHOPING FOR YOU UNTILL THE VERY LAST TIME YOU WOULD EVER STAND IN THE BATTER’S BOX!!! GO CHIPPER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

20 out

June 19th, 2011
6:49 am

Love the updates, but don’t want quantity over quality. Somebody needs to proofread this stuff once in a while. Good grief!

Heb 11:1

June 19th, 2011
8:22 am

You gotta believe, Braves fans. This team will make a run.

vermont 39

June 19th, 2011
8:26 am

It looks pretty bleak right now…still, we have a a very good team…GO BRAVES!!!

Benny

June 19th, 2011
8:43 am

The same old Braves, they suck!!

This Team Is Done

June 19th, 2011
9:05 am

Does it really matter? Chipper and Prado have been the only current injured players that were playing well when they got injured.

Heyward coming back hasn’t done anything just like he didn’t do anything before he was injured.

McLouth was at or below average before he got injured, and his return will be nothing special.

Beachy was an average SP at best, and he will be nothing special upon his return either.

Here is what we are missing in order to make this a productive team.

Prado fully healthy.
Chipper fully healthy.
Uggla returning to form.
Heyward returning to form.
Moylan returning healthy.
Medlen returning healthy.
and
A big trade piece to put in the middle of this impotent lineup.

That to me seems like a lot of pieces to get into place, and that is why I keep saying that the Braves are over hyped, and under achievers. They are what they are, a average team that is going nowhere this year.

Keith Edwards

June 19th, 2011
10:29 am

I don’t understand the mentality of a lot of the posters here. Do you realize that if Prado and Chipper come back healthy, Heyward and Uggla return to form, and Moylan and Medlen come back healthy, we will have NO NEED for a “big trade piece” to anchor the lineup?

The braves were sorry last year? When they made the playoffs with a makeshift roster due to injuries? And every game they lost in the NLDS, to the eventual world champions, was by only one run?

Everyone needs to mature a little bit and just relax. We still have a really good team. Injuries have taken a seriously toll, and the pitching is going through a bit of a rough patch as well, but we can weather this storm.

Smart Jay

June 19th, 2011
10:42 am

As usual, moron land on here. Sure the Braves are ailing, and their home record stinks. But, the last few games, we’re playing with a 4A line-up. The team needs Chipper back, Uggla to return to form (he’s not going to have a .183 BABIP all year, not possible), and Heyward to get back to form, and definitely need Prado back. We’re playing 4 important men down right now in the daily lineup.

alanfalcon

June 19th, 2011
11:02 am

HELP, wherever it comes from will be appreciated. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

What???

June 19th, 2011
11:32 am

“This Team is Done” – I was following you until you said that Beachy had been average at best. That’s ridiculous. He was pitching fantastic, especially for a fifth starter, before he got hurt.

Reality

June 19th, 2011
12:16 pm

We all knew the Braves couldn’t withstand many injuries this year and they’ve been hit hard. Add in the big acquisition being an epic flop (worst hitter in the majors for $65MM) and there isn’t much hope.

The comments above re Heyward returning to form overlook the possibility that this may be his true form. Other than the first 2 months last year pitchers have him pretty well figured out and he is fragile

Gman

June 19th, 2011
12:23 pm

With a payroll like ours, there isn’t a plan B. The Braves are what they are-all pitch/no hit. They may have enough pitching to win e WC. They don’t have near enough to win the division (that race ended when we lost 4 of 6 to the Mets (needed ninth inning lightening 2 win the 2 games).

TB bravesfan

June 19th, 2011
2:31 pm

How many strikeouts today?

Bob the Blogger

June 19th, 2011
6:02 pm

Offensively, it boils down to Uggla and Heyward getting back to par. I don’t have too much concern about Heyward if he can swing with a minimal amount of pain, but Uggla has to come around. If he can’t, maybe the Braves should start giving Prado some starts at 2nd when he gets back if McLouth is hitting.

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