SAN DIEGO – Left fielder Martin Prado made significant progress the past two days in his recovery from staph-infection surgery, and the Braves said there’s a chance he could return before the All-Star break.
The incision has nearly healed from the June 10 procedure on his right calf, and Prado started hitting baseballs off a tee at Turner Field on Friday.
When the incision is completely closed, perhaps within a few days, he will be cleared to begin running and other baseball activities.
Prado had surgery to clean out staph infection from his calf along with a small area of his left knee. Incisions typically require two to three weeks to heal.
Incisions are not stitched but left open following staph-infection surgery, in order to heal from the bottom out.
He has not played since June 7, the night Prado was hit in the left knee by a catcher’s throw while stealing second base in a game at Florida. That injury was unrelated to the staph infection, Braves doctors said.
An All-Star second baseman in 2010, Prado’s absence has been felt by a Braves offense that’s struggled mightily. They hit .199 in their past 12 games before Saturday.
Prado had a .277 average with 17 doubles, eight homers and 33 RBIs in 61 games before being sidelined. He still ranked second on the team in doubles, third in RBIs and tied for third in homers before Saturday.
Hanson’s a go Tuesday
Tommy Hanson threw a bullpen session Friday without incident, his final test before he’s to be activated from the 15-day disabled list to make Tuesday’s start at Seattle.
Hanson (8-4, 2.48 ERA) has missed two starts while recovering from rotator-cuff tendinitis in his pitching shoulder. Friday was the first time he’d thrown off a mound since being DL’d.