Prado might return before All-Star break

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.

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B

June 25th, 2011
8:36 pm

Ericthecone don’t post your garbage here

Ericthecone

June 25th, 2011
9:00 pm

Larry Parrish gave Prado the staph infection

lowdown

June 25th, 2011
9:06 pm

We sure need Prado’s bat right now. Can’t wait to get Big Red back on the bump either. Hopefully Moylen can get back before we wear our bullpen out but I havn’t heard anything too positive. What’s the latest word on the bulging disk? Medlen seems to be making great progress, Bet that lil bundle of energy is chomping at the bit! GO BRAVOS!

katherine

June 25th, 2011
9:08 pm

we need everyones bat right now

Who me?

June 25th, 2011
9:13 pm

We need Hanson back in the rotation. Trade D. Lowe and bring Minor back up. Same difference, less moola to Minor.

james

June 25th, 2011
9:14 pm

ive had staph cut out of my leg before with the hole left open they pack it with medical wrapping or something but a month out for this come on prado it doesnt hurt at all

lowdown

June 25th, 2011
9:16 pm

That’s painfully true Katherine. We’re much better set to handle the injuries to our pitching staff than any position player, much less one of our best bats. Mac s gonna break his back carrying this offense if he doesn’t get some help soon. At least J Hey is back contributing. A few comments from Chipper had him on a rehab start the next day

BravesFAN

June 25th, 2011
9:18 pm

great news about Prado we could really use him right now. When Prado goes the braves go…

Bob

June 25th, 2011
9:47 pm

It is a miracle that this team is 9 games over .500. I mean it is painful to watch these guys at the plate. Dreadful. I mean, other than McCann, no one is hitting. Crazy.

Hoho

June 25th, 2011
10:34 pm

Anyone catch the tv trivia answer from the game tonite?
Only first basemen (2?) to play for padres and braves to record 30 homers in a season (besides McGriff). We looked away from screen and missed the answer.

Hoho

June 25th, 2011
10:38 pm

My bad- guess we didn’t miss the answer. Sheffield and klesko

Remarkable

June 25th, 2011
11:05 pm

We need a hitting coach. Move Parish to some other duty, grounds, broadcasting, anything. Hey, bring in Chipper’s dad. Couldn’t be any worse?

Who me?

June 25th, 2011
11:12 pm

Here’s a sequence that you’ll find hard to believe tomorrow:

McCann bunts leading off in the 8th, gets on.
Freeman gets a double off the LF wall
Uggla (yes Uggla) gets a single through the hole on the left side, McCann scores (remember, he led off with a bunt single)
McLouth drags a bunt way down the first base stripe, Uggla scores.

When did this team learn to play ABC baseball, much less bunt unselfishly??

Good job guys, now keep your foot on their neck and win this thing….

Doink

June 25th, 2011
11:13 pm

You missed a couple of things in your sequence there…..but close counts I guess…..

Ron

June 25th, 2011
11:29 pm

Heeeeee’s baaaaaaaaack

Bob

June 25th, 2011
11:31 pm

Maybe I need to come on here every day and make comments about the dreadful hitting. ;-)

lowdown

June 25th, 2011
11:39 pm

Uggla might not be Struggla anymore. Chipper bout got impaled with a broken bat with 26 outs in the books. What in the world is he still doing in there with a 9 run lead and why would we use Venters tonight? Venters already leads the NL in innings

Who me?

June 25th, 2011
11:41 pm

You read it here first – JJ starts for the NL in the All-Star game. First 10 Game winner in the NL…

Uggla gets 4 RBI’s, gives LP some fist bump love in the dugout. Its about time…..maybe LP is tired of getting dissed and starting to figure out the kinks. The jury’s out but hope springs eternal after a game like tonight.

God Forbid if we ever get Offense, Pitching, and Defense on the same page. Phillies won’t know what hit ‘em.

Who me?

June 25th, 2011
11:43 pm

Linebrink closing?? liked it, question Venters having to make an appearance, the boy needs a couple nights off.

But did you see the gas Linebrink was bringing??

Chris from the Rock

June 25th, 2011
11:55 pm

I’m guessing we will see Wilkin Ramirez in the lineup tomorrow with a southpaw on the hill. Schafer could use a day off.

J-Man

June 26th, 2011
12:23 am

I know it won’t happen but how about maybe Venters should be getting some CY Young consideration????? And he should be Rolaids relief pitcher of the year.

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Who me?

June 26th, 2011
12:37 am

Schafer does NOT need a day off. He needs to be in there every single inning for the remainder of the year.

Chipper needs the day off. Old man tried to steal tonight and got pegged at second. What was he thinking? Give him Sunday off to rest the knee….

Stev 34

June 26th, 2011
12:39 am

Does anyone think we will be interested in trading D-Lowe? If so, who do you think we could get?

Broncsx3

June 26th, 2011
1:23 am

Stev – when you trade an average pitcher that is often on an 85 pitch count that makes $15 million this season and next who is almost 40 years old; it stops being about what you can get for him but rather how much/who do you have to throw in to convince another team to take the bad contract off your hands.

Okay article, but am I crazy to be annoyed that an article about Prado coming back before the All Star Break fails to mention when the damn All Star Break is? It’s not like all of us fans just have the dates memorized.

Stev 34

June 26th, 2011
2:27 am

So since D-Lowe is under contract next year too…. will we most likely dump him if we cant trade him or will he be in the rotation again next year?

ivy

June 26th, 2011
6:33 am

We really miss prado’s bat and prescence and evenghough he is not hitting 300 this year, he has a great approach! I don’t get mad when guys struggle at the plate but just having good at bats makes braves fans proud Alex Gonzalez should stop being such a freeswinger! San Diego get rid of that stupid field, fredi and J-Hey missed homers because even when u crush a ball in Petco the ball does not carry!

Chipper's ACL

June 26th, 2011
7:23 am

There’s only two ways Lowe is not in Atl next season. First, Braves management would eat most of his salary in a trade. They have never been willing to do this so don’t bet it happens. Second would be a trade with a team that also has a player with a large salary who is not living up to expectations. This could be the only way to dump Lowe, one bad contract for another. Two teams jump out here that may be willing partners, Seattle with Figgins and the Yankees with Swisher. I know Figgy’s avg is right there with Uggla’s but he has been terrible since his move to Seattle. Change may be good for him. Swish is an OB machine and could spell any of our left handed hitters, even Freeman.

Even though dumping Lowe is what we all wish for I doubt it happens. Wren isn’t creative enough nor is he willing to eat crow. I see more of a chance of a player dump like we did with Millwood and Soriano. I’ll let ya’ll guess on who that pitcher would be.

james

June 26th, 2011
8:37 am

2 HOHO IT WAS RYAN KLESK AND FRED MCGRIFF

james

June 26th, 2011
8:37 am

excuse me KLESKO

rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

June 26th, 2011
9:44 am

Adding to their batting woes,their fielding ranking is dropping. They are now about 19th in mlb and while the percent differences are small , they have like 16 more errors than the Phils who are near or at the top. Pitching between the two teams is damned good and the Phils so far have not been the same batting team as last year, so the Braves have stayed kind of close in the standings. If the Braves get their offense back on track I still say their fielding will be what makes or breaks their season.

ivy

June 26th, 2011
9:45 am

People be patient with Lowe did we see Zach Greinke struggle but he has a winning record because the brewers are a good offensive club not so much for the braves! Derek Lowe can go elsewhere with his high era and have a good record if he was on a good offensive team our pitchers can’t be super heroes our offense needs consistency to take sum pressure off some of our starters

Rev3:20

June 26th, 2011
9:59 am

Minor miracle that we can even see Philly given all the offensive inconsistency. If we can hit on all cylinders Philly is catchable.

John Mayberry

June 26th, 2011
10:56 am

Looks like we’re tied (with NYY and Boston) for second for wins on the season with 44. Only those damned Phils have more…at 48. I’m as sick of those guys as they must have been of us during our glory years.

Now if we could just reactivate Steve Busby and Richie Scheinblum’s bat would pick up, we could contend with those pesky A’s.

oldawg

June 26th, 2011
11:29 am

Klesko and Derrick Lee

[...] The good news comes via beat writer David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. [...]

[...] Martin Prado should be able to return before the all-star break and Tommy Hanson will be back to start on Tuesday. [...]

alexcox

June 26th, 2011
12:25 pm

denle break a prado y hanson hasta allsstar sanando los nesesitamos en la segunda mitad los filis se le esta poniendo difisil y podemos sanar alos muchachos en el tiempo en q nos acercamos eso es bueno para entrar en batalla saludable y fresco. en la segunda mitad

alexcox

June 26th, 2011
12:30 pm

wren te cuidado con protocor puede ser el charli lagerjans en el word siries contra minosota. lo q ne sesitamos son buen lansador en buen a~o

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