Prado begins rehab; Chipper’s knee still sore

Martin Prado caught a flight to Charlotte on Wednesday and began a minor-league rehab assignment, with a plan to come off the disabled list July 15 for the Braves’ first game after the All-Star break.

The standout left fielder has been on the DL for one month recovering from a staph infection in his right calf that required surgery.

Prado is scheduled to play five games with Triple-A Gwinnett – two at Charlotte Wednesday and Thursday, then a three-game series against the same team beginning Friday at Gwinnett.

He could play for Double-A Mississippi or another affiliate on Monday, or the Braves might decide he’s had enough rehab and have him rest a day or two before working out with the major league team July 14 at Turner Field.

“Give him five or six games, and hopefully coming out of the All-Star break he’s good to go,” Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said.

He said Prado would served as designated hitter Wednesday, then probably play left field Thursday and at least one game at third base. As has been the plan, the Braves will move Prado to third base if Chipper Jones goes down for any length, or when the 39-year-old third baseman needs a day off.

Jones’ knee still sore

The cortisone shot Jones got in his knee Sunday didn’t bring relief as quickly as a previous injection, but he was back in the lineup for the second consecutive game Wednesday.

The third baseman is playing with a meniscus tear in his right knee and trying to avoid arthroscopic surgery, which could sideline him for about three weeks. He hit a two-run homer in the third inning Wednesday against Colorado.

Jones had two cortisone shots six weeks ago and was able to play for about a month relatively pain-free. He said those shot worked quickly. But not the one he got Sunday, which was a single injection with a higher dosage.

“I was really fine within, like, 36 hours, 48 hours [after the first shot],” he said. “Last night [Tuesday] it didn’t feel good at all. I probably shouldn’t have played. I’m glad I did, but it’s just hard [to go] side to side, slowing down….

“I just didn’t feel right [Tuesday]. Not having that first step quickness, you favor it. It’s hard to stay on back of it right-handed, swinging the bat. Just one of those things we’ve got to continue to monitor and deal with.”

Heyward gets day off

Jason Heyward was out of the lineup Wednesday, but only for a rest. He hasn’t had an recurrence of pain from right-shoulder inflammation that kept him on the disabled list for three weeks until June 15.

“Shoulder feels good,” he said. “Keep doing physical therapy and working out, and we’ll go from there.

He was 18-for-73 (.247) with six doubles, one homer and six RBIs in 19 games since returning, with eight walks and 16 strikeouts.

“Just having to make adjustments,” he said. “Because before I got hurt they were pounding me in, now they’re going back away.”

39 comments Add your comment

A brain cell

July 6th, 2011
8:28 pm

Time to get cut Chipper. Have fun in Arizona, then under the knife!


July 6th, 2011
8:37 pm

First to say first!


July 6th, 2011
9:04 pm

Come on have the surgery. Do what is right for the team. On second thought, go to the all star game and put off the DL time until it is convenient for you.


July 6th, 2011
9:17 pm

What is Rex Brothers brother’s name again ?

Blind Deaf and Dumb

July 6th, 2011
9:26 pm

Maalox, you help me take a nice dump, but that is about the extent of your value.


July 6th, 2011
9:31 pm

Can the pitchers please stop thinking they are Greg Maddux and let the defense make a dang play?

Nate McLouth

July 6th, 2011
10:23 pm

Hi Braves fans: I am Nate McLouth, some of you call me McOut. I think you call me that because for 1 and 1/2 years now I have stunk as a hitter. So, I will make a deal with you. I will start hitting better when you red necks start spelling correctly and writing complete coherent sentences.

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The Mets Really Stink

July 6th, 2011
10:33 pm

What is this about trading Beachy? Has FW gone completely daffy?


July 6th, 2011
10:35 pm

Mike Stanton walk off home run. Marlins beat Philly 7-6 in 10. Braves 3 games out.

Why would any sane person want to trade Beachy?

the truth...the cold hard truth

July 6th, 2011
10:54 pm

Who says FW is talking trading Beachy? With the 2nd best record in MLB he should listen….but has ZERO reason to do anything that is not HUGE for us….


July 6th, 2011
10:56 pm

Kudos to Schafer. 4 hits, SB, RBI; great defense. Now, BA is higher than McLouth, Gonzo, and Heyward. BA headed up. McLouth’s headed down. May not even need to trade if Prado comes back healthy and Chipper can continue to play. Could use a RH OF which might be Ramirez. Another pinch hit for Ramirez tonight, making 4 for the year. The kid has all of the other tools, can run, and great arm. Looks like he goes back to minors when Prado comes off DL, unless Wren can find a taker for McLouth, for a prospect.


July 6th, 2011
11:02 pm

This is a total shock. mathman….you finally put up a concise coherent logical comment. Good job sir. However, yes Schafer is helping BA, but the most important thing for a lead off man is his OBP. Schafer still has to improve, and if he keeps going to LF and hitting grounders and actually bunting for a hit, he can. It will be interesting to see what Wren does after the break….Fredi did say…..”we will MAKE a roster move when Prado is ready to go”. 2nd half is going to be fun.


July 6th, 2011
11:16 pm

Thank you Joseph…Mathman sometimes get 2+2=5


July 6th, 2011
11:54 pm

I feel like Lowe should be the “bait” instead of Beachy but I can’t help but believe that he will have another strong second half and be one of the reasons that the Braves make the playoffs. If the Braves can’t get a good right handed bat for Lowe they might as well ride with the group that they have. Platoon Schafer and McClouth when Prado returns, get Chipper the surgery, and give Wilkin Ramariz more playing time. Uggla’s getting hot, and please give Julio Lugo more playing time, I think that he can out hit Gonzo.

David O'Brien

July 7th, 2011
12:09 am

I feel like Lowe should be the “bait” instead of Beachy — VinceVanGo

The only place Beachy is being traded is in the minds of some outside the organization who simply speculated that the Braves, with their pitching depth, might trade him.

They have not and do not have any interest in trading him. He’s too good, too affordable to trade.

A-Ville Ranger

July 7th, 2011
4:31 am

I agree with DOB and proably every knowledgable fan. Beachy has too much value and comes to reasonably priced to move. I love everything about the guy.


July 7th, 2011
6:06 am

I think Chipper has to wait a few weeks for surgery, the recent cortisone shot requires a wait to dissipate before surgery can be performed.

Any MDs care to comment?

[...] to make it back to the big leagues. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Prado will reunite with the Braves on July 15, the first game after the All-Star [...]

old timer

July 7th, 2011
7:47 am

Beachy at this stage of his development looks great. Composed, good stuff, good control, not a lot of bad innings. Definite keeper.

Schafer’s big night is only one game, but it does remind us that he hasn’t been up that long. Four hits and his average goes up 20 points. It’s much too early to say he can’t hit. He seems to have a good approach at the plate and he certainly has all-around baseball skills. Since he started playing regularly in center, the team has really taken off. McLouth should be the fourth OF when Prado returns. It’s a good role for him. He will still see plenty of action, but not enough to drive us out of our minds.

Chris White

July 7th, 2011
7:48 am

DOB, I’m with you on Beachy. He has provided youth and the future of Braves pitching. He, along with JJ, Medlen, Teheren, Minor are the Young Guns of Braves pitching. These young guys are learning from some of the best pitchers baseball has had. You know Glavine has been hanging close to them, Lowe and Huddy are smart pitchers, I am sure the young guys are picking their brains. I mean these guys have the future staff of pitching either already in the majors or ready to come up when an opening presents itself.

Blob Horner

July 7th, 2011
7:56 am

Chipper going to the All-Star Game despite his injury,IMHO, brings to mind his handling of the batting crown race a couple of years back. He certainly wasn’t channeling Ted Williams when he artfully dodged difficult matchups at the end of that season. This guy, to me, is a paradox of conflicting qualities. He seems to have finally become a mentor to younger teamates and is well liked, but when the sh.t hits the fan, he seems to be all about Larry. He is arguably the most talented Atlanta Brave hitter in 20 years, but I can’t help but wonder how much better he would have been if he had the make-up of a Brian McCann, Martin Prado, Greg Maddox ,Dale Murphy…The lack of personal discipline in his professional and private life has taken a tole. His potential suggested Mike Schmidt, Derrick Jeeter, his legacy will be several rungs down the ladder. When it comes down to it, he just doesn’t seem to give a Hooters.


July 7th, 2011
8:50 am

With Prado coming back, this is the time for Chipper to get that knee cleaned up. Prado can play 3rd. McLouth looks good out in left.

Brooklyn Braves Brawler

July 7th, 2011
9:07 am

I agree, Chipper needs to get the surgery and be ready to go, for the post season. Somebody in mgmt has to get to him and say, “Hey, we need you long term.”

Prado at 3rd is a great option to have and lets Wilkin stay up for 2 to 3 more weeks. Nate stays in LF and Chipper should take DL stint

Brooklyn Braves Brawler

July 7th, 2011
9:09 am

Freddie Freeman is fusion of Fred McGriff & Ryan Klesko with a little Hal Morris mixed in.

He swings hard, just in case he hits it!


July 7th, 2011
9:41 am

Trade Heyward and McLouth for Jeff Francour


July 7th, 2011
10:06 am

When Prado comes back, Chipper needs to fix his knee. That way he’ll be available down the playoff stretch. Guessing this is Chipper’s last year, I’m sure he wants to contribute.

Terry Dunlap

July 7th, 2011
10:37 am

I agree with Brain Cell, Have the surgery now, and he will be ready for the Sep run!!!! Better now, than later!!!! Enough said!!!!

The Mets Really Stink

July 7th, 2011
10:47 am

Dave: Thanks for clarifying the Beachy “trade” talk—glad to know that there is no substance to it!

longtime brave fan

July 7th, 2011
10:53 am

2nd best record in baseball without our best player.This should be a memorable season just like 1991.

The Mets Really Stink

July 7th, 2011
10:54 am

Chipper may have to wait a few weeks before that surgery—-As I recall, the surgeon who operated on my shoulder said he needed to wait about six weeks after he gave me a cortisone shot before he could do the surgery.

William O

July 7th, 2011
12:14 pm

whos this clown that wants to trade heyward. the kid has five tools and hes still learning and adjustiing to the pitching as they adjusted to him.he would be a solid two hitter with his swing if he would adjust back to the swing that he had before the injury. get with chipper, he will help him straighten him out, i do believe that chipper will be the future pitching coach. He just dont know it yet/ the guys all look up to him and thats why hes so valuable to the team. for all you chipper bashers out there. I agree with dealing lowe if you could find a taker and if you could get sommething decent back for him. As far as all the kids are concerned I dont know why people are high on miner and Lets see what you get out of medlan when he gets back before you make judgement on him We do still need a bat. Im not at all sold on that platoon in center. Like I said dont touch heyward, He is one of the future cornerstones in the braves futures along with freeman and macCann. Glad to see that uglas hitting. Maybe we can get furcal back cheap. thats if all the trade rumors are true. He would be an upgrade offensively to gonzo and he possesses speed and defense too. As long as the price isnt too high and if hes got more than contract left so we wouldnt be just renting him. No more rentals please. Ive had my fill with tex


July 7th, 2011
1:04 pm

Can anyone realistically see a taker for Lowe?


July 7th, 2011
1:11 pm

Does anyone think Freddie F will wind up being a better overall player than his ol’ roommate?


July 7th, 2011
1:12 pm

Blob Horner…Greg Maddux? THE GREG MADDUX? The guy that took himself out after 6 innings and had a personal catcher? Oh…ok.


July 7th, 2011
3:57 pm

The only realistic taker for Lowe would be Boston. They have serious pitching issues and are losing ground to Yanks with Rays breathing down their neck. They have too much invested to allow themselves to miss another post-season and are one of the few clubs that could afford his salary.

Braves would not need much in return. A prospect or 2 could get it done. Add in that Lowe has pitched in Boston and can handle the magnifying glass there makes him a better candidate than other pitchers who may be available.


July 7th, 2011
5:31 pm

Ok, Schafer had a big game yesterday, now just be consistent with the bat with the occasional big game and continue to play good D. Heyward showed me something today, I did not think he had in himself! Single, double, HR and he actually beat out that infield single that he was called out on. With that performance, he does not look like he needs to go down to minors, just play with consistency and be aggressive at the plate. Looks like Prado in left, Schafer in center, and Heyward in right is correct. McLouth is the back-up for all 3 positions. He will be gone after this season is over, 6 million to much to pay a back-up guy! No more talk about Frenchy, there is no OF position for him with us! This team should live and die with what they have at this time, do not disrupt this team’s chemistry!!!!!!!!!!!


July 7th, 2011
5:33 pm

Lowe is a decent major league pitcher that seems to do well in the playoffs. Is his salary really in 12-15 million per year range? If so not tradeable?


July 7th, 2011
6:21 pm

Yes Tom 15 mil it is. With rest of 2011 + 2012 he is owed around 22 mil on the balance of the 4 year deal. That leaves Boston, Yanks, maybe Angels as contenders who could possibly afford the contract. And of those only Boston is really hurting in the starting rotation. Otherwise Braves would have to trade him and pay a good chunk of salary which is not something they have historically done.

Lowe has done a decent job in 2.5 years and is still a quality starter. Maybe not a #1 like he is getting paid but still dependable. Braves can replace him with in house talent and free up $$$ for a bat or 2.

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