Prado won’t alternate at LF and 3B while Chipper DL’d

Martin Prado might stay in left field or he might move to third base while Chipper Jones is on the disabled list, but he won’t move back and forth between positions the way he did last season.

So says Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez, who doesn’t want to do anything that might adversely affect his hottest hitter. Gonzalez thinks that Prado alternating between left field and third base in 2011 might have been a factor in his career-worst season.

Jones was placed on the disabled list after Friday night’s game with a slow-healing contusion of his lower left leg, which remains painful and grotesquely discolored more than a week after he was struck by a hard one-hop grounder in a game at Tampa Bay on May 18.

“With Chipper down for 15 [games], he’s going to play left field the rest of the way,” Gonzalez said of Prado, “or he’s going to play third.”

Gonzalez wanted to wait at least a couple of more games to make that decision after seeing how backup third baseman Juan Francisco would respond to the opportunity in front of him.

“Francisco can make that decision,” Gonzalez said, meaning Francisco could secure the regular job while Jones is out by playing well in the next several games, although Matt Diaz would presumably still play some left field and Prado some third base against some difficult left-handers.

Francisco was hitting .200 overall with five homers, three walks and 26 strikeouts in 80 at-bats before Saturday, including .215 with four homers and 12 RBIs in 65 at-bats as a third baseman.

He made some inroads toward the regular job until Jones returns by collecting three of the Braves’ eight hits Saturday, including a ninth-inning double. Francisco drove in a run in the second inning.

While most of the Braves regulars have slumped lately, Prado has scorched. He had a .356 average with 19 extra-base hits, 19 RBIs and a .974 on-base-plus-slugging percentage in his past 35 games before Saturday, including .480 (24-for-50) with a .526 on-base percentage in his past 13 games.

During the Braves’ five-game losing skid before Saturday, Prado was 8-for-19 and the rest of the team was 21-for-142 (.148).

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Darryl Blackberry

May 26th, 2012
6:23 pm

*sigh* LF it is, I guess. I mean, that’s where Prado’s been doing most of his damage all season…

I don’t mind if Francisco stinks it up the next two weeks. Really, I don’t. I just hope that Fredi acts accordingly and calls up another third baseman who can give us quality ABs after the debacle.

Tweet

May 26th, 2012
6:26 pm

Cheer up all
After today the braves wii drop to fifth place, one game out of last place!
And we get to play Cards,Yakees,,BlueJays!Orioles and Yanks again!
Things are certainly looking up!!

BravesfaninWis

May 26th, 2012
6:38 pm

Fine, as if it wasn’t bad enough that you fall on your faces in a 4 game series against the damn Reds, you have to fall on your faces in front of your home crowd against the team you are trying to take the division lead over.

I ask this question. How is it that a fan of a team is supposed to show unwavering support for their favorite team when that said team plays with no f’n heart or passion? If there is a way to choke away a game, or a season in MLB, the Braves will no doubt find that way. If there were an award handed out each year for the biggest choke job, and letting their fans down, the Braves would have as many of those awards in the past 5 years as they do division titles in the 14 years before that, 1 EVERY YEAR..

Its difficult to support a team year after year when you know they will choke. Even when this team won their 14 consecutive division titles, they choked in the playoffs. 1 f’n WS title in 14 consecutive playoff appearances. That absolutely sucks. The Marlins have more WS title wins in far less playoff appearances in the past 15 years that the Braves do. What good is 14 straight division titles when all you do is get bounced in the first round of the playoffs year after year, or choke away leads in playoff games and send your fans home pissed off? Point being, I am a Braves fan now, I will be tomorrow, and I will be next season, but this has to be one of the biggest choke artist teams in pro sports history. Hell, if the Yankees, Red Sox, or damn near any other team for that matter made the playoffs for 14 straight years and got 1st rd byes, they would have more that 1 WS Title to their credit. Why is that? Because good teams get it done.

jj

May 26th, 2012
6:39 pm

Darryl, JF is 2 for 3 today and has 5 homer..just a kid trying to make it..not fat as some claim 6′3- 245 (is not fat). So why the hate?
He’s better than some on team.

Fred ™

May 26th, 2012
6:44 pm

How come that miserable asshat Schultz has the braves chat?

hiway61

May 26th, 2012
7:01 pm

DOB is Braves beat writer and Mark & Jeff are the ajc all sports writers. I guess-thats what I was told one time.

hiway61

May 26th, 2012
7:05 pm

Francisco is 3 for 4 today..

Steve

May 26th, 2012
8:07 pm

Time for changes. The Frank and Fredi regime has to end.

bruce

May 26th, 2012
8:22 pm

Marteeeeeeeeeen!

DaveinNEPA

May 26th, 2012
8:38 pm

Does anyone remember June, 2006? Braves started the month 3 games over .500 and came out of it 8 games under. Started the month going 2-18. Looks to me like this version is trying to duplicate the 06 version.

I’m not even going to invest any more of the holiday weekend watching this mess. I think this team needs a complete overhaul from top to bottom because I don’t think this franchise can win anything with the current FO, Manager and coaches, or players.

Brava

May 26th, 2012
10:09 pm

Hope they leave Prado in LF and let Francisco keep playing 3B. It appears the more he gets to play, the better he is.

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John A.

May 27th, 2012
2:01 pm

I knew it was coming…..i’ve just been waiting for the shoe to fall. Perhaps more true fans will reckonize the fact that Wren is a wanna be. He is only GREAT in his own mind!!!! If that were not a fact he would still be in Baltimore. BTW…when Fredi was hired Davey Johnson was available too…….see what he’ doing with Washington don’t you? He’s a WINNER, and knows how to MANAGE.

Dennis

May 27th, 2012
2:50 pm

Reading this blog is sort of like looking at an automobile wreck. You don’t want to, know it will turn your stomach, but you just can’t help yourself. I know when I open this up to read it I will be turned off by the stupidity of some. The Braves are above .500 in a competitive division and in a skid right now, but next week they may begin a winning streak. People on here make me think of my ex-wife….always
wanting more, never happy for the good things and constantly nagging.

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