Prado back at third base

Vivlamore reporting from Turner Field with your Braves report.

Martin Prado was at third base Sunday night, his second game at the position this season and a move from his left field position. It could be an indicator that Prado will move to third base on a regular basis while Chipper Jones is on the disabled list.

Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez was wary about moving hot-hitting Prado between the two positions. Gonzalez said he wanted to give Juan Francisco another game or two to at third base before making a decision.

Francisco had three hits against the Nationals Saturday night. However, he suffered a “minor” hamstring injury during the game. He was held out of the starting lineup Sunday, although he was available to pinch-hit.

“Yesterday, before Francisco’s bat spoke to us and got three hits, I was thinking about putting [Prado] at third base for a while,” Gonzalez said. “And maybe so. We’ll see.”

* With a day off on Thursday, Gonzalez said he does not expect to shuffle his starting rotation to skip the struggling Mike Minor. The plan is to keep the rotation as is and give each pitcher an extra day of rest.

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Dawgdad (The Original)

May 27th, 2012
8:07 pm

One of the things I think has helped Martin be so consistent at the plate this year is playing the same position everyday. Last year they jerked him around willy nilly. Hope, Chip is back soon.

jj

May 27th, 2012
9:08 pm

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Don McMahon

May 27th, 2012
11:35 pm

We need a RH hitting 1B to back up Freeman. 4 K’s for Hinske tonight. Leave Prado in LF. Francisco is 4-5 in last 2 games. Let the kid see if he can do it. We know Diaz can’t against righties and Hinkse can’t against lefties.

8 shutout innings for JJ today. Bring him up and send Minor down or put Minor in pen, and release Livan.

Fredi Will Screw It Up Somehow

May 28th, 2012
12:27 am

No, what you need is a new manager and a culture change. No small trade is going to help these clowns. Can’t you see this team has no leaders? Didn’t you see this when they choked last season?

They are done. DONE! lol

bobbyh

May 28th, 2012
12:28 am

Poor Fredi; he must feel betrayed by his bullpen–they predictably hang him out to dry. Tonight it was Livan. Shouldn’t he, with all his experience and savvy, be able to throw strikes and get some former teammates out? Is Livan tradeable? If so, maybe a change would work out for both parties.

John A.

May 28th, 2012
4:38 am

Where are the Braves getting all of thee out of condition players? Didn’t they have any kind of conditioning in ST? These guys are suppose to be conditioned athletes, but we have a gang of wusses!!! Let me find some hungry players. and I’ll bet they will kill to stay in the lineup.

IHEARTCARROLL

May 28th, 2012
4:00 pm

John A.

The three missing starters are from the flu, vision issues, and a contusion. How are these in any way due to conditioning?

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