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.