It's said every year, but Martin Prado's skill set is better suited for the real game than fantasy. His primary fantasy contribution is a solid batting average, but in today's landscape, more is usually required from hitter who's only eligible at third base, unless a roster is constructed in a manner to drop a hitter of Prado's ilk into corner or utility in the end game. He continues to sport stellar contact skills, and eclipsed the .300 plateau last season for the first time since 2012. Speaking to his consistency, Prado has garnered at least 500 plate appearances for eight consecutive seasons, hitting at least .282 in all but one. However, his power has slipped into single-digit home run territory, and fantasy players can count his expected steals on their thumbs. Assuming he remains high in the order, the veteran will score some runs, but even that is tempered by a mediocre walk rate, as evidenced by crossing the plate more than 80 times only twice in his career, last done in 2012.
Prado has been diagnosed with a Grade 1 hamstring strain and could miss the first month of the season or more, The Miami Herald reports. "I want to make sure that I'm 100 percent and not trying to rush this," Prado said Saturday. "First of all, I just have to get pain-free running. That's our main goal now and after that be strong enough to hold up with a healthy hamstring." He was injured Wednesday during WBC play, and the 33-year-old will now be forced to miss the early part of the regular season. Derek Dietrich and Miguel Rojas will split time at third base while Prado is on the shelf.
Prado (hamstring) will undergo an MRI on Saturday, Andre Fernandez of the Miami Herald reports. Prado left the World Baseball Classic after injuring his hamstring, and the medical examination will determine his timetable for recovery. If the veteran has to miss time early in the season, Derek Dietrich and Miguel Rojas could platoon at the hot corner. Prado remains an OK bat for deep mixed fantasy leagues, but an extended absence would hurt his already limited ceiling.
Prado (hamstring) will miss the rest of the World Baseball Classic after being sent back to Marlins camp for further medical testing, Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY reports. The third baseman leaves Team Venezuela in order to rest and get ready for the regular season, though the 33-year-old's Opening Day availability may suddenly be in jeopardy.
Prado has been diagnosed with a strained hamstring and will return to Marlins camp for further testing, MLB.com's Joe Frisaro reports. The club believes Prado's injury is minor, but won't take any chances with the 33-year-old veteran, who was signed to a new, three-year deal in September. He had been playing for Venezuela in the World Baseball Classic, but Prado's stint with the national team may be short-lived, depending on the test results. Consider him day-to-day moving forward.
Venezuela manager said Prado pulled his right hamstring in Wednesday's game, Kyle Glaser of Baseball America reports. Vizquel also announced that Prado was day-to-day, and may not be available for the rest of the round. It doesn't sound too serious, but he should have a firmer return timetable in the near future.