Tag:Martin PRado
Posted on: May 30, 2011 12:09 am
Edited on: May 30, 2011 10:27 am

3 Up, 3 Down: Kershaw dominates

Clayton Kershaw

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers-- The Dodgers' left-hander threw a two-hitter and struck out 10 in Los Angeles' 8-0 victory over the Marlins. It was his second career shutout. Kershaw allowed just a soft single by Omar Infante and a line-drive double by Logan Morrison, while walking one. So far this season, he has 87 strikeouts in 79 innings with only 24 walks.

Martin Prado, Braves -- Prado not only hit the two-run homer that gave the Braves a 2-1 lead over the Reds, but also threw out Paul Janish at the plate to end the eighth inning (although, an assist to home plate umpire Dan Iassogna, who missed the call.)

Bobby Abreu, Angels -- With his eighth-inning RBI double, Abreu moved past Lou Gehrig on the all-time list with 535 in his career, giving him 32nd on the all-time list by himself. He's three behind the Rockies' Todd Helton, who also doubled on Sunday. Helton's one behind Al Simmons, who is 30th with 539. Tris Speaker holds the record with 792, if you were curious, followed by Pete Rose (746), Stan Musial (725), Ty Cobb (724), Craig Biggio (668) and George Brett (665). Ivan Rodriguez leads all active players with 569. 

Vance Worley, Phillies -- The Phillies have Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, Roy Oswalt, Cole Hamels and Vance Worley. Which of these doesn't belong? If it weren't already clear, Sunday may have helped. Joe Blanton's replacement in the Phillies' heralded rotation allowed 12 hits and eight runs (five earned) in three innings on Sunday, needing 71 pitches to get through three. Of those 71 pitches, the Mets only swung and missed at three of them.

Joakim Soria, Royals -- The one-time Mexicutioner has only been killing the Royals this season. After his team gave him a lead in the ninth, he gave up a homer to Nelson Cruz. He would have gotten out of the inning if Brayan Pena made a tag on the play at the plate, but he didn't. Soria has already marked a career-high with four blown saves this season and has an ERA of 5.57. Despite his struggles, manager Ned Yost said he's standing by Soria as the team's closer. "Jack is our best option," Yost said after the game. "I've been through this five or six times. The worst thing you can do is to start messing around with the bullpen."

Jeff Fulchino, Astros -- The Diamondbacks bullpen has been a big reason Arizona has moved into first place, but Arizona was also helped out by Houston's 'pen. Sunday, Houston blew its 13th of 20 save opportunities this season. Fulchino was the loser against the Diamondbacks, giving up three runs on two hits and a walk in the eight inning, erasing J.A. Happ's strong start.

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Posted on: November 17, 2010 7:48 pm
Edited on: November 17, 2010 8:07 pm

Braves' Prado fine with move to left

Martin Prado With their acquisition of the Dan Uggla on Tuesday, the Braves now have two All-Star second basemen.

The one that was already in Atlanta, Martin Prado, will be moving to left field. Prado, though, could play third base if Chipper Jones isn't ready to return from his knee surgery.

"I talked to him last night," Braves general manager Frank Wren told David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution . "He said, 'I just want to be a part of this team. I want to contribute. I don't care where I play.'"

Prado has played left field in winter ball in his native Venezuela.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: September 28, 2010 8:58 pm

Braves lose Prado for the season

Martin Prado The Braves got bad news back from the MRI on Martin Prado -- it revealed he suffered a torn external oblique muscle in addition to a hip pointer. Prado's season is over.

The team announced the results during Tuesday's game. Prado will need two months of complete rest with "zero activity."

Prado suffered the injury Monday night, diving for a ball to rob Dan Uggla of a hit and then aggravated it when he tried to miss a piece of Mike Stanton's broken bat. After a swing in the fifth inning, Prado went down and had to be helped off the field.

Prado had also battled a broken right pinky finger and sore groin this season.

Brooks Conrad started at third base for Prado, whohad moved there in the absence of Chipper Jones, out for the season with a torn ACL. Prado had been the everyday second baseman, but when Jones went down, utility man Omar Infante became the starter at second, moving Prado to third.

"Push comes to shove, [Troy] Glaus can play third  and [Eric] Hinske can actually play over there too a little bit," manager Bobby Cox told reporters (via the Atlanta Journal-Constitution ). "So we've got to watch pinch-running now with [Diory Hernandez]. We don't really have another guy."

Prado was hitting .307/.350/.459 with 15 homers and 66 RBI for the Braves this season.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: September 28, 2010 1:10 am
Edited on: September 28, 2010 1:20 am

Braves' Prado will be out 'a while'

Martin Prado
Joy over the win that put the Braves in the wild-card lead Monday night was tempered by concern over an injury to All-Star infielder Martin Prado.

Prado suffered a hip pointer while jumping to make a great catch against the Marlins, and while he's listed as day-to-day, manager Bobby Cox told reporters after the game that Prado is "definitely going to be out a while."

Prado, who missed 17 games in August with a broken finger, has been somewhat of a bright spot in recent days for the Braves' staggering offense, batting .316 in the past week. He's got a .307 average for the season, identical to last season, but has upped his home run (15) and RBI (66) numbers while primarily batting leadoff.

Atlanta needs every advantage it can get right now, and now it looks like at least the rest of the regular season will have to be played without an important player.

-- David Andriesen

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Category: MLB
Posted on: August 18, 2010 7:38 pm
Edited on: August 18, 2010 7:40 pm

Braves place Glaus on DL

Troy Glaus Some eyebrows were raised when the Braves acquired Derrek Lee. Would he replace Troy Glaus at first? Were the Braves going to move Glaus to third for Chipper Jones?

Well, yes.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution 's David O'Brien tweets the Braves have placed Glaus on the disabled list, and after a week off he'll go to Triple-A Gwinnett. With Gwinnett, he'll work out at third base so he can play both first and third in September (and presumably October).

Glaus has been hampered with a sore left knee.

After a hot start, Glaus has found himself with a .239/.343/.406 slash line and 16 home runs and 61 RBI. On June 13, he was hitting .290/.382/.504 and in the 51 games since then, he's hit .173/.294/.277 with three homers and 21 RBI.

The Braves have super-sub Omar Infante to use with Martin Prado and mix-and-match the two at second and third base, while Glaus and Lee could be a righty/lefty platoon at first, while Glaus could have a spot start here and there at third base.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: August 18, 2010 10:47 am
Edited on: August 18, 2010 11:01 am

Report: Braves close to getting Cubs' Lee

Derrek Lee
CSN Chicago is reporting that the Cubs and Braves are close to a deal that would send first baseman Derrek Lee to the Braves, who are seeking a bat to make up for the loss of Chipper Jones.

Lee, who is making $13 million in the final year of his deal with the Cubs, has the right to refuse any trade, as he reportedly did earlier in the season when the Angels tried to acquire him. But the CSN story says sources indicate Lee would accept the Atlanta deal to go to a division leader.

Lee, 34, has been out for a couple of days with a bulging disc in his back but is expected to return soon. He is batting .251, 55 points worse than last season, with 16 homers and 56 RBI.

Lee, who plays first base exclusively, isn't an exact fit for the Braves. Troy Glaus is underperforming badly at first, but the former third baseman can no longer play the other corner. Lee and Glaus aren't a textbook platoon, either. The Braves might just send Glaus to the bench and go the rest of the way with Omar Infante at second and Martin Prado at third.

Atlanta leads the National League East by 2 1/2 games over the Phillies.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: August 13, 2010 11:29 pm
Edited on: August 13, 2010 11:34 pm

Chipper injury could mean opportunity for M's

Chone Figgins
The Braves are trying to hold off the surging Phillies in the National League East, and now they're minus one Hall of Fame third baseman. You'd have to think their level of desperation is high right now.

Some are suggesting the Mariners could leverage that desperation to unload an ill-advised contract. Chone Figgins couldn't replace the things Chipper Jones did, but decent major-league help is tough to come by now that the non-waiver trade deadline has passed. Only players making more than their value can slip through, and Figgins, owed a minimum of $26 million and three more years on the contract he signed last winter, is highly unlikely to be snapped up.

The Mariners and Braves reportedly had discussions about Figgins at the deadline that weren't terribly serious, but Atlanta's situation has changed. And so has Seattle's since the Mariners signed Figgins thinking they were contenders. As the Seattle Times points out, the Mariners are paying $27 million of their $90 million payroll to two players: Figgins and Ichiro Suzuki. Thirty percent of your payroll for two leadoff hitters is absurd, and you know they're not trading Ichiro.

The Braves have other options. They can move Martin Prado to third and play Omar Infante every day. They can try to trade for Baltimore's Ty Wigginton, though Wigginton is a longer shot to clear waivers. But Figgins is ridiculously hot right now (batting .405/.436/.486 in August), and despite his contract, he could make the difference in whether the Braves make the playoffs by a game or miss by a game.

Are the Braves desperate enough to make this deal? Are the Mariners willing to pick up enough of Figgins' contract to make it happen? Hard to say, but you've got to think there's at least going to be a phone call between Frank Wren and Jack Zduriencik.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: August 11, 2010 9:23 pm

Two Braves close to return

Martin Prado The Braves' Jason Heyward expects to play Friday after missing the last two games and second baseman Martin Prado could be back soon, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution 's David O'Brien reports.

Prado will take live batting practice on Friday. He's eligible to come off the disabled list on Sunday, but it might be early in the week before he's activated. Prado suffered a broken right pinkie at the end of last month.

"I don't know if he's going to be a part of the series against the Dodgers or not," Braves manager Bobby Cox said. The Braves host the Dodgers for four games starting Friday.

Prado hit off a tee in Houston.

Prado could move to third base if Chipper Jones is out for an extended period of time with a knee injury, with Omar Infante staying at second base, where he is better defensively.

Heyward hurt his knee Monday in Houston and was a late scratch before the game.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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