In what's little surprise to anyone who saw the highlight of Martin Prado grabbing his hand after sliding into home in Friday's victory at Great American Ball Park, Atlanta's All-Star second baseman has been put on the 15-day disabled list.
"It's better to have someone here who is 100 percent than me just sitting on the bench," Prado told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution 's Chris Vivlamore .
Prado had X-rays and saw the team's hand specialist. Prado said there is a piece of bone on the tendon on the finger.
"They're wait for the swelling to go down to see how the tendon will react," Prado said.
Prado won't wear a cast, but will have to ice the finger every 45 minutes. Prado was hitting .315/.357/.484 with 13 homers and 43 RBI. The Braves are one of the few teams to have a backup All-Star to place at second in utility man Omar Infante. Omar Infante played second for the Braves in each of the last two games of the series in Cincinnati and went 5 for 11. Infante is leading off and playing second again on Monday. He's hitting .342/.375/.409 in 79 games for the Braves this season.
Still, taking Prado's bat out of the lineup certainly won't help the Braves, who went 3-6 on their recent road trip to Florida, Washington and Cincinnati. Atlanta hit just .234 on the trip and were .179 with runners in scoring position in those nine games.
Atlanta is home for the next seven games -- six against the Mets and four against the Giants. At home, the Braves own the majors' best record (34-13) and are hitting .271/.350/.421 at Turner Field versus .250/.336/.377 on the road.
Atlanta recalled infielder Diory Hernandez from Triple-A Gwinnett, where he was hitting .319/.344/.414.
The Braves also requested outright waivers on right-hander Chris Resop before Monday's game.
-- C. Trent Rosecrans
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