Tag:Martin Prado
Posted on: August 2, 2010 6:29 pm
 

Braves place Prado on DL

Martin Prado 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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Posted on: July 31, 2010 1:13 pm
Edited on: July 31, 2010 1:31 pm
 

Pinky fracture for Braves' Prado


Braves All-Star second baseman Martin Prado, who injured his hand sliding into home Friday night, has a "stable avulsion fracture" of his right pinky, according to David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution (via Twitter ).

The Braves have not made a decision on whether to put him on the disabled list, but since he might be back as soon as 7-10 days, they may elect to play with 24 men rather than lose him for longer than necessary.

-- David Andriesen

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Category: MLB
Posted on: July 31, 2010 1:48 am
 

Braves holding breath on Prado

Martin Prado
The Braves say X-rays on All-Star second baseman Martin Prado's right pinky finger were inconclusive Friday night, and he'll undergo further tests Saturday.

Prado injured the hand sliding headfirst into home, scoring the final run in the Braves' 6-4, 10-inning victory. It appeared that Reds catcher Ramon Hernandez stepped on Prado's hand.

Losing Prado for any length of time would be a blow to the Braves, who have a 3 1/2-game lead on the Phillies in the National League East. He's batting .316/.357/.487 with a NL-leading 137 hits, and has 13 homers and 42 RBI.

If the Braves get bad news on Prado on Saturday, they might have to move fast to get someone to fill in (Brooks Conrad is Prado's backup, batting .238 but with some pop). The trade deadline is 4 p.m. ET on Saturday. Ty Wigginton is still available, and they might be able to get in on the Cubs' Ryan Theriot. The Marlins' Dan Uggla and the Oakland's Mark Ellis are more expensive options whose availability is not clear.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: July 1, 2010 3:28 am
 

Phillips finds his spot at top of Reds' lineup

Brandon Phillips CINCINNATI -- Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips is already thinking about spending time with his family when the All-Stars gather in Anaheim later this month.

It's not that he thinks he doesn't deserve to be an All-Star, he's thought he's deserved it the last couple of years and hasn't gotten the call, so he's not expecting it on Sunday, when the teams are announced.

"I feel like I should have been an All-Star years ago, so I'm not looking forward to it. I don't really care," Phillips said. "I'd like to have my four days off and be in Georgia and go do some things with my sister. That's it."

With Chase Utley on the disabled list, Phillips, 29, certainly deserves a spot on the squad, alongside Atlanta's Martin Prado. Still, with Dan Uggla also fighting for a spot, it wouldn't be a shock if Phillips were left off.

With a 30/30 season under his belt, Phillips is actually enjoying his best season in the big leagues. Phillips is hitting .313/.371/.481 with nine home runs, 25 RBI and 10 stolen bases.

He's also finally found his spot in the lineup. He'd been used as a cleanup hitter the last couple of years, a role he was miscast in, but still managed to rack up at least 75 RBI in each of the four seasons and 94 or more in two of the last three.

That's where he started this season, as well, but Dusty Baker moved him up in the order in May and let Scott Rolen bat cleanup.

"He's fit in in every spot we've put him in," Baker said. "He fit in at second, he did well in the cleanup spot, even though he was much-maligned, he still had 97 RBI. Now he's taken to this leadoff spot, he's taking pitches, he's a smart player. He's not hitting .313 because he can't play."

Still, Phillips said he's changed his approach dramatically since he's been moved up in the lineup, cutting down his swing and laying off pitches outside the strike zone.

"I'm not the same hitter I was when i hit fourth, the way I hit right now, I can't hit fourth doing it," Phillips said. "Hitting fourth, it's all about RBI, I proved to everybody I can hit fourth. I didn't hit for a high average, but I had the power numbers and I had the RBIs. I had 90-plus RBIs every year, but that's not me. I'm the type of guy who has gotten the team going. I'm trying to show everyone that I can do many things."

Too often, perhaps, he was trying to show others who he was instead of listening to himself.

"He hits the ball to the opposite field very well, I don't want to put words into his mouth, but I think with a man on first base he feels like he can hit that hole instead of swinging for a double or a home run," Rolen said. "For me, I'm not going to hit that hole, I'm not going to shoot a ball into the hole or bunt. I'm going to try to hit the ball in the middle of the field and hit the gaps. If I hit second, that's what I try to do. He's got a nice compact, right-field swing, but he can also hit the ball out of the ballpark. He sprays singles around and that's healthy."

Rolen has been something of a mentor to Phillips. It's not overt or like Rolen has put his arm around Phillips' shoulders and telling him the secrets of the game. That's not Rolen's style, but Phillips has been sure to keep an eye on the veteran and listen to everything he says.

"Scott Rolen told me, 'Brandon you don't know what type of player you are until you start winning.' I'm starting to see what he meant by that," Phillips said. "Scotty said he's seen so much potential in me and I have yet to see it. I'm starting to see it now. Coming from Scott Rolen, someone who has been at it a long time, to get a comment like that… I'm just going to run with it and do what I'm do."

What he's been able to do so far is spark the Reds offense at the top of the lineup. He has a career-high .371 on-base percentage. Last season he got on base at a .329 clip and has just a .318 career OBP.

"I like hitting leadoff, I jut have to change my role. Ever since they've moved me to first or second, my job is to get on base," Phillips said. "I'm not trying to hit for power or do what I was doing when I was hitting fourth. Right now, my main objective is to get on base for Joey Votto, Rolen and (Jonny) Gomes."

It's a sound strategy -- Phillips leads the National League with 60 runs, in part because he's on base for Votto, Rolen and Gomes, all three in the top 11 in RBI in the National League.

Phillips has just seven games in the leadoff spot, but the numbers aren't that much different than what he's been doing over the last month. As a leadoff guy, he's hitting .417/.447/.556 and in the last 30 games, .395/.424/.543, including a 2-for-5 performance against Roy Halladay in Wednesday's Reds victory.

The Reds have been searching for a leadoff man for the last couple of years, using the likes of Jerry Hairston Jr., Ryan Freel, Drew Stubbs, Cabrera, Willy Taveras and Corey Patterson. In the end, maybe the player they were searching for was right there under their nose, even if he wasn't ready for it. But, now, Phillips says, it's his time.

"I've got to be the Jose Reyes, Jimmy Rollins for this team. I'm just trying to get things started," Phillips said. "It's fun. Winning is really just turned me into a different player, it's made me stay on top of my game and made me stay focused."

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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