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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