Tag:Omar Infante
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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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 11, 2010 8:07 pm
Edited on: July 11, 2010 8:51 pm

Should one of seven players be an All-Star?

Omar Infante When the smoke finally cleared on all the injuries, dropouts and replacements, a total of 82 players will go into the books as 2010 All-Stars -- and that's assuming nothing happens in the next couple of days.

Heck, Braves closer Billy Wagner, who is retiring after this season, will be credited with his seventh All-Star berth just for taking a phone call from Charlie Manuel and saying, "Thanks but no thanks, my ankle is kind of sore."

There are, at any given time, 750 players on active major-league rosters. So 82 represents 11 percent. Let's say, conservatively, that each team has a backup catcher, two end-of-the-bench utility/pinch-hit guys and three long relievers -- spots that are irrelevant to the All-Star conversation. That gets us down to 570 let's call it "All-Star-eligible" major-league spots. You figure 82 of 570 is 14 percent.

What does it mean for the All-Star Game that one out of every seven players is an All-Star? Does it diminish the accomplishment?

The answer is yes. It would be impossible for it not to. "Four-time All-Star" will not mean the same thing, will not denote the same level of career achievement, 10 years from now that it did 10 years ago.

And yet, since commissioner Bud Selig decreed that "this time it counts" after the 2002 tie debacle, this is basically the way it has to be. All-Star managers must be given the number and variety of players they need to do everything possible to win the game.

That means Manuel has to select a guy like Braves utility man Omar Infante, giving himself the maximum number of options. It means Dodgers reliever Hong-Chih Kuo makes the team because of his extreme effectiveness against left-handers.

Yes, it's ridiculous to think each team needs a 34-man roster to play one baseball game. But it looks like there's no going back now.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: July 5, 2010 8:07 pm

All-Star managers urged to take utility player

Omar Infante

National League All-Star manager Charlie Manuel said he was instructed to include a utility player, which is why Atlanta's Omar Infante is an All-Star and Joey Votto is not.

"We were told you had to have a utility player on your team," Manuel told reporters, including the Atlanta Journal-Constitution 's Carroll Rogers . "We went over a bunch of names, and I thought [Infante] was the best one on there. He can play all the infield positions and he can play all the outfield positions. And he's hitting .300 or so."

Infante and the Braves are in Philadelphia for the start of a three-game series against Manuel's Phillies. So far this season, Infante is 6 for 17 against the Phillies.

Votto, who homered in his first at-bat on Monday, will get his chance to show Manuel what he thought of the decision when the Reds go to Philadelphia for a four-game series leading up to the break.

Baltimore's Ty Wigginton has played first, second and third this season and played the outfield last season. In his career, he's played every position except catcher, center field and pitcher.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 21, 2010 6:52 pm

Yankees should look into getting backup infielder

Alex Rodriguez On Saturday, Derek Jeter sat out with a heel problem while Alex Rodriguez, recuperating from a sore hip, DH'ed.

That left Ramiro Pena (pictured talking to Rodriguez) at shortstop and Kevin Russo at third base.

Pena, 24, is hitting .190/.235/.206 on the season in 63 at-bats while Russo, 25, isn't much better with a .196/.260/.239 line. The Yankees, for their $206 million payroll, have gone cheap with backup bench infielders and Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports feels the Yankees need to be on the hunt for better solutions.

While the squad isn't looking for help currently, Rosenthal looks ahead to September and thinks New York may need a body ready. With the AL East race as tight as it is, the Yankees may not be able to afford to rest him in September. As he's battling hip issues, he may be relegated to DH and Pena or Russo at third base for any length of time is not palatable. For Jeter's part, he's no spring chicken and is on pace for one of the poorest seasons in his career.

Rosenthal has trouble naming viable candidates, however. Omar Infante of the Braves and Macier Izturis of the Angels won't be available, while the Royals' Willie Bloomquist and Toronto's John McDonald don't represent a significant offensive upgrade. The same is true for Jayson Nix, recently designated for assignment by the White Sox. The Cubs' Ryan Theriot is a possibility if his slump continues, and Geoff Blum could be had -- except Blum has no recent extended time at short.

Red Sox manager Terry Francona, however, has said that Bloomquist is one of the best utility players in the game and Blum at the very least would be a solid option at third base.

In addition, the Milwaukee Brewers have Craig Counsell, who has the defense and the offense that could do well as a backup in New York. The Arizona Diamondbacks could dangle Augie Ojeda, although the 35-year-old is having a horrific season at the plate, albeit in just 30 at-bats.

The Yankees are expected to pursue a hitter as they near the trade deadline, but Rosenthal has it right: the team should be proactive and acquire a solid utility infielder to protect against any injury impacting the stretch drive. Sometimes, pennats are won and lost by the obsure players.

-- Evan Brunell

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