Updates on McLouth and Prado
While claiming a 4-3 walk-off win over the Phillies at Turner Field on Saturday afternoon, the Braves lost Nate McLouth to a nagging hamstring injury that could sideline him for more than just a couple of days.
McLouth strained his left hamstring on Aug. 8 at Dodger Stadium and still seemed to be favoring it when he returned to the Braves lineup on Friday night. After doing so again on Saturday, the Braves decided it would be best to give him some further rest.
“We’re not going to disable him,” Braves manager Bobby Cox said. “But it sure slowed him down. It was very noticeable even more than last night. He’s a center fielder and he’s limping. You’ve got to face the facts. But we’ll wait three or four days.”
If the Braves are forced to place McLouth on the disabled list, they’ll utilize Ryan Church in center field. While Church has proven to be a sound defender, he’s not capable of providing the speed that McLouth has provided the Braves since they acquired him in a June 3 trade with the Pirates.
“We’d miss him,” Matt Diaz said. “He’s a big reason for the turnaround we’ve had this year. When we traded for him, he changed our offense. He’s a big part of our team. Hopefully, he’s fine.”
McLouth was removed after drawing a fifth-inning walk just before Martin Prado took a swing that forced him to feel light-headed and dizzy.
Prado was removed before the start of the next half inning with what the Braves termed “heat-related symptoms.” The Braves second baseman said that he simply didn’t drink enough water before the game and became dizzy after consuming an energy drink. <p>
While he still had a headache while talking to the media after the game, Prado said he’ll be ready to play during Sunday night’s series finale against the Phillies.