Prado placed on the 15-day DL
Instead of playing a man short over the course of the next week, the Braves have determined to place Martin Prado on the 15-day disabled list. The All-Star second baseman fractured his right pinky finger while completing a head-first slide toward the plate in Friday’s win over the Reds.
After examining Prado again Monday, the Braves determined that it would likely be at least another week before he was strong enough to grip a bat with his right hand again. Thus they decided to disable him and promote Diory Hernandez from Triple-A Gwinnett to serve as a backup infielder.
“If he was only going to be out a couple of days, we could wait,” Braves manager Bobby Cox said. “But I don’t think it would be good if he’s going to be out for like 10 days.”
Prado said his finger was feeling a little better Monday. He took some swings off the batting tee using only his left arm and shagged fly balls during batting practice. The Braves remain hopeful that he will be ready to return to action when he’s eligible to be activated on Aug. 15.
While Prado is sidelined, Omar Infante will serve as the leadoff hitter and starting second baseman.