Prado encouraged by latest round of BP

Martin Prado provided some encouraging health-related news today when he was able to take batting practice without feeling the discomfort that was present 24 hours earlier.   He is hoping to play a rehab game with Triple-A Gwinnett Monday and then return to the Atlanta lineup within a day or two after that. 

Yesterday Prado said that he was somewhat concerned about the accuracy he would have while making throws from third base.  But now that his fractured right pinky has shown some signs of improvement, he doesn’t seem to concerned about this. 

Braves manager Bobby Cox said Saturday that he would allow Prado and Omar Infante to decide whether they want to be positioned at second base or third base. 

Prado has long been considered to be the best defensive option at third base.  But since the start of Spring Training, Brooks Conrad has given every reason to believe he’d be just as dependable at the hot corner. 

If the Braves want to keep Prado at second base, they could utilize both Infante and Conrad at third base.  This would at least allow them to continue gaining some of the value provided by Infante’s ability to be available to play multiple positions. 

Notes:  Eric O’Flaherty will make his second rehab appearance for Gwinnett Sunday.  O’Flaherty said that he felt strong while pitching a scoreless inning for the G-Braves Friday night…Chipper Jones had his torn ACL surgically repaired Saturday morning and then spent the rest of the day resting at his suburban Atlanta home…Billy Wagner entered Saturday five strikeouts shy of Jesse Orosco’s Major League record for left-handed relievers.  Wagner also needs just 10 more saves to match John Franco’s MLB record for left-handed relievers.  

9 Comments

Three different guys who can play 2B and 3B is a good problem to have.

WTF, “Bobby said he would let Omar and Prado decide where they want to play”??????. Maybe he should let the bullpen vote on who get’s up next.

Well we’ve scored 2 runs in the series. I sure hope we score one tomorrow so that we have a chance to win.

Yeah, I hope one of them says “I’ll play First base” and let the other one play second and leave Conrad at third. Anybody think that is worse than playing Glaus and benching Conrad??

In somewhat unrelated news, who’s our emergency catcher? I ask because Ross has pinch-hit and is out of the game. My guess is (of course) Conrad, but I dunno.

Even better than the emergency catcher question – Why does bobby refuse to let hinske hit against lefties? With Diory and Hernandez as the RH alternatives, we may need to start considering this as an option. I thought Glaus was coming around, but yesterday was the SOS. Rolling over outside pitches and hitting weak grounders to SS. I know he is hurting and he is hurting hte team. Remember when Heyward tried to play hurt?? Did not do too much.

I have a prediciton that Ankiel is going to have two hits today – 1 HR. He is due.

Freddie Freeman is now almost exactly where he was two years ago in Rome, .312/.373/.519 vs. .316/.378/.521. He has made the adjustments and is ready go to. He isn’t going into it blind as he probably talks to Heyward daily still.

It is Freeman time in Atlanta.

Dear Jair Jurrjens,

We’re going to need you to give up one run or less this afternoon… because, well, … you know why.
Sincerely,
Your offense
p.s. – We’re in a pennant race, so we’re going to need you to do this the rest of the season. No pressure…

Well we dont need to worry about the offense today, 9 runs.

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