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.