Prado will miss the remainder of the season
Martin Prado will miss the remainder of the season. Results from an MRI exam performed Tuesday afternoon revealed that he has a torn left oblique muscle.
This was damaging news for the Braves who already were prepared to be without him for a week or two while he recovered from a left hip pointer suffered during Monday night’s win over the Marlins. The oblique strain will require at least two months of rehab.
With Prado sidelined, the Braves will use Brooks Conrad as their primary third baseman. Diory Hernandez would serve as the next best defensive option at third. Troy Glaus and Eric Hinske could play the hot corner in an emergency situation.
Prado seemingly suffered the hip pointer and oblique strain while going across his body and leaping to grab Dan Uggla’s fourth-inning line drive in the fifth inning of Monday night’s win over the Marlins.
One inning later Prado landed on his hip again and slowly rose to his feet. During the bottom of the fifth, he hit a chopper back to the mound and then went to the ground after taking just a step or two out of the batter’s box.