Second week of camp begins
Martin Prado has been one of the first players to arrive at the stadium during Spring Training and he has always been the last to leave this year. To Brian McCann and those who have known Prado throughout his professional career, this simply isn’t a surprise.
“You’re not going to find a guy who works harder than him,” McCann said early Monday morning.
Strength and conditioning coach Phil Falco could only nod his head when he was asked if he basically has to tell Prado that it’s time to leave the weight room.
But Prado has never seemed to believe enough is enough until the late afternoon hours arrive. Like clockwork, he has been leaving the Spring Training headquarters around 2:45 p.m. ET, or approximately 90 minutes after most of his teammates.
Prado spent the past two Spring Trainings inspired by the belief that he had to fight for a roster spot. This year, he’s fighting to prove he can make the quick transition to left field and continue to be the dependable offensive contributor that he has been the past couple of years.
He has spent most of his time focusing on taking fly balls in left field. But with the realization that he will eventually move back to the infield (this year or within the next couple of seasons), he has also continued to take grounders with Chipper Jones at third base.
Speaking of Chipper, he has had two good days since his surgically-repaired left knee proved to be sore during Saturday’s workout. As mentioned multiple times, he’s going to have good days and he’s going to have bad days.
The Braves can only hope that once the middle of March rolls around there are few mentions about his knee.
Manager Fredi Gonzalez said he isn’t ready to announce his Opening Day starter. But it seems quite obvious that he will choose either Tim Hudson or Derek Lowe, who has made both of the previous Opening Day starts for the Braves.
With this being said, Gonzalez said he will reveal his Grapefruit League rotation tomorrow. This might provide at least some clue whether Hudson or Lowe will be on the mound for Opening Day in D.C.