Prado rests sore left knee
Martin Prado has routinely put up a fight when he has been left out of the starting lineup in the past. But after getting hit on the side of his left knee with a throw as he was stealing second base Tuesday night, Prado returned to Sun Life Stadium Wednesday and knew he needed a day to rest.
“My best indication was when he didn’t put up a fight,” Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. “Usually, he’ll come in and say I’m playing, I’m playing. But he didn’t come in today. With guys like that, that’s a pretty good indicator.”
Gonzalez joking said Prado was walking around “like Bobby Cox in the clubhouse.” The valuable left fielder suffered a left knee contusion when Marlins catcher John Buck’s errant throw hit him as he was recording a ninth-inning stolen base.
“When that play happened, I thought they bumped knees,” Gonzalez said of Prado and Marlins shortstop Ozzie Martinez. “If they would have been playing kickball, he would have been out.”
Gonzalez did not think Prado would be available to even serve as a pinch hitter Wednesday night. But he was hoping his veteran outfielder would return for Thursday’s series finale against the Marlins.