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Prado’s Injury Is Significant

By Freddie Brister

Infielder Martin Prado has hurt his hand playing in Cincinnati against the Reds recently. This injury is being taken seriously by the Atlanta Braves who are trying for the National League East division title. He will be on the disabled list until at least August 16.

He told interviewers that his finger got stuck in a small hole near home plate. He dove head first. The initial X-Rays showed nothing, but the testing Saturday revealed a small fracture, which doctors decided did not require surgery. The injury is a “stable avulsion fracture” which is when tendon separates away from the nearby bone. It is a painful injury and Prado said “I felt it” and “It was not normal pain.”

To his credit, his injury was not for nothing, his dive scored in Jason Heyward’s two run double. He has had a good season and was batting .315 with 13 home runs and 43 RBI, and leading the team with 138 hits and 75 runs scored. It will however hamper his ability to have a 200 hit season, having already reached 100 hits in the second fewest games in Braves history, in his 69th game. The current record for the Braves is held by Ralph Garr, who got his 100 hits in 62 games back in 1974.

Fans have good reason to be concerned, he is a strong player with a proven game. Prado is ranked in the National League with 138 hits. He also leads the majors with 44 multi hit games and his career high right now is 13 homers. Oddly enough, he is remembered for standing a bat on it’s end in a 2007 game. He had hit the ball, dropped the bat and ran for first, leaving the bat standing incredibly on it’s end.

Being called up from the Triple-A Gwinnett, Diory Hernandez will be an active infielder to assist during Prado’s absence. Hernandez will probably spot start and pinch hit in the near future as All Star Omar Infante replaces Prado as the active infielder. Omar is a dynamic asset for Atlanta, he has also started as third base, shortstop and outfielder this season.

Hernandez is also a suitable replacement, he was batting .319 as he played briefly with the parent club one year ago. He also had a 17 RBI in 30 games for Gwinnett before getting the call to the majors. Unfortunately, he recently struck out against Met’s starter Johan Santana while pinch hitting in the sixth inning.

Prado commented that “The most important games are coming up and I want to be a part of it.” Bobby Cox the current Manager of the team is optimistic saying “If he [Prado] was only going to be out a couple of days, we could wait, but I don’t think it would be good if he’s going to be out for like 10 days.” The injury was a hot topic this week on websites and sport betting organizations.

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