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Martin Prado injured in Braves win

Sep 28, 2010, 8:46 AM EDT

The Braves have dug themselves a big enough hole already, so they certainly didn’t need to add to the difficulty. But they did anyway. Inadvertently, of course, but possibly disastrously: Martin Prado hurt his hip while swinging at a pitch in the fifth. It’s been diagnosed as a hip pointer, and he “may be out awhile,” according to Bobby Cox.

Of course, the Braves don’t have “awhile.” They have five games left and they’re tied in the loss column with the Padres for the wild card.  Their replacement for Prado will be Brooks Conrad. You might remember Conrad hitting big, late-inning pinch-hit home runs against the Reds and Astros earlier this season. Which were great. But a team that was already depending on guys like Omar Infante (i.e. nice players who are being stretched beyond their capabilities), they don’t need to be depending on even more of them.

If the Braves do make the playoffs, it will be after spending a big portion of the season with a lineup consisting of a ton of guys who would be bench players on most playoff teams and with a rotation with at least two pitchers who likely would have ended on AAA rosters for most clubs.

  1. Ari Collins - Sep 28, 2010 at 9:37 AM

    Craig, I know you’re a Braves fan and this is all frustrating and depressing, but they’ve still got upwards of a 50% shot according to BP’s odds. They’ve fallen into a tie, but momentum is tomorrow’s starter, or whatever the phrase is. And they haven’t “dug themselves a hole”. Unless a half game deficit is a hole now? More like a pothole, dude.

    Now, the Rockies and Red Sox, they’ve “dug themselves a big hole”.

    I’m not sure what my point is. “Just chill out a bit on your feelings of helplessness and desperation,” maybe. Your guys have a pretty good shot at this. They’re even money!

  2. BC - Sep 28, 2010 at 9:55 AM


  3. dlf - Sep 28, 2010 at 11:02 AM

    Troy Glaus spent a few weeks in AAA Gwinnett relearning how to play 3B. But I’m not sure if the Braves are better off with him … or getting Terry Pendleton a glove.

  4. The Steve Jeltz Experiment - Sep 28, 2010 at 11:33 AM

    The good news for the Braves, such as it is, is that the Phillies have nothing left to play for this weekend. I haven’t heard how Charlie plans to deploy his pitchers, but I’d expect to see more Kyle Kendrick/Vance Worley and less of H2O.

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