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Braves’ Prado ‘not close to being ready’ to return

Jun 21, 2011, 2:41 AM EDT


Martin Prado, who underwent surgery on June 10 to remove a staph infection from his lower right leg and left knee, is eligible to come off the disabled list on Thursday.

Unfortunately for the Atlanta Braves, that’s not going to happen soon.

David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Prado is “not close to being ready,” and that the Braves have not been given a projected date for his return.

He is eligible to return from the 15-day disabled list on Thursday, but is not close to being ready. Incisions are left open to heal after surgery for staph-infection removal, and Prado won’t be cleared to begin physical activity using his legs until the wound is closed.

Prado said recovery has been difficult, and that the pain “was brutal.” He spent the first week after surgery in bed with his leg elevated, and received antibiotics intravenously for four days.

Prado was an All-Star in 2010 when he hit .307 with 15 home runs and an .809 OPS. He’s hitting .277 with 8 home runs and 33 RBIs in 61 games this season.

The Braves are 12th in the NL in runs scored, but are the current NL wild-card leader at 41-33 thanks to a pitching staff that is allowing just 3.4 runs per game, second in the league.

  1. foreverchipper10 - Jun 21, 2011 at 11:16 AM

    I wish him the speediest of recoveries. I don’t know much about staph infections but the fact the wound needs to be left open to heal does not sound like something I want to endure. With Prado out the only thing the Braves have gained is minimal speed on the basepaths with Jordan Schafer who has something like 1/3 of ALL of the Braves SB’s this year. If Prado is out for an extended period of time I can see a numbskull move like bringing in Coco Crisp (or Juan Pierre if he gets released by the Chisox for that Dayan kid) for outfield depth even though he will provide little to no offense to one of the weaker offensive teams in the NL.

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