Martin Prado was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a fractured right pinky finger Monday, according to
Prado injured the finger while sliding to score a run in the 10th inning of last Friday’s win over the Reds. The Braves originally hoped that he would be able to avoid a stint on the disabled list and return within 7-10 days, however Braves manager Bobby Cox ultimately decided against playing short-handed.
“If he can play in three or four days it would be great,” Cox said
before the meeting with Prado. “I don’t know if we can go 10 days being
Prado underwent additional X-rays Monday which showed a piece of bone on the tendon is causing pain.
“They’re waiting for the swelling to go down to see how the tendon will
react,” said Prado, who added he won’t wear a cast so he can ice the
finger every 45 minutes. “Then they’ll probably put the bat in my hands
to see how it feels. It’s hard for me to be sitting around not doing
anything. I have to be doing something and this injury is not going to
stop me from doing my work.”
Diory Hernandez was called up from Triple-A Gwinnett in a corresponding roster move, however super-sub All-Star Omar Infante will fill in at second base in the interim.
Kyle Schwarber broke into the bigs in 2015 with a big bat. After missing almost all of the last season with an injury, he reemerged as a postseason hero, posting a .971 OPS in the World Series. As 2017 began he was supposed to be one of the key parts of a potent Cubs offense.
Then the baseball games actually started and he has hit a mere .171/.295/.378. Indeed, he has the lowest batting average among qualified MLB hitters in 2017. Given that he has very little if any defensive value, he has been a significant drag on the Cubs, who are just a single game over .500.
The Cubs are also putting Jason Heyward on the disabled list, so the outfield is a bit of a mess these days. Lucky for them, they’re only trailing the Brewers by a game and a half.
A surprising move out of Oakland: the Athletics have designated catcher Stephen Vogt for assignment.
Vogt is suffering through a bad season at the plate, hitting .217/.287/.357, so on the basis of pure performance it’s understandable that the A’s may want to part ways with the 32-year-old former All-Star. That said, Vogt is considered to be a leader in the Oakland clubhouse and is one of the last players remaining from the A’s 2013-14 playoff teams.
Catcher Bruce Maxwell has been recalled from Triple-A to take Vogt’s place on the roster. Main catching duties will belong to Josh Phegley.