Braves place Martin Prado on the disabled list

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Martin Prado was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a fractured right pinky finger Monday, according to Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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
short.”

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.

The Angels to lower the right field wall

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The Los Angeles Angels announced today that they will lower the right field wall at Angel Stadium from 18 feet to eight feet.

The stated reason: to make room for a new out-of-town scoreboard and “philosophical changes.” Obviously, though, helping out lefty power hitters is on the agenda too. As it was, Angel Stadium was in the bottom ten of all parks in allowing homers for lefties.

One of their own lefties is Kole Calhoun, who is a pull hitter. Another one could be Shohei Ohtani, who is a lefty hitter. Although, as a righty pitcher, that could harm him against opposing lefty batters. I’m assuming, though, that the Angels ran a bunch of numbers to establish that this move helps them more than it hurts them, or else they wouldn’t be doing it.