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 Tigers are trying to convert Anthony Gose into a pitcher

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Tigers’ center fielder Anthony Gose wants to try his hand at pitching, according to comments made by manager Brad Ausmus on Sunday. Gose is poised to start the year in Triple-A Toledo after receiving a midseason demotion to Double-A last summer following an altercation with Triple-A manager Lloyd McClendon.

While the experiment won’t detract from Gose’s outfield work in Triple-A, the 26-year-old is expected to take on additional bullpen sessions throughout the year. According to MLB.com’s Jason Beck, the left-handed hitter last took the mound in high school, where his fastball was clocked as fast as 97 m.p.h. Gose ultimately rejected the idea of starting his professional career as a pitcher, despite receiving favorable assessments from scouts.

Ausmus said the idea first surfaced at the end of the 2016 season. It appears to be a fallback option for the outfielder, who has struggled at the plate over his five-year career in the majors. Via Chris McCosky of the Detroit News:

Doolittle in Oakland did it and he was in the big leagues a couple of years later,” Ausmus said. “It’s going to take some time. He’s going to have to be a sponge and catch up on experience fast. But we feel it’s worth investigating.

Stephen Strasburg is the Nationals’ Opening Day starter

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Nationals’ right-hander Stephen Strasburg will take the mound for the club on Opening Day, manager Dusty Baker said on Sunday. The news is hardly surprising given Max Scherzer’s questionable status this spring, though it had yet to be confirmed by the club.

Strasburg is approaching his eighth run with the club in 2017. He went 15-4 in 2016, finishing the year with a 3.60 ERA, 2.7 BB/9 and 11.2 SO/9 in 147 2/3 innings. This will mark his fourth Opening Day assignment with the Nationals.

Scherzer, the Nationals’ Opening Day starter in both 2015 and 2016, is scheduled to make his season debut sometime during the first week of the season. The right-hander is expected to take things more slowly this spring as he finishes rehabbing a stress fracture in his finger.

The Nationals will open their season against the Marlins on April 3.